Death, accidental death and accidental dismemberment benefits are provided to active and retired Longshoremen who have eligibility under the ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan. 

There are two separate Programs of death, accidental death and accidental dismemberment benefits.  Program I covers all eligible actively employed Longshoremen.  Program II covers all eligible Longshoremen retired under the ILWU-PMA Pension Plan or the ILWU-PMA Watchmen Pension Plan, as well as certain Social Security retirees. Accidental dismemberment benefits are paid to the eligible Longshoreman.Death and Accidental Death Benefits are paid to the Active or Retired Longshoreman’s designated beneficiary.  


The ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan Beneficiary Designation Form must be completed by active and retired Longshoremen in order to make a beneficiary designation.  Beneficiary Designation Forms may be obtained at the locals or from the Welfare Plan office. 

Beneficiary Designation Forms must be submitted to the Trustees c/o the ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan office in San Francisco.  No Beneficiary Designation Form will be effective until it is received by the Trustees. 

Changes in beneficiary designation may be made at any time by submitting a new Beneficiary Designation Form to the Welfare Plan office. 

The designated beneficiary may be any person or organization except an ILWU local, the ILWU International, and Pacific Maritime Association.  A valid Living Trust may also be the designated beneficiary.  A Longshoreman may designate more than one beneficiary and specify the percentage of benefits payable to each, and/or specify a contingency beneficiary to take the place of a primary beneficiary who is deceased or otherwise unqualified to receive the benefit.  If no designation is made, benefits are paid under the laws of the State of California and as provided in the agreements between the Trustees of the Welfare Plan and Alta Health & Life Insurance Company. 

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