Submission to the Pension Funding Framework Review and other issues affecting pension plans

The following submission to the province, entitled “Pension Funding Framework Review and other issues affecting pension plans”, was made by CUPE NS President Nan McFadgen and the CUPE NS Pension Committee on November 10, 2017. CUPE Nova Scotia is disappointed that the Pension Funding Framework Review discussion paper fails to address the top concerns of the … Read more…

Public sector wages not on pace with inflation

Chart - Wage and Price Increases

Governments in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan are now either imposing or pushing wage freezes and/or cuts on public sector workers in their provinces. Over the past seven years, base wage increases in collective agreements for public sector workers across Canada averaged just 1.4% year, while consumer price inflation increased by an average … Read more…

A tale of two budgets – Alberta and Saskatchewan

There is no better example of budgets being about political choices than a comparison of the Alberta and Saskatchewan budgets. Alberta’s budget invested in infrastructure and public services while Saskatchewan went with cuts and tax hikes for everyone except corporations (who got a tax break). Alberta’s reliance on revenue from oil and gas has had a ‘boom … Read more…