News Stories of Interest, Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Good afternoon. Today is Herrentag, or Gentlemen’s Day in Germany, where in some parts of the country there is a tradition of men getting extremely drunk. Explain, please. Here in Alberta, there were a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]UNA urges members to attend pension public hearings

Starting on June 16, the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future will be holding hearings on the government’s controversial pension legislation, Bills 9 and 10, which would fundamentally undermine the Local Authorities Pension Plan if passed in their present form. The LAPP is the main retirement security plan for most members of UNA. United Nurses of Alberta strongly urges members to attend this month’s public committee hearings to make clear to the MLAs on the committee their concern about proposed changes to their pensions.

[ ]Public pension overhaul based on outdated data: AFL leader

The Alberta government unilaterally launched a controversial overhaul of public sector pension reforms based on existing, out-of-date data, claims the Alberta Federation of Labour. While the province maintains the proposed changes are based on work by its own staff experts, AFL president Gil McGowan said Monday that finance department documents obtained through a freedom of information request show the government didn’t do any new actuarial studies to demonstrate changes are necessary.

[ ]Alberta backs off cuts to disabled seniors’ services

Criticism of cuts to nurses and other services for vulnerable residents of Red Deer’s Michener Centre has prompted the Progressive Conservative government to back off the plan, the province’s associate minister for persons with disabilities said late Monday.

[ ]Former Edmonton mayor endorses likely future Alberta premier

Former Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel this morning endorsed the candidacy of Jim Prentice to become Progressive Conservative leader and Alberta premier, calling him a progressive candidate.

I’m unlikely to be able to file a news summary tomorrow. I expect the summary to return on Thursday.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)

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