NUPGE set to deliver first in a series of five Pension Basics webinars.
Pensions and Retirement Security
"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
Author of new report forecasts two worrying retirement trends.
By Richard Shillington, Yesterday, iPolitics
As the new Liberal government prepares to table its first budget, the twin challenges of ensuring adequate retirement security and reducing seniors' poverty are coming into sharper focus.
A report published Tuesday by the Broadbent Institute provides new data on seniors' income and retirement savings. It paints a stark picture of worsening poverty and inadequate savings trends, and offers a clear baseline of evidence for government action.
"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.