To: TEAM-IFPTE Local 161 Members
From: Bob Linsdell, TEAM Pension Representative
Date: April 11th, 2012
Re: Unions & Retirees Seek Leave to Appeal to Supreme Court of Canada
Based on the advice of our respective lawyers, TEAM, CEP, IBEW and the retirees have unanimously decided to seek leave to appeal the Manitoba Court of Appeal’s decision, that reversed the Court of Queen’s Bench’s $100 million monetary award to members of the Defined Benefit Pension Plan, to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Our Leave Application is available here.
A party wishing to be heard by Canada’s highest court must first obtain permission from a panel of three judges of the Supreme Court. Such permission, or leave to appeal, is granted if the panel concludes that the case involves a question of public importance or raises an important issue of law (or a combination of law and fact) that warrants consideration by the Court. The leave to appeal process takes approximately six months.
A brief history of the MTS Defined Benefit pension plan, from inception to the decision of the Manitoba Court of Appeal was included in the TEAM Pension Report mailed to your home earlier this month.
I will let you know whether we are granted leave as soon as we receive notification.
Pension Representative, TEAM-IFPTE Local 161
TEAM-IFPTE Local 161
204-984-9470 or 1-877-984-9470