CUPE 2424 Workers at Carleton Win Battle to Protect Defined Benefit Pensions


The CUPE 2424 strike at Carleton has been settled with a win!


Eight hundred administrative, technical, and library staff at Carleton University in Ottawa, members of CUPE 242, returned to work on April 4 after their three-week strike to defend their defined benefit pension plans. Their pension plan had endured cut after cut in recent years to the point its quality as a pension plan was threatened. They launched their strike action on March 5 to stop the university administration from doing additional harm to their pension plan.


Similar to other workplaces, Carleton University workers were confronted with administrative actions to eliminate their guaranteed defined benefit pension plan and force them to switch to a savings plan. The regressive change also includes the fraud of linking pension plans to deductions from wages.


CUPE 2424 April 6 Statement on Ratification of New Contract


“Members of CUPE 2424 stood strong and united throughout four weeks of the strike, and our solidarity was on display again Tuesday night as we voted ‘yes’ on the tentative agreement between Carleton University and the Union.


The membership ratification vote was attended by over 600 members who voted overwhelmingly in favour of the agreement. Members returned to work on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018. The fight for pension rights resonated with so many people. We received amazing and unparalleled support from every group and association on campus – students, faculty, security workers, maintenance and engineers – from the media, from groups outside Ottawa, and from outside Canada’s borders.


This bolstered our determination to defend our pension rights and the agreement that we ratified is evidence that we fought the right fight. The deal establishes provisions around pension rights in our collective agreement, guarantees the defined-benefit portion of our plan, and establishes a joint pension review committee, whose mandate includes a review of plan governance.


But perhaps most importantly, our strike has put pension rights on the agenda for other unions at Carleton, and beyond. Now, we’re all more aware of how important it is to be vigilant about protecting pensions for ourselves and for those to follow. We will continue to support each other and demonstrate our solidarity with others who take up the fight.”



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