Workers want to stay in federal pension plan

by Terry Myers

The union representing scientists and engineers at the Chalk River Laboratories is asking the federal government to let its members stay in the public service pension plan.

The Chalk River Professional Employees Group (CRPEG) represents about 750 employees at the Chalk River labs.

CRPEG has launched a letter-writing campaign this week to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of his cabinet asking them to take action on the pension issue.

The group also plans to hold a rally at the Treasury Board office in Ottawa next Tuesday, June 5.

Pensions have been one of the major issues in contract talks between CRPEG and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories for the past several years, since the government’s announcement of the move to a government-owned, contractor-operated (GoCo) management model for CNL.

In its letter to the prime minister, CRPEG says that its members were given notice in September 2015 that, following a three-year period of transitional coverage, “we would no longer be able to contribute to our public service pension plan; new employees were not offered transitional coverage.”

“We have made many appeals to the current government to take action which would enable the continued participation of all CNL employees in the public service pension plan. To date, however, this government has done nothing.”

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