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Regina Civic Employee's Superannuation & Benefit Plan

Regina council silent on pension plan

By Natascia Lypny, Leader-Post July 29, 2014 8:49 AM

 

 

        Photograph by: Rachel Psutka, Leader-Post

Monday's city council meeting overflowed with retirees and working Reginans aiming to put pressure on the City of Regina to come to a deal regarding their precarious civic pension plan.

 

Monday's city council meeting overflowed with retirees and working Reginans aiming to put pressure on the City of Regina to come to a deal regarding their precarious civic pension plan.

After three hours of wading through other agenda items, though, they left disappointed. Chair of the Civic Pensions and Benefits Committee Kirby Benning's brief presentation to council regarding the filing of the Regina Civic Employees' Superannuation and Benefit Plan 2013 Annual Report passed without questions or discussion by council members.

The visitors filed out quickly, some muttering criticisms at their municipal representatives.

"We sent a message to council and to the mayor to take this seriously: Get the work done. Unfortunately, we didn't get any comments to that effect here," said Benning after the presentation.

"Unfortunately, council hasn't impressed me lately so I had not a very high expectation."

The pension plan itself was not being voted on, but the more than 100 attendees used the opportunity of the report filing to launch their Honour the Deal campaign.

The premise behind the campaign is that the five employers - the City of Regina, Regina Public Schools, the Buffalo Pound Water Administration Board, Regina Public Library and Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region - at the pension plan bargaining table have backtracked on a letter of intent regarding amendments to the plan that was signed by both parties more than a year ago.

The amendments haven't been finalized, as negotiations have stalled over additional recommendations put forth by the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA), a provincial body that regulates pension plans. In particular, the FCAA wanted dispute resolution integrated into the governance structure of the plan agreement to avoid lengthy negotiations in the future.

Benning said the employers have used discussions around those recommendations to reopen the whole agreed-to deal.

"I feel it's very dishonourable to try to back out of a deal. The deal was signed with good intent on both sides and we should honour that deal," said Benning.

Mayor Michael Fougere denied the city has attempted to seek changes to the letter of intent.

He added that the employer groups are ready to talk. He said that since June, three invitations to meet with the employees' representatives have failed to produce meetings.

"What I don't want to say is have a discussion or debate or bargaining on the floor of council. That's not fair to any of the parties," said Fougere.

"We're more than happy to talk about it. We've been waiting."

Benning echoed that sentiment: "We think we sent a strong message with the people who showed up here and I'm hoping they'll get back to the table and get this deal finished."

The civic pension plan has been in distress since the 2008 recession, which hit defined benefit pension plans across the country.

Regina's fell into a multimillion-dollar deficit. Bargaining between the five employers and 20 employee groups under the plan has been strained since 2011, when council voted down a proposal to increase contributions by both parties. That decision to maintain the plan's unfunded liability made it noncompliant with the Pension Benefits Act.

On July 17, the deputy superintendent of pensions from the FCAA announced she was considering revoking the plan's registration - which would lead to its termination - due to the non-compliance and the minimal bargaining progress made by the two parties.

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Response to Superintendent Termination letter

Letter to Members - July 21, 2014

City of Regina Pension Update

Regina Civic Pension Website

Regina council silent on pension plan

By Natascia Lypny, Leader-Post July 29, 2014 8:49 AM

 

Monday's city council meeting overflowed with retirees and working Reginans aiming to put pressure on the City of Regina to come to a deal regarding their precarious civic pension plan.

Monday's city council meeting overflowed with retirees and working Reginans aiming to put pressure on the City of Regina to come to a deal regarding their precarious civic pension plan.

After three hours of wading through other agenda items, though, they left disappointed. Chair of the Civic Pensions and Benefits Committee Kirby Benning's brief presentation to council regarding the filing of the Regina Civic Employees' Superannuation and Benefit Plan 2013 Annual Report passed without questions or discussion by council members.

The visitors filed out quickly, some muttering criticisms at their municipal representatives.

"We sent a message to council and to the mayor to take this seriously: Get the work done. Unfortunately, we didn't get any comments to that effect here," said Benning after the presentation.

"Unfortunately, council hasn't impressed me lately so I had not a very high expectation."

The pension plan itself was not being voted on, but the more than 100 attendees used the opportunity of the report filing to launch their Honour the Deal campaign.

The premise behind the campaign is that the five employers - the City of Regina, Regina Public Schools, the Buffalo Pound Water Administration Board, Regina Public Library and Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region - at the pension plan bargaining table have backtracked on a letter of intent regarding amendments to the plan that was signed by both parties more than a year ago.

The amendments haven't been finalized, as negotiations have stalled over additional recommendations put forth by the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA), a provincial body that regulates pension plans. In particular, the FCAA wanted dispute resolution integrated into the governance structure of the plan agreement to avoid lengthy negotiations in the future.

Benning said the employers have used discussions around those recommendations to reopen the whole agreed-to deal.

"I feel it's very dishonourable to try to back out of a deal. The deal was signed with good intent on both sides and we should honour that deal," said Benning.

Mayor Michael Fougere denied the city has attempted to seek changes to the letter of intent.

He added that the employer groups are ready to talk. He said that since June, three invitations to meet with the employees' representatives have failed to produce meetings.

"What I don't want to say is have a discussion or debate or bargaining on the floor of council. That's not fair to any of the parties," said Fougere.

"We're more than happy to talk about it. We've been waiting."

Benning echoed that sentiment: "We think we sent a strong message with the people who showed up here and I'm hoping they'll get back to the table and get this deal finished."

The civic pension plan has been in distress since the 2008 recession, which hit defined benefit pension plans across the country.

Regina's fell into a multimillion-dollar deficit. Bargaining between the five employers and 20 employee groups under the plan has been strained since 2011, when council voted down a proposal to increase contributions by both parties. That decision to maintain the plan's unfunded liability made it noncompliant with the Pension Benefits Act.

On July 17, the deputy superintendent of pensions from the FCAA announced she was considering revoking the plan's registration - which would lead to its termination - due to the non-compliance and the minimal bargaining progress made by the two parties.

© Copyright (c) The Regina Leader-Post

 

CUPE Local 3967 Elections

 

 

The vote count took place on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 1:00pm. The successful candidates are as follows.

1st Vice-President

Sister Gloria Fingas

Gloria F

 

Secretary Treasurer

Brother Jim Carr

Jim C

 

 

At the General Membership Meeting held on October 15, 2013, nominations were held for the Election of 1st Vice-President and Secretary Treasurer. The Nominations were as follows:

 

1st VICE-PRESIDENT

Sister Gloria Fingas and Sister Janet Morrissette

 

SECRETARY TREASURER

Brother Jim Carr and Sister Rebecca Morrissette

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Published Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:50AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:44PM EDT

OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear arguments on whether changes to Saskatchewan's labour laws are constitutional.

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour asked the high court to weigh in on provincial legislation that restricts who can strike and on other changes it says make union certification difficult.

The federation argues the changes infringe on the freedom of association and freedom of expression.

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About CUPE 3967

CUPE Local 3967 has the distinction of being the largest CUPE Health Care Local in Saskatchewan and has the largest Membership in Canada.

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