Work stoppages and your pension

January 09, 2013

If you participate in a work stoppage while you are not in a legal position to strike, your employer reports a loss of credit and salary. There's no opportunity to top up the loss of salary.

You can, however, work summer/night school to make up for credit lost, as long as your employer contributes to this plan. You can only accumulate a maximum of one full school year of credit. Any excess credit will be refunded to you.

If your rate of pay for the summer/night school is lower than your regular rate of pay, your average salary may be adversely affected. Your pension will only be affected if this occurs within your best five years of salary.

During a legal strike, you continue to accrue credit in the plan.