EDMONTON, June 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Local Unifor representatives will make the case against reductions to retirees' incomes during two weeks of public consultations on Bills 9 and 10. The legislature standing committee reviewing the bills will visit seven cities during June 16-26 to gather feedback about legislation that generated a massive backlash throughout the winter and spring.
"It's hard to exaggerate how bad these proposed laws are for pensioners," said Joie Warnock, western director. Warnock also testified before the standing committee on June 5 in Edmonton.
"Our members have stories to share about how much their retirement savings means to them," said Ian Beaton, a spokesperson for Unifor Local 707A. "Seniors don't appreciate being cheated out of the pensions that they've paid for."
Monday, June 16 (Edmonton): Perry Ambrose, Capital Power, Local 829; Dale Pollard, Suncor, Local 501A
Tuesday, June 17 (Fort McMurray): Ian Beaton, Suncor, Local 707A
Wednesday, June 18 (Grande Prairie): Bryan Jones, West Fraser, Local 855
Details regarding Unifor committee witnesses for the week of June 23 to follow.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged. With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector.