"If we want more frontline staff, we need to be creating incentives for new workers to enter the profession, and to transition part-time and casual workers into a full-time career. That is what we are hearing from the government, so it is encouraging news for seniors and workers alike." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Retirees / NUARC
(National Union Action on Retiree Concerns)
- See also Pensions and Retirement Security
“It’s like they took $1.2 million that belongs to Grey County residents and set it on fire.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President and Treasurer
“I’m as pleased as punch that we can take away some anxiety that some members might have about their retirement income." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Thousands joined the MGEU’s 2 pension tele-meetings to talk about potential changes to pensions and ask questions. If you missed the call, recordings of both meetings are now available.
“Our union remains committed to protecting public pensions and ensuring the government lives up to its promise to protect them as well." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"This report provides more evidence that austerity policies do nothing to improve the lives of British Columbians." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“We look forward to meeting with the government to make sure that the significant investment negotiated with Ottawa by the previous government will go into addressing these issues.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"The former government spent 16 years balancing the books by eroding public services, and this government has clearly signalled a new approach that reflects a number of priorities the BCGE/NUPGEU has identified in our budget submissions." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The campaign for retiree pension benefits was strong and effective forcing the government to negotiate.
“For people without defined benefit pension plans, there’s an ever-present fear of seeing a significant drop in their retirement income.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President