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August 15 deadline to tell the government: “Hands off my pension!”

Even before the Redford government introduced its legislation to cut public-sector pensions, AUPE members were mobilizing. And it’s working—all of your phone calls, emails, and meetings with MLAs, your spirited demonstrations and rallies, and your impassioned and intelligent presentations have forced the government to take a step back and, in its own words, “hit the pause button” on pension cuts.

Now you have one more important opportunity to make sure that they get the message. The Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future is accepting written submissions until Friday, August 15. AUPE is encouraging members to write to the committee and tell them that Bills 9 and 10 would fundamentally undermine the Local Authorities Pension Plan and Public Services Pension Plan if passed in their current form.

Please send submissions to:

Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future
801 Legislature Annex, 9718 – 107 Street Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 1E4
E-mail: EconomicFuture.Committee@assembly.ab.ca
Phone: 780.427.1350 Toll-free: 310.0000

The August 15 deadline concludes the committee’s review of the bills, following hearing sessions in June, which were filled in locations across the province with concerned Albertans overwhelmingly speaking against the negative impacts of the bills. After hearing from stakeholders, the committee will prepare a report for the Legislature this fall, recommending what changes, if any, should be made to our pension plans.

Click here for a guide to help you personalize your submission and maximize its impact. The AUPE website also offers a wealth of background information: www.aupe.org/pension-updates. Once you have sent your submission, send a copy to AUPE and keep in touch to make sure that we keep the pressure on (Attention: Andrew Hanon, Senior Communications Advisor a.hanon@aupe.org).

Your voice is important—to protect the savings of lifetime public sector workers, to protect the future of young workers, to prevent labour shortages and disputes, and to maintain the checks and balances necessary to keep our governments accountable to the people they serve.

The pension issue, in a nutshell

Click here to download a PDF version of the article "Undefined benefits," which will appear in the spring issue of AUPE's Direct Impact magazine. The article explains in clear language what the Conservative plan will do to your retirement. Feel free to distribute the article to others.

It can be difficult to understand what the PC government's planned pension changes mean for you, especially if retirement is still decades away. The truth is, the younger you are now, the more the cuts will hurt you in retirement. Click here to download examples of how much the PC government plan will cost employees of the GOA.

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