Fighting for Pension Protection at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Protecting the pensions of our members is a top priority at PIPSC. That’s why over the last year we have been fighting so hard to ensure our members at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) remain in the Public Service Pension Plan. The Harper government removed nuclear workers from the public pension plan without consultation or discussion.  As we all know, employees at CNL have been integral to the development of safe, medical isotopes to diagnose and treat disease.

Along with other unions representing workers at CNL, PIPSC has banded together to form The Canadian Alliance of Nuclear Workers (CANW). This group, of which CRPEG President Jonathan Fitzpatrick is an active member, has been lobbying hard to keep members in the plan. They have also launched a targeted web and social media campaign to gain support for their work and to pressure key decision makers.

In short, all that our members are asking for is what was unfairly taken from them.  It’s time that the Prime Minister reverse the ideologically-motivated decisions of his predecessor and treat the staff of Canada’s federally operated nuclear facilities as the vital public servants they are.

On June 5, I attended a rally with members of our CRPEG group, other unions, and supporters. Standing outside the Treasury Board offices, we demanded that CNL employees get their pensions back.  (You can watch the video of my speech here.)  This week, I also had the opportunity to stand with Jonathan Fitzpatrick, members of the coalition and MP Daniel Blaikie to deliver thousands of letters from CNL employees to the Prime Minister and the President of the Treasury Board.  The press conference can be viewed here on the CPAC network.

Please take a moment to join the campaign to support Canadian Nuclear Workers and support your fellow members by visiting the CANW action site and joining the Facebook group.

Better Together!

Debi Daviau

10 October 2018
On October 4, 2018 I made a presentation to the Government Operations Committee of the House of Commons about the current state of the federal public service hiring process. This was very timely, as the government had just released its own study of the issue.

1 October 2018
On September 26, 2018 Member of Parliament Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood-Transcona, NDP) introduced Private Member’s Bill C-414, which seeks to extend by one year the deadline by which employees of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories can continue contributing to their public service pension plans.

7 September 2018
I wanted to take the time to write to you with an update on your CFIA S&A Group bargaining.

29 August 2018
A new Bargaining Protocol has just been signed between the Institute and the Treasury Board.

15 August 2018
On behalf of all PIPSC members, I’d like to express our support and encouragement to our fellow members and all of those currently affected by the ravages of the forest fires in British Columbia this summer.

1 August 2018
I recently wrote to Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council, to express my concerns with his recent comments claiming it is difficult to fire public servants.