Unions Say Government Has No Consent and No Mandate
Alberta unions are standing as one to call
on the government to cease and desist its
arbitrary actions and abuse of power in seizing
control of pension funds, issuing the following
In response to this
blatant grab for money and control, the
representatives of more than 300,000 working
Albertans, have a three-part message for the
premier and his government.
First, this isn't your money. It belongs to the
Albertans who saved it month after month. How can
a party that styles itself as a champion of
individual rights and property rights think it's
appropriate for government to essentially seize
control of other people's savings?
Second, you don't have permission. You never
mentioned sweeping changes to Alberta's retirement
system in the recent election, so you do not have
a mandate for any of this.
Third, you don't have the confidence of the
people who this money really belongs to. Working
Albertans did not ask the UCP to interfere in the
administration of their pensions, nor do they have
confidence that they will run those plans in a
fair or responsible way.
In fact, we're worried that what you're
attempting to do is use other people's money to
create a huge slush fund to finance an agenda that
has not yet been articulated to the public and
which most people would not feel comfortable using
their life savings to support.
For these reasons, on behalf of all working
Albertans, we demand that you keep your hands off
our retirement savings. You can do that by
rescinding Bill 22 and abandoning your reckless
and irresponsible plan to withdraw from CPP.
If you don't do these things, we will make sure
all of our members know who, exactly, seized their
pension savings and put their retirement security
at risk. We will make sure that Bill 22 becomes an
albatross that hangs around your necks, from now
until the next election.
Gil McGowan, president, Alberta Federation of
Guy Smith, president, Alberta Union of
Provincial Employees (AUPE)
Heather Smith, president, United Nurses of
Mike Parker, president, Health Sciences
Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Rory Gill, president, Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE Alberta Divisions)
Jason Schilling, president, Alberta Teachers'
This article was published in
Volume 49 Number 29 - November 30, 2019
Unions Say Government Has No Consent And No Mandate