All-day session for Local Leadership and NEC members on the ABC's of the pension issue a resounding success

March 01, 2010

On Saturday, February 27, CAPE held an all day session with members of the Local Leadership and of the National Executive Committee to discuss the pension issue. 25 members of the Local Leadership were in attendance, as well as 4 invited panelists.

The panelists included

Bernard Dussault, National Association of Federal Retirees (FSNA), former Chief Actuary, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. (Mr. Dussault was speaking on behalf of himself, and not the FSNA.)

Bill Krause, former President of ESSA, SSEA and CAPE (1991 to 2005), former member of the Pension Advisory Committee (2001 to 2005). Mr Krause contributed to CAPE’s analysis of the C.D. Howe Institute’s report.

Phil Rosen, former member of the National Executive Committee (2000 to 2006 and eight years on other committees), former employee of the Library of Parliament and retired since 2008.

Kevin Skerrett, Research Officer, Research Department, CUPE, who has extensive expertise in pension plan matters.

The presentations by the panellists were excellent, and engendered an educational and productive discussion of the issues at hand. Each panellist offered excellent advice and guidance to members and helped to clarify the issues.

Cape staff were also in attendance - Claude Archambault, Labour Relations Officer at CAPE and bargaining agent official on the Pension Advisory Committee and Jean Ouellette, Acting Executive Director and Director of Labour Relations at CAPE and also a former bargaining agent official on the Pension Advisory Committee (three years).

CAPE Plans Further Actions and Communications

The Mobilization Committee was also in attendance, and will be preparing a Question and Answer document, drawing on the concerns and questions raised by the Local Leadership at this one day session. This will be discussed at the Mobilization Committee meeting scheduled for today, March 1, and will distributed to the membership immediately upon its completion.

On March 4, the date of the budget release, CAPE Research Officer Hélène Paris will be in attendance at the budget lock-up. CAPE President Claude Poirier, Jean Ouellette and legal counsel Peter Engelmann of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP will be examining the implications of the details of the budget as they become available starting at 4 p.m., and will prepare CAPE’s reaction to the budget for distribution to the membership and the media.