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In one of the biggest pieces of irony since – well, ask me the one about New York’s Irish firefighters collecting money in their boots for The Cause in the 1990s some time – it turns out that the biggest threat to some workers hoping to get pension benefits may be pension plans themselves.

Businessweek did a bit of connect-the-dots investigation into the lives of some workers in Massachusetts who found that by being downsized and having their jobs neutralized and outsourced for a third of the pay, it actually benefited their own pension plans – in a case of cannibalism gone wild.

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