CFN – Nearly a dozen city employees of Cornwall Ontario are peeved as they are not getting benefits due to being over the age of 65.
Since the Federal Government did away with mandatory retirement more and more seniors are working longer and as one councilor put it today:
We’re lucky enough to have experienced people willing to work after 65. They shouldn’t be penalized!
Andre Rivette stated:
Is it fair for two employees working side by side to not be getting the same benefits? Council was not notified of this issue until last night via email. I can assure you that if council had known about this it would have been taken care of and the employees would have their coverage.
Apparently the issue surfaced near Christmas but was not discussed during the budget process for 2013. The root of the issue is the insurance company and needing a ryder for those over the age of 65.
Dail Levesque, HR managers for the City of Cornwall commented:
The City is not in violation of any Human Rights code and is meeting the obligations of all of our collective agreements. We will be addressing the issue in the future.
In the meanwhile no word on Dental or other benefits that may be needed by those City employees affected.
The irony is that councilors Denis Thibault, Denis Carr, and Glen Grant who sit on the Personnel committee are all seniors themselves!
What do you think Cornwallites? Should those working over 65 for the city get their benefits too? You can vote in our poll below or post your comment.