May 23 2017 CUPW Lower Mainland Retirees Meeting and other information
- Lower Mainland Retirees Meeting:
When: Tuesday May 23rd 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Unifor office – 326 12th Street in New Westminster. (This is near the New Westminster Skytrain Station and parking is usually available)
What: This is our Annual General Meeting – where we will be electing the Officers of the organization
There will also be an update on Bill-C27 and discussion of our pension and other issues2th Street, New Westminster. 12th Street, New Westminster.
- Bill C-27 –we still really need to keep the pressure up. The campaign against Bill C-27 has forced the federal government to take a very very small step back, halting the bill’s progression until mid May. We still need to keep up the pressure and seek full withdrawal of the proposed legislation, which threatens pension security for members in federally regulated sectors
The Ministry of Finance announced further consultation before proceeding with the legislation. This is why it is crucial that you send more emails to your MP and Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
Bill C-27 would allow Federal employers to convert defined benefit pensions to target benefit pensions, eliminating the legal obligation to deliver promised benefits. This conversion could reduce pension payments as plan members assume virtually all financial risk and responsibility to cover funding deficits.
Many of you have contacted your MP and Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to voice your concerns and opposition to Bill C-27. Please keep this up. It would be wonderful if you could send (another) email or letter to Finance Minister Morneau saying the following. “I am a retired postal worker. I have a Defined Benefit Pension Plan from Canada Post. I do not want a Target Benefit Pension Plan. Please keep my retirement secure by immediately withdrawing Bill C-27.” His email is Bill.Morneau@parl.gc.ca. His address is Bill Morneau. House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario CanadaK1A 0A6.
- B.C. Medical Plan premium rebates. You are reminded to submit your application to Canada Post for your B.C. Medical plan premium rebates. If you are eligible, and apply before June 30 2017, you can get a 50% rebate of BC Medical Plan premiums you paid in 2016. Retirees who submitted their applications for reimbursement have already received a payment.
Here is what you need and how to do it:
-Actually have paid BC Medical Plan premiums in 2016
– Had 15 years continuous service (includes casual/tem time) when you retired or be retired on the grounds of disability
– Submit proof of payment. You can get this through statements from your financial institution of by phoning BC Revenue Services at 1-877-405-4909 for a free statement (May take 6 weeks-8 weeks)
-Use the proper form. Follow this link
– Remember this rebate is taxable and should be reported on your income tax.
We will have forms at the Retirees Meeting on May 23rd.
Vote on May 9th. You are reminded to vote in the Provincial elections on May 9th. We need to vote for health care, and to vote to ensure that seniors in care are treated with respect and dignity