Making the Shift: Transitioning from Work to Retirement


A Program for our 40+ Year Old Members

A significant number of our members are at the stage in their life where they can see retirement, but still have a number of working years yet to go.

In this program we will:

  • look at issues faced by workers with seniority - from health and safety and ergonomic concerns, to pension issues;
  • explore challenges of the "sandwich generation" such as caring for aging parents, children and grandchildren;
  • make the links between personal concerns and political campaigns (i.e. CAW campaigns for stronger public pensions, pharmacare, universal childcare, improvements to medicare, and minimum patient-care-hours for retirement homes, nursing homes and in-home elder care);
  • assist members in planning now for 'life after work' - from financial planning for retirement, to promoting strategies for healthy living;
  • include hands-on activities for effective use of technology.

The course is aimed at involving CAW members now - and in retirement - in various union campaigns, community groups, CAW social justice projects and CAW retiree chapters.  An over-arching objective includes our need to strengthen dialogue between our more senior workers and the union.