8,500 top managers will remain eligible for so-called performance pay while the pay of tens of thousands of ordinary workers remains frozen.
Delegates gather from across Saskatchewan April 15-17 to debate, vote and strategize.
'This is an excellent opportunity for members to contribute to the future direction of the union and to represent the interests of other HSABC members.'
'Public employees are being asked to make a contribution of $750 million towards a $3.6-billion tax cut for large corporations.' - Larry Brown, NUPGE's national secretary-treasurer.
Strategic Counsel survey debunks myth that the system is 'broken'; finds growing satisfaction across the country as a whole.
The BCGEU has been working hard with a number of partners to bring pressure to bear on the government on this critical issue facing members.
Closure of CHRC offices will make it substantially harder for individuals from marginalized groups to launch human rights complaints.
C-501 would secure underfunded pension plans throughout bankruptcy proceedings
Employment security provisions renewed and improved within constraints of provincially-ordered wage freeze.
NUPGE president James Clancy says decision by United Nations body 'damages the human rights reputation of both the province and the Canadian government.'
'I'd also be willing to pay a little more on my income tax, and even a boost in corporate taxes might be palatable for the short term.' - CEO Chad Ulansky.
UN body instructs government of Premier Brad Wall to consult and with labour and work out a more balanced approach to essential services legislation, union organizing votes and a labour relations board all parties can trust.
Municipal programs floundering in the social aftermath of federal and provincial budget downloading in the 1990s.
Cities strain to fill the gaps says new report from Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Court rejects $57-million deal to pay benefits to former and disabled employees until the end of 2010 in exchange for an agreement not to sue Nortel
Office closures and budget cuts leave many to fend for themselves, says BCGEU.
'It will waste three times the manpower time to transport equipment to and from Tignish,' - Shelley Ward.
Decision follows massive 'people power' protest by citizens across New Brunswick. Updated.
CLC leader says Finance Minister will face backlash
Amendments provide immediate vesting of pension benefits and organizations with more than 50 employees will be required to have workers on their pension-management committee.
Late night Liberal-Conservative deal concocted to try to force the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement through parliament is an insult to Canadian and Colombian civil society.
'We will be creative in negotiating agreements that preserve public services and defend our members’ rights at the same time.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
On March 26, 1990, the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Canada had violated the human rights of the Lubicon Cree and yet today the injustice continues.
'There is absolutely no justification for government slashing jobs in the public service when the net result will be a loss in vital services.' - Bob Bymoen.
UFCW Canada blasts province for arresting farm labourers while ignoring agricultural operators who break the rules.
Another conservative government turns on its own workers in difficult times by announcing a 15% cut in the public service.
Unions working together include dozens of labour organizations from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Peru, Sweden, South Africa, Zambia, among others.
BCGEU working with supporters of long-established facility to prevent privatization.
HSAA launches online petition to change Alberta government's mind.
Government employees bear brunt of deficit fight, including call for two-year wage freeze.
NUPGE is endorsing Earth Hour for the third consecutive year. Last year, in Canada alone, more than 10 million people, in more than 288 cities, turned off their lights!
'This did not need to happen.' - Alberta cabinet minister Yvonne Fritz.
2010 theme recognizes that population and industrial growth are adding new sources of pollution and increased demand for clean water around the world.
'Canada may be pulling into recovery but Ontario is not yet out of the recessionary woods.' - CCPA.
'This is yet another example of our current government piecing away our Crown corporations, regardless of whether or not they are profitable.'
'The recognition that these programs have received underscores the important services our members provide at MDC every day.' - Peter Olfert.
New report details government actions that undermine research into the science of climate change
By far the largest demonstration yet against the sale of NB Power assets to Hydro Quebec.
'Unless the government mandate changes soon we will be at an impasse.' - BCGEU president Darryl Walker.
'Municipalities are already dissatisfied with the backlogs and the creation of part-time jobs will only make things worse.' - Ivan Herrington.
NUPGE calls for thorough review of legislation with the involvement of front-line workers in the sector rather than piecemeal approach to changing the law.
'We see this round of bargaining as an opportunity for a thoughtful process that will strengthen the system.' - Reid Johnson, HSABC president.
Private operator Steve Woodburn says Peace River ambulance service is essential but he's willing to shut it down as a bargaining tactic against employees seeking a first contract.
