Charles Storke joined Trucker Huss in early 1996. He has over 30 years of experience in representing regional, state-wide and local multiemployer pension and health and welfare plans, including the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust Fund, the largest Taft-Hartley trust in the United States.
Mr. Storke has considerable knowledge and experience with tax-qualification and other Internal Revenue Code issues for multiemployer pension plans, particularly those covering non-bargaining unit employees of contributing employers. He has represented plan fiduciaries in connection with Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service audits and federal court litigation under ERISA, and has represented multiemployer pension plans in defending challenges to employer withdrawal liability assessments under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980.
He has counseled trustees of financially troubled pension plans on their responsibilities under the funding provisions of the Pension Protection Act and the parties who sponsor those plans on the implications of those funding requirements for their labor negotiations. He has been actively involved in developing legislation to provide temporary relief for multiemployer pension plans from the funding requirements of the Pension Protection Act to allow them to adjust for the significant losses most incurred with the collapse of the global financial markets in 2008.