Program will not benefit majority of Canadians preparing for retirement.
The National Union of Public and General Employees has a large and growing pool of active retirees who make a powerful, political force across the country.
The number of retirees is going to accelerate dramatically over the next several decades as baby boomers begin turning 65. About one million union members could retire in the next 10 years and today's retirees are living a lot longer than past generations. They are healthier, more mobile and more active in their communities.
More retirees mean more voice on public policy issues that are important to the labour movement, union retirees and all seniors. Retirees are engaging in politics; they show up to vote and they form an increasingly larger share of the voter turnout. The percentage of the growing senior population that votes leads by far any other age group. If trend lines continue, retirees will be a dominate force in future elections.
Many retirees helped build the union when they were working. Despite officially leaving the workforce, many want to stay connected or involved in union issues and campaigns. Retirees also need a voice to respond to the constant threat to social programs and benefits on which they will rely in the coming years (pension, employer-sponsored health benefits).
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In 2010, the National Union created a national committee (National Union Action on Retiree Concerns, NUARC) to work wth our Component retiree divisions and to encourage the on going participation of our retirees at the national level. NUPGE will continue to make connections with retiree and seniors' organizations that share our common issues and concerns. This website will act as a gathering place for information about issues of concern to retirees within and outside the labour movement.
In addition, through the National Union and its Associate Membership Program, all retired NUPGE members have free access to discounted services, including extended health and dental coverage and home, auto and travel insurance.
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