If we don't stop the clock from being turned back to the time of the First World War, we will revisit the era of the Dirty '30s described so well by John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath."
While the horrors of 19th-century coal mining are behind us, today we face similar challenges and examples of labour struggles. And we face the same voices telling us we can't improve things.
You would think that they would love us as a group -- not for our grey hair, but for our votes. In elections Conservative parties usually gain the plurality of votes from seniors.
Over the years I had been involved in numerous one-day volunteer projects but I knew that there was something beyond that, especially since my retirement left me the time to get involved.
Many retirees have found out that the pension they earned over decades of contributions to plans turned out to be less secure than they had assumed.
As labour organizations go, the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC) is still fairly new, having celebrated its 20th anniversary convention in Ottawa in 2013.
It should not be this way and it was not supposed to be this way. I know what this service means to people as I was a letter carrier for more than 35 years.
Lance Livingstone well remembers the Canadian Auto Workers slogan "30 and out" -- referring to a contract provision that allows autoworkers with 30 years service to retire with a full pension.
At the recent Convention of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, we wanted to find out from delegates what their union had meant to them.
Oct 22, 2013 to Oct 25, 2013
Ottawa , ON
Canada45° 25' 17.508" N, 75° 41' 49.8948" W
The nation's capital will host delegates to Congress of Union Retirees of Canada's Eleventh Constitutional Convention Oct. 22-25.