Press Release: Make Retirement Great Again

Make Retirement Great Again

January 20, 2016, Richmond Hill -

Today, SEIU Healthcare launched a new radio ad. With nearly two out of three workers without a workplace pension plan, it's time to support making retirement security a priority in Ontario.

Too few Ontarians have an adequate workplace pension plan. For working women it's even worse. Women are twice as likely as men to spend their retirement years living in poverty.

The ad starts by invoking sentiment from the 1950s and goes on to remind listeners how dramatically the economy has changed, especially for women.

"Workers are anxious about the ability to retire with dignity and it's time we address this challenge," said Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare.

"Those who oppose strengthening retirement security will find SEIU Healthcare on the other side fighting for workers and their families."

A good economy and strengthened pensions are not incompatible. As CPP (Canadian Pension Plan) premiums rose in the 1990s, unemployment fell.

"Too many workers are without a workplace pension plan. This is bad for their future and its bad for the strength of our economy in the years ahead," concluded Stewart.

Quick facts

  • As CPP (Canadian Pension Plan) premiums rose in the 1990s, unemployment fell
  • Nearly 85% of SEIU Healthcare members are women
  • Women are twice as likely as men to spend their retirement years living in poverty

About SEIU Healthcare

SEIU Healthcare represents more than 55,000 healthcare and community service workers across Ontario. The union's members work in hospitals, home care, nursing and retirement homes, and community services throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient and client care. www.seiuhealthcare.ca

For media inquiries, contact:

Karin Micheelsen
SEIU Healthcare
416-809-0613
k.micheelsen@seiuhealthcare.ca

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