WATCH: Pension plan settlement: unions say negotiation, not confrontation

Hundreds of public sector union workers filled Sherbrooke St. W. at University in downtown Montreal today, calling for free negotiations for their pension plans and opposing any imposed settlement.

Unions representing mainly municipal workers such as police officers, firefighters, blue collars and public transit workers gathered outside the office of the Quebec Union of Municipalities (QUM). The unions accuse them of fear mongering by spreading erroneous information about their pension deficit. The QUM pegs it at over five billion dollars while the unions says it's less than four billion. The unions also claim mayors don't want to negotiate.

The unions are also concerned about statements made recently by Quebec's new premier, Philippe Couillard. He said they have tough economic decisions to make and unions fear that may mean legislation to pave the way for an imposed deal.

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  1. Maureen posted on 04/24/2014 01:21 PM
    We cannot afford their pensions. End of story. Time for someone to stand up and deal with the fact that city workers make far more than the citizens that pay their salaries.
  2. markR posted on 04/24/2014 03:18 PM
    While the rest of the hardworking taxpayers have to wait unit 67 to collect a government pension, these guys get early retirement with very comfortable pensions.
    They achieved this with the numerous past stikes holding the citizens hostage and weak politicians who were more interested in paying the unions off than dealing with reality. These workers are over compensated and over rewarded for their retirement. It's time to correct this imbalance, roll back benefits and salaries, eliminate early retirement with full pensions and require a bigger contribution to the retirement fund from these workers.
  3. Mike d posted on 04/24/2014 08:34 PM
    Time has come to end defined benefit plans. No way we can fund these extremely generous plans anymore. Sorry too bad.
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