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The National Union of Public and General Employees has a large and growing pool of active retirees who make a powerful, political force across the country.

Bigger, Stronger

The number of retirees is going to accelerate dramatically over the next several decades as baby boomers begin turning 65. About one million union members could retire in the next 10 years and today's retirees are living a lot longer than past generations. They are healthier, more mobile and more active in their communities.

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Newfoundland government does not expect to collect all pension overpayments

A Newfoundland and Labrador government pledge to be fair and understanding to recipients of pension overpayments over the last two decades will likely mean not all of the nearly $1 million will be collected, says Finance Minister Ross Wiseman.

In an interview Wednesday with CBC's St. John's Morning Show, Wiseman emphasized that the province has a legal obligation to try to recoup the roughly $935,000 paid out in error to nearly 430 public-service pensioners.

NDP would prohibit changes to pension plans: Mulcair

by Elizabeth Thompson

A New Democratic Party government would protect pensions and prohibit companies from unilaterally changing the rules after an employee retires, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said Tuesday.

Social security tribunal sat idle for much of first year

By: Lee-Anne Goodman The Canadian Press, Published on Fri Dec 05 2014

OTTAWA—The federal government announced two years ago it was creating a streamlined social security tribunal that would save Canadian taxpayers $25 million a year, but some well-paid new members had nothing to do during its first year of operation.

“The tribunal — the one that was supposed to save money — had 30-40 people making $100,000 a year sitting at home that first year,” Philippe Rabot, the commissioner of review tribunals from 2005 to 2010, said in an interview.

Report: Seniors increasingly struggling with debt, bankruptcy

 OTTAWA – The country’s growing cohort of senior citizens is carrying more debt into retirement and increasingly declaring bankruptcy, says a report prepared for the federal government.

The need to support dependent adult children who are taking longer to find work is contributing to the trend, says the study conducted for the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.

Canadians' biggest retirement concern is health, Sun Life survey says

Only 22% say they've made financial plans for unexpected health emergencies once they stop working

Two-thirds of Canadians say their biggest concern as they get older is their health, but less than a quarter report that they've planned or saved up for health costs in retirement, according to a survey conducted for Sun Life Financial.

The 2014 Sun Life Canadian Health Index found that 66 per cent of those surveyed said deteriorating health was their biggest worry going into old age. 

Defined contribution pension plans more costly, study finds


Converting large public sector pension plans into defined contribution savings accounts for employees could cost governments up to 77 per cent more to provide the same retirement benefit for workers, a report argues.

Wealth gap about to squeeze Boomers as they retire

William Kistler views retirement like someone tied to the tracks and watching a train coming. It's looming and threatening, but there's little he can do.

Kistler, a 63-year-old resident of Golden, Colo., has been unable to build up a nest egg for himself and his wife with his modest salary at a nonprofit. He has saved little in a 401(k) over the past decade ­after spending most of his working life self-employed. That puts him far behind many wealthier Americans approaching retirement. 

Fighting Back: Responding to the Liberal attack on retiree benefits in the Ontario Public Service

February 19, 2014

On February 18, 2014, the Liberal government led by Premier Kathleen Wynne announced changes that will increase the cost of extended health benefits for retired public service employees, LCBO employees, and others in the OPSEU Pension Trust or the Public Service Pension Plan if they retire on or after January 1, 2017. Benefit premiums from that day forward will be funded on a 50-50 basis, with the government paying half the premium and the retiree paying the other half.

NUARC member participates in sit in at Ministers' office over changes to provincial drug plan

Louise Yarrow, a retired member of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE), and an active member of the National Union's Action on Retiree Committee (NUARC) participated in local actions to draw attention to the changes that will negatively impact seniors in Alberta.

Read more below:


Seniors groups don’t expect province to quickly move ahead with income-based drug plan


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