Municipal Pension Plan (MPP)

BC’s municipal pension plan (MPP) serves more than 365,000 members and more than 900 employers including PEA chapter members in:

  • Hospital Employees’ Staff Union;
  • Legal Services Society;
  • Okanagan Regional Librarians; and
  • Health Science Professionals (please note that a small number of HSP members that were transferred from the public service are not in the MPP). 

The MPP plan partners were asked to begin a redesign by the MPP board and the proposed changes are now being sent out to members for consultation. The redesign is not final and MPP plan partners are asking for feedback from September 14 until October 23, 2020. These changes are being proposed because the way members work and retire has changed significantly since the last plan update in 1966. The proposed changes strive to make the plan more equitable and sustainable. The redesign changes will be considered by the MPP board late in 2020 and changes won’t be implemented until January 2022.

The PEA has hired an actuary to analyze the impact of the proposed MPP changes on PEA members and we will be sharing these results here on the MPP section of our website once the analysis is complete. 

MPP Proposed Redesign Changes 

 

 

 

If you are an active or retired PEA member in the municipal pension plan, you are encouraged to visit www.mppredesign.ca to learn more about how the proposed changes may affect you. All PEA members are Group 1 (or general members) of the plan.

The MPP website has a retirement calculator and to use it you will need your pensionable service, contributory service, highest average salary and year of retirement. You are encouraged to run multiple scenarios with different ages of retirement. 

Members can also watch videos to learn about the three big proposed changes. This includes the proposal to remove the bridge benefit and early retirement subsidies for service after January 1, 2022. The removal of early retirement subsidies and bridge benefit will support funding a higher lifetime pension for most members.

The MPP website also has a list of frequently asked questions, and the option to email or call the MPP call centre with questions or comments on the proposed redesign changes.

Although we encourage you to use the MPP website as your main source of information, members can email mppinfo@pea.org if they have questions or comments.

We will also be posting specific PEA member questions and answers here on the PEA website as they come in.

 

Resources

Upcoming MPP Webinars

The PEA will be hosting webinars for PEA members on the proposed MPP redesign changes on:

  • September 24, 2020
  • October 1, 2020 (repeated session)

Invitations to both of these sessions will be sent out closer to the date.

Documents

Local Reps and Chapter Executives are encouraged to share the below poster and newsletter graphic with members within their chapter.

MPP Materials

In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 46 Issue 1

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The August-September 2020 issue includes a look into Animal Care Services at UVic.

Read the September-Ocotober 2020 issue

 

 

The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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