Coalition of unions gathers to fight

Coalition of unions
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A coaltion representing 80 percent of the municipal unions in Quebec says it has conditions it will not accept when it comes to new pension legislation.

Municipalities in Quebec have an overall $5 billion dollar shortfall in their pension plans. Montreal is carrying a hefty $2.1 Billion of that.

The Liberals have promised to pass a new law that would force unions and municipalities to go to arbitration on the issue if they aren't able to work out a deal after a specific amount of time - possibly after a year's worth of talks.

"We're trying to convince the new government that we don't need this legislation," says Marc Ranger, the spokesperson for the union coaltion.

There is also a push from Montreal and Quebec city to have the bill include the deficit that has build up over past years. Another story says the legislation may also effect pension payments to people who are currently retired.

No details will be known until the bill is actually tabled.

But Ranger says while the unions do not want to see a bill of this sort at all, it would be especially unacceptable if it affects retirees or forces the unions to share the cost of the accumulated deficits.

"We would probably be rallying everywhere in Quebec to fight this legislation and to tear it apart."

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  1. Paul posted on 05/14/2014 06:03 AM
    Taxpayers need this legislation.
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