"The federal government has a major role to play in combating seniors' poverty in the most effective way — by increasing the benefits to the CPP." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"These studies suffer from significant methodological weaknesses and inconsistencies and massively oversell their results."
The percentage of workers covered by a pension plan has decreased from 40.6% of the Canadian workforce in 1998 to just 37.9% in 2013.
Let’s work together to bring back “fairness for all” and say goodbye to thinking that says “you’re on your own.” — Debbie Bovyer, PEIUPSE President
“Minister’s Oliver’s CPP announcement has to be seen for what it really is, a feeble attempt by the Conservative government to blunt the repeated calls for CPP reform. Canadians will not be fooled by such a sham.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer
Commentary by Larry Brown, National Secretary-Treasurer, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
"If new attacks on your pension security are launched by the government, we'll mobilize to deal with them." — Gil McGowan, Chair, Alberta Labour Coalition on Pensions.
Edmonton (23 Sept. 2014) — Albertans who have been fighting to protect public pension plans can breathe a sigh of relief this week. Jim Prentice, the new Premier of Alberta, has prorogued the Legislature, and by doing so, killed controversial Bill 9 and Bill 10.
Elisabeth Ballermann, President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE), has written the members that while she is encouraged by news that government is backing away from pension changes warns that members to keep up the fight.
In 2010, men accounted for 50.1% of total pension plan membership, while the percentage of women rose to 49.9%, a record level. In the early 1970s, men accounted for almost 75% of total membership in pension plans.
“We want C4Ps to focus on a positive message which talks about the impact workplace pensions have in providing seniors with decent retirement income as well as creating a strong and healthy economy.”
For the first time, NSGEU/NUPGE representatives will share in the decision-making about the plan’s assets and will have a say about what to do if the plan is over or underfunded.