NUPGE Retirees

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.

Bigger, Stronger

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.

Political Clout

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.

Staying Active

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).

On the National Front

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.


Recent NUPGE stories

'Could save taxpayers the cost of high management fees associated with the private sector insurance business and make pension coverage more effective and affordable.'

“Alberta simply don’t believe that there should be a public response to what they consider to be a private issue. It’s not a view that the government of Nova Scotia shares.

The percentage of paid workers covered by a pension plan declined, from 41% in 1998 to 38% in 2008.

38% will work out of financial necessity while 5% are waiting to win a lottery.

'2010 has been an important year for NUPGE and its Components. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together. But the struggle continues. The labour movement will face many challenges in 2011.'

'I'm pleased Minister Sheridan believes that its time to increase benefits under the CPP.' - Shelley Ward.

The Gilded Age of the 1920s is back for the super-rich while the middle class treads water or struggles to keep from sliding backward.

Expanding the CPP would ultimately save governments money, by making future retirees less financially dependent.

A $35,000-a-year caregiver in a nursing home doesn’t usually get much news coverage.

'This is a great opportunity to voice your support for Medicare and send a message about the kind of health care system you want!'

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