September 2017 Email To Retirees

September 10, 2017
 
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
 
Because nearly a decade has gone by without full indexation of pension payments, CUPE staff retirees have fallen significantly behind inflation. In meetings and correspondence with the employer, the staff unions and pension trustees, the CUPE Retirees’ Association has been persistently advocating for resolution of this problem.
 
Over the last several months, the CSU and COPE have been bargaining jointly on pension issues and been making significant progress towards an agreement with the employer, including on some form of indexation guarantee.
 
Unfortunately, this headway slowed in May after the Ontario government announced it will introduce legislation in the fall to amend solvency rules for defined benefit pension plans like ours. CUPE may be hoping the new legislation will relieve them of the requirement to make certain special payments into the plan.  Whether it does or not, the inflation indexation problem for CUPE retirees needs resolution.  Following the provincial announcement, CUPE stopped responding to staff union proposals and pension bargaining has basically ground to a halt. This may be because CUPE hopes the new legislation will relieve them of the requirement to make certain special payments into the plan. Whether it does or not, the inflation indexation problem for CUPE retirees drags on.
 
The staff unions believe their pension proposals are fair, thorough and comprehensive. They are disappointed that the employer has not responded and are insisting on a resumption of active talks and some good faith resolution on a way forward prior to the CUPE National Convention in October.  CUPE seems to be dragging their feet.
 
So it’s time for retirees to emphasize to CUPE that indexing needs to be resolved now.  The Executive of the CUPE Retirees’ Association are asking for your help.  We think the CUPE National Officers and NEB members need to hear directly from individual retirees about the seriousness of the problem and the need for a speedy resolution. The National Executive Board will be meeting on September 11th and 12th.  We know it’s short notice, but the need is urgent.  We’re asking you to take the time to let the Officers and NEB members from your region know what the lack of inflation protection has meant for you personally. We need to speak with a common voice to let the employer know we expect a speedy resolution.
 
Enclosed please find an email model, worksheet and contact information to help you craft your own letter, which we hope you will send prior to the NEB meeting. Information about what the indexation delay has meant for you personally will be particularly powerful which is why we’ve included a worksheet with suggestions on what you may want to include. Even if you’re not able to add personal details please consider using the model letter as its important they hear from as many retirees as possible.
A decade has been more than enough time to wait. Thank you in advance for your help.
 
In solidarity,
  
Susan Attenborough
President
CUPE Retirees’ Association
 
cc: B. Redlin, Vice-President; C. Lefebvre, Secretary; B. Thorsteinson, Treasurer

Attach: Email model, worksheet and contact information