Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

January 29, 2008 14:39 ET

PIPSC: Unions and Associations of Employees and Retirees Determined to Win Their Pension Appeal Case

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2008) - In conjunction with the Armed Forces Pensioners'/Annuitants' Association of Canada, the Association des membres de la Police Montee du Quebec, the B.C. Mounted Police Professional Association and the Mounted Police Association of Ontario, eighteen bargaining agents representing all federal public service employees reached unanimous agreement at a meeting with legal counsel on January 23 to staunchly pursue their appeal of Mr. Justice de Lotbiniere Panet's decision in the pension surplus case.

They showed unequivocal determination in taking their pension surplus appropriation case to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

The stakeholders are firmly resolved to win this case even if it means taking it to the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary not only to rectify a flagrant injustice committed in 1999 by the government of the day, but also to prevent the Government of Canada and/or any other employer from abusing its authority so shamelessly ever again.

In a decision delivered on November 20, 2007, Ontario Superior Court Justice de Lotbiniere Panet had dismissed the court challenge of the federal public service pension surplus dispute.

The eighteen bargaining agents, employees' associations and retirees' groups that together represent more than 300,000 members undertook this legal challenge in 1999, following passage of Bill C-78, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board Act that enabled the federal government to appropriate some 30.2 billion dollars from Public Service, RCMP and Canadian Forces pension funds.

The stakeholders are the following organizations:

Armed Forces Pensioners' / Annuitants' Association of Canada

Association des membres de la Police Montee du Quebec

Association of Canadian Financial Officers (formerly known as the
Association of Public Service Financial Administrators)

Association of Justice Counsel

B.C. Mounted Police Professional Association

Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, CAW Local 5454

Canadian Association of Professional Employees

Canadian Association of Professional Radio Operators CAW-TCA Local 2182

Canadian Federal Pilots Association

Canadian Merchant Service Guild

Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 588-G

Federal Government Dockyard Chargehands Association

Federal Government Dockyard Trades and Labour Council (East)

Federal Government Dockyard Trades and Labour Council (West)

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2228

Mounted Police Association of Ontario

Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Public Service Alliance of Canada

Research Council Employees' Association

Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN).

Contact Information

    Francine Pressault
    613-228-6310, ext. 2228
    Joselito Calugay
    613-293-9324 (cell)
    Lyle Stewart