MUNICIPAL PENSIONS – Who is responsible?
Published: Thursday, 31 January 2013 18:17
Local Authorities PENSION PLAN
Important Update – January 2013
There has been much discussion about potential changes to the Local Authorities Pension Plan. Like many pension plans, the LAPP has a large unfunded liability at this time. In order to address the unfunded liability, there needs to be more contributions and/or changes made to the plan itself to off-set the liability.
There are three options that are being explored and none of the three choices are particularly appealing. Further to this, you can also expect new standards regarding taking out your commuted value (cash value) from the pension plan, and this will be discussed by LAPP in March 2013.
Not all of us have a good working knowledge about our pension plan. Many people don't, and simply count on the pension being in place when they need it. That was a reasonably safe approach for many years. It is still reasonable to count on your pension being there when you need it, however you will need to become involved in the path to your pension earlier than you may have anticipated.
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Right To Work "For Less"
Published: Thursday, 24 January 2013 22:46
Paraphrased, “FROM THE OFFICERS”, The Electrical Worker, January 2013
Passage of right-to work legislation in Michigan marks a huge step backward for working families – both in the Midwest and across the United States. Contrary to the claims of right-to-work boosters, there is no evidence that weakening unions will make a jurisdiction more competitive to create jobs. What it will do is “Walmartize” the economy, creating a haven from low-wage jobs that do little to lift the average worker out of poverty.
Right-to-work laws drive down wages for all workers by an average of $1500 a year, whether they are union or not. And 28% more workers go without health and welfare benefit plans. This type of policy increases the power of the very wealthy, silences the voices of working families and promotes an economic race to the bottom – a race where the only winners will be Wall Street and outsourcing CEOs.
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Bill C-377 - A Conservative Government Action to Amend the Income Tax Act and make all the Union business public knowledge.
Published: Wednesday, 23 January 2013 22:51
Bill C-377 – An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act – PRIVATE CONSERVATIVE MEMBER’S BILL
Bill C-377 would create unnecessary, bureaucratic red tape for government, businesses which manage employee pension and benefit plans and unions.
- Bill C-377 would create a huge government bureaucracy to process the public disclosure of union expenditures of over 25,000 unions, locals and labour organizations. But it is unnecessary because union members already have access to union financial reports through membership meetings and upon request, and most provinces and the federal government already have reporting laws for unions.
- Meeting C-377’s onerous obligations will be a difficult and time consuming task, both for reporting andadministration. Businesses like insurance companies that administer pension and benefit plans would have significant additional reporting, some of it duplicating existing regulatory requirements with which they must already comply. Adding additional management expenses to pension plan administration would burden already struggling pension plans.
Bill C-377 is unnecessary, bureaucratic red tape that would be very expensive for government to administer, would intrude on privacy and may be unconstitutional. It should not proceed.
- Bill C-377’s reporting bureaucracy will be very costly for the federal government to set up and administer, for employee pension and benefit plans, and unions and labour organizations that represent over 4 million Canadians. Those costs will all have to be paid by ordinary taxpayers.
Bill C-377 would wrongly intrude on the privacy of individuals, businesses, employers and unions.
- Bill C-377 would wrongly be a major intrusion on individual privacy by forcing the disclosure of such payments as dental, vision, drug, life, health insurance and pension benefits – even the details of widows’ survivor benefits – for over 4 million unionized Canadians!
- Payments made to small, medium and large businesses providing services to over 25,000 unions, union locals and labour organizations – including rates and fees and other private commercial information – would also be published.
Bill C-377 is discriminatory, singling out unions and union members for unfair treatment under the law.
- Bill C-377 applies only to unions and excludes professional organizations such as bar associations and medical associations whose members are also able to deduct professional fees from their taxes, just like union members.
- Bill C-377 violates the privacy of over four million Canadians and their families just because they are union members. The bill would make all pension plans and health and welfare plans that cover unionized workers turn over to the government the personal and private details of payments to individuals. The Government would then publish those details on a public website. Canadians lucky enough to belong to pension plans and health benefit plans that don’t cover union members won’t have their personal privacy breached in such a manner. Why is some Canadians’ personal privacy worth protecting and others not?
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UNION DUES & FAIR PAY
Published: Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:18
WHY DOES MY EMPLOYER DEDUCT UNION DUES AND WHAT IS THE RAND FORMULA?
(from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
In Canadian Labour Law, the Rand Formula (also referred to as automatic check-off) is a workplace situation where the payment of union dues is mandatory regardless of the worker’s union status. This formula is designed to ensure that no employee will opt out of the union simply to avoid dues yet reap the benefits of the union's accomplishments (such as ensuring higher wages, better job security or other benefits). Supreme Court of Canada Justice Ivan Rand, the eponym of this law, introduced this Formula in 1946 as an arbitration decision ending the Ford Strike of 1945 in Windsor, Ontario. The Canada Labour Code and the labour relations laws of a majority of provinces contain provisions requiring the Rand Formula when certain conditions are met. In those provinces where the labour relations laws do not make the Rand Formula mandatory, the automatic check-off of union dues may become part of the collective bargaining agreement if both parties (i.e., the employer and the union) agree. If there are religious objections to paying dues the dues may be donated to a mutually agreed upon charity per Canada Labour Code Section 70 or per Alberta Labour Relations Code Section 29.
The Rand Formula applies to all employees whether they are Union Members or not. The Supreme Court of Canada has found that the freedom of association is not undermined by the Rand Formula.
Published: Tuesday, 04 December 2012 16:41
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
Whether participating in a food drive, coaching kids' sports teams, working at Stampede Charity Parking, or volunteering to set up Christmas lights, IBEW Members have a long history of offering support to the communities in which we work and live.
The IBEW is aware of some of the efforts taking place across Canada, however, they would like to hear more about these projects and be able to share that information with our union, recognizing and celebrating this involvement.
Your contribution in improving your community is greatly appreciated!