You have no doubt heard about the devastating wildfires in British Columbia, which have forced the evacuation of thousands of people, who now face the prospect of losing their homes and personal possessions. That includes a number of CN employees.
The province has declared a state of emergency and the Canadian Red Cross has launched a BC Fires Appeal to help those in need. CN is contributing to this urgent cause with a donation of $25,000 in addition to offering support to affected employees.
As well, CN is collecting employee donations through the CN Employees’ and Pensioners’ Community Fund. We know there are many worthwhile charities, campaigns and emergency situations in the world that deserve support, but this is close to home for all of us and we hope you will consider making a contribution to help out our colleagues and neighbours in their time of need.
There are two ways you can contribute to the campaign:
1) You can go to the CN Employees’ and Pensioners’ Community Fund website, under the British Columbia Wildfires Appeal (Across Canada) page and click on “Make a Donation”.
2) Or you can write a cheque to “The CN Community Fund – British Columbia Wildfires,” and mail to:
The CN Community Fund – British Columbia Wildfires
935 de La Gauchetiere St. W, Floor 2
For donations of at least $20, you will be issued a tax receipt by the Community Fund, so please include your name and employee PIN number on your cheque. As we generally do, CN will pay for all administrative costs for this appeal, so that every dollar employees donate will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Fiona Murray and Tim Priestley
Co-presidents, Campaign 2017
CN Employees' and Pensioners' Community Fund
By now most of you will have received the Pension Plan Annual Report in the mail. With it came an additional document which has created some confusion.
To clarify – For all pensioners who have been retired for more than 10 years, you don't have anything to do as it is for information purposes only, now as required by PBSA. As you are aware our pension plan guarantee a minimum of ten years of benefits.
Over and above the requirement from PBSA, CN also needs to know about beneficiaries of retired pensioners with less then ten years who don't have a spouse. For those who have a spouse then it is recommended that they indicate a second beneficiary in case the spouse dies before the ten years is up.
Unfortunately ''No beneficiary on file'' as it is indicated on the form is misleading.
If you call the Pensioners’ Help Line at 1-800-361-0739 there is a recorded message to that effect.
Janet Lewis Anderson
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