Pension reform introduced by NDP government

EDMONTON – Historic reform of public sector pension plans was introduced in the Legislature this week and is expected to be law by early December.

After months of discussion with unions and other stakeholders, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci introduced Bill 27, making the Local Authorities Pension Plan (and two other plans) fully ‘joint trusteeship’ plans.

“Joint Trusteeship means changes to our pension plan have to be negotiated between our employers and us,” explained CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts. “In the past, when the government wanted to change our plan, usually for the worst, they could do it with the stroke of a pen. No more.”

The Notley government actions are based on best practices for pension plans. Other provinces in Canada have accepted joint trusteeship of their plans because they know that when employees have more control over their plans, everyone benefits.

“We know that CUPE and other unions have a lot of knowledge about how to run pension plans and keep them healthy,” said Roberts. “Jointly trusteed pension plans are almost always better off financially.”

Roberts said Conservative governments have been promising this change since as far back as 1992, but have only delivered broken promises.  “Bill 27 is a recognition of best practices adopted by other Provinces and an end to years of broken promises.”

All Presidents Meeting -Young Workers Forum & Political Action Workshop – February 1-2, 2019

CUPE Alberta is inviting all Local Presidents and in addition; one Local Executive Officer and one Young Worker to attend to our Annual All President’s meeting on February 1, 2019. There will also be a Young Worker’s Forum and Political Action workshops on February 2nd.

That’s right, up to three members per Local may attend, one of which must be a Young Worker.  We look forward to seeing you in Calgary on February 1 and 2, 2019!

(Registration fee will be waived for the Young Worker to attend the All President meeting. Event details will be forthcoming.)

 

Better Alberta

Accomplishments of the Notley government.

  • Made long overdue changes to health and safety rules to ensure workplace safety committees and a range of other improvements.
  • $100 million to improve drinking water in First Nations communities.
  • Introduced a dental fee guide to lower the cost of dental services.
  • Invested money into Fresh Start recovery homes, creating 46 new addiction recovery spaces in Calgary.
  • Brought back the STEP program to create jobs for students.

The NDP works for all Albertans.

CUPE Alberta

CUPE Welcomes Pension Changes

EDMONTON – The announcement yesterday that Alberta public sector pension plans will be jointly managed between workers and government is great news for the health of these plans, CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts said today.

Premier Rachel Notley announced yesterday that the Alberta government will introduce legislation in the fall to make public pension plans jointly trusteed, meaning they will be governed by a board of employee and employer representatives. Changes to the pension plan will have to be negotiated and agreed to by both sides.

Roberts said the changes mean workers will have a say over how their pensions are managed.

“In 2013, the Conservative government of the day tried to cut pension benefits to thousands of Albertans who had spent lifetimes paying into them,” said Roberts. “With this announcement, it will be much harder for any government to do that again. This is great news.”

Roberts said Alberta is one of the only provinces without jointly trusteed plans.

“Other provinces made this move long ago, and it resulted in healthier pension plans,” said Roberts. “Employees have skin in the game, so it makes sense to let us be a part of how the plans are managed. It’s in our interests for the plans to be healthy.”

Invest in the Future

Accomplishments of the Notley government.

  • Created new funding for school playgrounds so parents don’t need to fund raise to have them at their local school.
  • Invested over $40 million for solar programs in homes, businesses, First Nations, municipalities and farms.
  • Building a new emergency room for the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton.
  • Approved $1.7M for maintenance of homeless facilities in Edmonton.
  • Approved $750K to improve health outcomes for Calgary homeless.

 

The NDP works for all Albertans.

CUPE Alberta

 

Protect your future

Notley government accomplishments

  • Tightened rules around gay straight alliances in schools so kids can join without being outed.
  • Building a new neonatal care unit in St. Albert.
  • Cancelled the privatization of hospital lab services in Edmonton. Brought that service in-house under Alberta Health Services.
  • Started Alberta’s first housing strategy, building 4,000 units of affordable housing.
  • Promoting and fighting for the Trans Mountain pipeline and Alberta’s energy industry.

The NDP works for all Albertans .
CUPE Alberta