Pension Reform Activists Picket Finance Minister Flaherty's Closed Door Meeting

May 4, 2010


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Pension Reform Activists Picket Finance Minister Flaherty's Closed Door Meeting

Pension Reform Activists Picket Finance Minister Flaherty's Closed Door Meeting
dated May 4, 2010



Toronto, Ontario
May 4, 2010
      

Toronto, Ontario
May 4, 2010



Gord Vickers
CAW Local 222 Retiree

       "We've been trying to meet with Mr. Flaherty for a number of times and he's still a no show and he seems to want to meet with Wall street, Bay street, white shirts, executives but he can't meet with the ordinary people that he's supposed to represent. We're working people and working people need pensions. We're not executives we don't get big bonuses. People work forty, fifty years I think at the end of the day they deserve to be heard."



 

Roland Kiehne
CAW Local 112

       "We want to send a very stong message both to Stephen Harper and to Jim Flaherty that three consultations across the country on an important issue like pensions isn't enough. No consultations in Ontario and thats wrong. That needs to change. Workers in this province, retirees in this province need to have a voice on this critical issue and the Harper government is ignoring those voices."



 

Jenny Ahn
CAW Director of Membership Mobilization and Political Action

       "We wanted an opportunity to say to the finance minister Jim Flaherty that he needs to meet with more Canadians. He needs to hear from more Canadians about what's happening and what's not happening with our retirement system so that he can hear the real life stories of what's happening to workers when they've been working for decades and decades and how the pension system is failing."



 

John Slattery
CUPW Organizational Officer

       "The focus of today is of course CPP. We see the the Harper government as usual playing games with our money. And we're here to make all Canadians aware of the fact of what's going on."



 

Bob Fitzgerald
CAW Local 222 Retiree

       "A lot of people don't think about their retirement until it gets to their doorstep and then when it's there it's to late. They really have to know now that if you're going to contribute to a pension plan, particularly a defined pension plan that it's got to be protected. And people to make that assumption and then at the end of the day find out that it's not there."



 

Jenny Ahn
CAW Director of Membership Mobilization and Political Action

       "I think it's important for the broader public that unions aren't just about looking after our own unionized members. The things that we do day in and day out and the things that we fight for are for all Canadians and for all workers."



 

Greg Burton
CAW Local 303 President

       "I'm optimistic that this campaign is going to get momentum, is going to get a momentum and sooner or later we're going to have the folks that we want listening to us about these critical issues around retirement and having a decent pension plan and for folks to retire with respect and dignity."


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