Labour Coalition on Pensions

Labour Coalition on Pensions

March 18, 2014 12:10 ET

Media Advisory: Public-Sector Workers to Rally Province-Wide on March 20 to Fight Pension Cuts

HINTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 18, 2014) - Public-sector workers will rally at 28 or more locations throughout Alberta on Thursday, March 20, to defend their modest pensions, which the Redford Government has threatened to gut.

Twenty-eight sites in Hinton, Edmonton, St. Albert, Red Deer, Camrose, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Peace River, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Calgary have been selected for the lunchtime rallies.

In addition, informal smaller-scale activities are expected near many other public-sector worksites throughout the province.

The Hinton rally will take place outside MLA Robin Campbell's constituency office, 554 Carmichael Lane.

Senior elected officers of the major Alberta public sector unions will be available at all sites for interviews with media.

Changes proposed by the Redford Government for public service pension plans will threaten core benefits, make it more difficult for retired workers with modest pensions to keep up with inflation, and destabilize pension plans resulting in the possibility of future cuts.

The changes announced by the government will also hit frontline job classifications dominated by women, such as nursing, social work and administrative work, much harder than those dominated by men.

The government's proposed changes to the Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP) and the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) will also make recruitment and retention of public-sector workers more difficult in Alberta's booming economy.

The Redford Government drew up the changes without meaningful consultation with the people who have the most at stake - the workers who contribute to the pensions and rely on them for retirement security.

Contact Information

  • Alberta Federation of Labour
    Olav Rokne
    Communications Director
    780.289.6528 (cell)
    orokne@afl.org