Q: Can you tell me what the AUPE is planning to do to oppose bill C-27? (Response provided by AUPE President)
Changes to this piece of legislation will have no effect on provincial pensions legislation or regulation. We do have a couple of very small bargaining units under Federal Labour legislation that a Federal bill may impact and we have been monitoring the movement of this bill on behalf of those members.
However, this is actually quite an old Bill- it was first introduced in fall of 2016 and is still sitting on the order paper at first reading. Given that we know Parliament will be prorogued for the federal general election sometime in the next six months or so, and given and the considerably slower pace of bills through the federal legislative process as opposed to provincial, there is virtually no way that this bill will be passed and it will almost certainly die on the order paper. A new government might attempt to re-introduce this or something similar, of course, but it is highly unlikely that this particular bill will be passed.
Around the time it was introduced, CLC, PSAC and CUPE put out a few press releases etc. but a full campaign from any federal union or labour org never really materialized as the feds seemed to back away quietly from this one. (Some of Bill Morneau's "scandals" around not having placed all of his investments in blind trusts etc. surfaced right around the same time along with a potential conflict of interest due to Morneau Sheppell's potential profit off of a DB-target benefit conversion. I'm not sure if it was merely the result of that bad timing or if the Liberals thought this would be a sleeper and had not realized they would get push back from labour - but they seem to have largely abandoned this at least for now.)
In any case - I think if an attack on federal DB plans re-surfaced, I imagine national labour orgs would organize campaigns and AUPE could consider support in some form or another then depending on whatever the priorities were at the time, but for now, the bill seems to be dormant. And, aside from the wider issue of the erosion of DB plans, there is no threat to the majority of the AUPE membership with provincially regulated defined benefit pension plans from this bill.