Changes proposed in budget would have seen drug costs increase for many seniors.
Retirees / NUARC
(National Union Action on Retiree Concerns)
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Webinar on pension plan funding and the role of the actuary to take place Friday, April 8.
Spending plan will also invest heavily in "unsexy" infrastructure projects.
NUPGE set to deliver first in a series of five Pension Basics webinars.
"The Pension Basics webinars are a part of NUPGE’s ongoing efforts to increase the knowledge base and skill level of our activists in the important area of pensions." — Larry Brown, NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer
The ink is barely dry on last week’s Ontario budget and already Premier Kathleen Wynne is conceding the possibility that her government didn’t “get it right” on the sensitive issue of prescription drugs for seniors.
She’s correct: making most seniors pay more for their prescriptions is a wrong-headed approach and the sooner the government backs away from it, the better.
It’s the biggest flaw in what was generally a well-crafted budget, considering Ontario’s difficult financial situation.
Three out of five health authorities are providing fewer hours of home support, while the seniors' population is growing in four out of their five areas.
"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
“I encourage all of our members to complete this survey and help build the data needed to ensure that our governments, policy makers and employers cannot look the other way on the challenges faced by employed caregivers!” — James Clancy, NUPGE National 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).