Pensioners’ Coalition Taking its Fight on the Road

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 26, 2011

Pensioners’ Coalition taking its fight on the road

Voices will be raised in anger and indignation today, in Corner Brook and Deer Lake, as the Public Sector Pensioners’ Coalition continues a series of public meetings across the province.

The Corner Brook meeting is scheduled for 2:00 pm today (Monday) at the Blomidon Country Club, and the Deer Lake meeting happens at 7:00 pm at the Senior Citizens’ Club, on South Main Street. It is the beginning of a series of meetings that will take place over the next three weeks, as public sector pensioners make their voices heard during this election.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 2:00 pm, the Coalition will rally pensioners in Gander, at St. Martin’s Hall, and at 7:00 in Grand Falls-Windsor, at the Mount Peyton Hotel.

“Public sector pensioners are upset with this government,” said Sharron Callahan, of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners’ Association (NLPSPA). “We’re disappointed about the $4 billion shortfall in the Pooled Pension Fund, due to government mismanagement.”

“Furthermore, we are offended by Premier Dunderdale’s recent statement, that public sector pensioners are getting what they negotiated,” said Ralph Morris, President, NAPE Local 7002. “This is a falsehood, and the premier knows it. Public sector pensions were never negotiated, they were imposed on public servants through the force of legislation. On this one, we expect the premier to either prove her statement, or apologize to pensioners.”

Callahan said the Pensioners’ Coalition represents 25,000 pensioners in this province.

“We are the single, most powerful voting bloc out there,” she said. “We are telling our members how they should vote, and asking them to request the same of their children and grandchildren. No increase – no vote.”

For further information, contact:
Sharron Callahan: 690-1238
Ralph Morris: 725-6779

The Pensioners’ Coalition includes:

Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners’ Association (NLPSPA)
Retired Teachers’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public Employees, Local 7002
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Veterans Association
St. John’s Fire Fighters’ Retirees Association
Retired Correctional Officers
Silver Lights (NL Hydro, NALCOR)