It recently came to the Union's attention that not all BCGEU members at Lookout who are eligible to be enrolled in the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) have been. According to your collective agreement, all regular full time employees are enrolled in the plan as a condition of employment, and all regular part-time and casual employees are also eligible for enrollment if they meet eligibility criteria under the MPP rules. Current MPP rules state that employees who have completed two years of continuous employment with earnings not less than 35% of the year's maximum pensionable earnings (YMPE) in each of two consecutive years (the YMPE is set by the federal government and changes from year to year, but in 2017 the YMPE was $55,300) are eligible for enrollment in the pension plan. Once an employee reaches that milestone, they should be offered an opportunity to enroll in the plan, which includes Employer contributions to members' MPP.
A pension is a valuable source of retirement income. Each time you are paid, both you and your Employer contribute to the plan, and when you retire, you receive a lifetime monthly pension. This is a significant benefit of employment at Lookout.
The Union has brought this issue to the Employer's attention and have filed a grievance on behalf of members to ensure that all members impacted are made whole. The Employer has assured the Union that they are investigating this issue and reaching out to impacted employees to offer enrollment.
The BCGEU does not yet know how many members were eligible to enroll who have not been given that opportunity. As noted, all regular full-time employees MUST be enrolled as a condition of employment, while part-time and casual employees who meet the criteria above have the option to choose enrollment. If you should have been offered the choice of enrollment in the plan, and choose to enroll now, the Employer must pay its share of the arrears, while you can choose whether you want to pay the employee contribution.
If you believe you should have been offered MPP enrollment, or have any questions about this issue, please contact a steward.
Download FYI - Municipal Pension Plan Grievance - January 5 2018.pdf
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