Nortel Retirees Demand Justice at Queen's Park

October 7, 2009


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Nortel Retirees Demand Justice At Queen's Park
Nortel Retirees Demand Justice At Queen's Park
dated October 7, 2009


Toronto, Ontario
October 7, 2009
      

Toronto, Ontario
October 7, 2009


Jenny Ahn
Director of CAW Retired Workers Dept. & Dir. Member Mobilization and Political Action

       "We're here today at Queens Park to make a statement to both the provincial government and Later on October the 21st to the federal government to ensure that our pension plans are protected for our Nortel members and our Nortel Retirees."


Sheila McSwiggan
CAW Retiree's Spouse

       "Another ten years most of us will be gone and Nortel is allowed to step aside and just leave us floundering. It's not right."


Stan Arnelien
CAW Nortel Retiree

       "It's not fair. The government froze Nortel's assets so they couldn't pay me."

Lorenzo Giura
CAW Nortel Retiree

       "I am here today to protect my pension and to protect everybody."


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "The message to the federal and provincial governments; we ought to have a guaranteed pension fund supporting Nortel workers and any pensioner in the province of Ontario who loses their secured benefits."

Dianne Urquhart
Columnist

       "Premiums were paid by Nortel and all other corporations in the province of Ontario into the Ontario Pension Benefit Guaranteed Fund. It's up to the government now to lend the Ontario Pension Benefit Guarantee Fund the money it needs to honour its obligations to something north of $400 million."

Andrea Horwath
Ontario NDP Leader

       "We have been calling on this government to make sure that the Pension Benefit Guarantee Fund not only backs up the pensions of the workers of this province but that it backs it up to a rate that is reasonable, not a measly $1,000. Up to $2,500 is where we want to see that fund protect and back up the pensions of the people of this province."


Bob Ferchant
Former Nortel president

       "U.S. pensioners are guaranteed, $58,000 a year guaranteed by the government. If they are running a deficit the way they are and they are guaranteeing $58,000, what's the poverty claim that we are getting from Ontario saying our pension guarantee is under funded it can't meet this obligation?"


Mary Jane MacKinnon
Former president CAW Local 1530

       "Mr. McGuinty we have a message for you today. Not implementing the PBGF and turning you back on the working people of Ontario is morally wrong. We deserve those three words, "Dignity and Respect."


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "The national federal government has a responsibility to our pensioners too, number one, to increase the Canada Pension to a living wage. And we believe in the labour movement that we can double the Canada Pension in the next seven years to ensure that retirees retire in dignity and recognition that you're entitled to a reasonable standard of living."

Bob Nickerson
Former CAW Secretary Treasurer

       "We have a chance here to do something to make sure we're fighting back each and every one of us. Keep fighting. We have a demonstration coming up on the 21st, Wednesday of this month in Ottawa."


Don Sproule
Preident Nortel Retirees

       "For the Nortel pensioners, for the people on long term disability and those who are owed severance; stand up federal government and fix the CCAA Act so that we're given preferred status in the bankruptcy courts Stand up and protect our rights."

Bob Nickerson
Former CAW Secretary Treasurer

       "Make sure you participate. Make sure, as I said, that you write those letters. Make sure that you go to your local MP's. Tell them in your communities, they've got to stand up for retirees or they are not going to get elected the next time around."

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