CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

No Real Choice in Removal of Mandatory Retirement


(TORONTO) - "Eliminating mandatory retirement without addressing all the issues that effect a person's quality of life upon retirement is an empty promise," said OFL president Wayne Samuelson today.

"Today's media stunt by Labour Minister Bentley failed to address the real choices working people face when they leave the workforce. People need to have the financial ability to retire," Samuelson said. "When pension plans are inadequate and government support falls short people are not in a position to 'choose' to retire."

"The crucial issue to be resolved is the stagnant state of our pensions. Pensions in Ontario need to be indexed to inflation. It is imperative for the economic livelihood of retired workers that their pensions are not only secure but that they provide income for a decent life," Samuelson said.

"This Magna-style announcement of government policies at a Home Depot location is insulting to the workers of this province. Is the Minister of Labour trying to illustrate the point that if you don't have enough money to retire you'll have to stay working at places like Home Depot until you're 90 years old?"

More information:
Dana Boettger
OFL Communications


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