Really wasn't sure where I wanted to post this. This doesn't fit in our pension thread but thought it was worth posting.

CHICAGO -- Former union members have lost their claim that the trustees of a retirement fund failed in their fiduciary duty regarding an employee benefits plan.

The members, who were attempting to initiate a class action against an arm of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, did not manage to state a proper claim, according to Judge John Tharp of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois.

In an action that turned on claims that trustees of the Inter-Local Pension Fund of the Graphic Communications Conference violated provisions of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in collecting contributions to the pension fund from multiple union organizations.

In an opinion issued June 26, Tharp agreed the plaintiffs had standing to sue under the federal law, as they were alleging the union failed to enforce contributions to the fund,causing some members to have paid less into the pot, harming the retirement fund members.