The budget contained no new initiatives around pensions reform and retirement security. Federal government ignores calls for National Pensions Summit, commits to only undertake consultations.
This marks second consecutive quarter of growth, however, the value of pension funds still 7.5 percent below the high reached in the second quarter of 2008.
Sixty-two workers at a factory that manufactures Apple products were poisoned by n-hexane, a toxic chemical that can cause muscular degeneration and blurred eyesight.
OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas says Liberal government is seeking advice from an American firm with a vested interest in recommending privatization.
Includes representation from the arts community, first nations, health care, community services, labour, post-secondary students, youth, environmental and faith groups.
More than 35 local governments support awareness campaign to recognize importance of community-based social services.
Private member's bill supported by Liberals, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois but pro-corporate Conservatives are fudging where they stand.
'The major stumbling blocks are wages and recruitment and retention.' - Shelley Ward.
March 21 has been observed around the world every year since 1966 as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
"This is an idea that NUPGE has supported for a long, long time." - NUPGE president James Clancy.
'This group has asked for nothing more than the template wage offer made to all others and to retain their current agreement.' - Carol Furlong.
'After eight months on the picket line, Vale INCO workers are still battling one of the most profitable corporations in the world.' - OPSEU.
'There can be no justification for cutting services to women victims of violence who are often among the most isolated and vulnerable individuals in our society.' - Bob Bymoen.
'There simply is no viable way to cut public sector spending that doesn’t have a direct negative effect on the private sector.' - Larry Brown, NUPGE's national secretary-treasurer.
Employment Insurance Board of Referees dismisses Bill 29 EI appeal.
'The actions Canada subsequently takes to create a more accessible and inclusive society will be the subject of both domestic and international scrutiny.'
'Why is Canada supporting murder, human rights violations and forced displacement in Colombia?'
'Our union firmly believes that the province should focus its efforts to ensure that every Islander earns a livable wage and maintains a certain standard of living.' - Shelley Ward.
"The community social services sector in this province represents a vast number of providers in every community across this province," said Karagianis. She and others stressed the value and contribution of social workers and community social services workers in B.C. communities.
Provides for staged offers of employment over four years with effective dates of appointment commencing on Nov. 1, 2010, July 7, 2011, March 1, 2012 and July 5, 2012.
Best outdoor campaign award for 2009 from Advertising Club of Edmonton.
'Case may represent a huge step forward for worker safety in Ontario.' - OFL.
The National Union of Public and General Employees joins the Polaris Institute, the Canadian Federation of Students and the Sierra Youth Coalition in drawing attention to the environmental and social justice impact of corporate water.
'The only beneficiaries of privatization will be the people who can afford to spend $950 a plate to see Dalton McGuinty give a speech, as they did two weeks ago.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
'The good news is that everyone impacted by the divestment will receive a job offer from CRA.' - OPSEU.
'The VRW still poses a number of challenges for MGEU members.' - MGEU.
Since 1991, real wages for public sector workers have actually declined, says PEIUPSE.
'We are sensitive to the growing anxiety of these health care workers, who have been patiently awaiting an outcome in this convoluted matter for more than a year.' - HSAA's Lynette McAvoy.
BCGEU welcomes opposition call for formal recognition and urges the Campbell Liberal government to act.
Does not go nearly far enough to create jobs and help struggling families, says NUPGE president James Clancy.
NUPGE supports Earth Hour, this March 27th, 2010, in an effort to raise awareness around climate change and energy consumption.
Idea dates back to second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1910
BCGEU working to ensure placement for impacted members.
Scheduled on March 26 and again on March 29 by MFL Occupational Health Centre in Winnipeg.
Leaves residents without access to publicly-funded outpatient rehab services.
“Nowhere is a commitment to principled policy, backed by action, needed more than in addressing climate change” ... a quote taken from yesterday’s Throne speech, yet climate change is mentioned 3 times in the 450-page budget document. This speaks volumes.
Outstanding issues include wages, hours of work, sick leave, pensions, shift premiums and LTD benefits.
'Workers absolutely refused any further concessions from the agency.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Legal experts warn of rights-clawback as Parliament returns
Offering trade union women an intensive four days of learning and sharing in a supportive environment.
Welcome counterpoint to longstanding focus on business schools at post-secondary institutions across Canada.
'These are real gains for health care workers.' - BCGEU president Darryl Walker.
'Public and community services are key to making sure that the economy recovers quickly and that everyone in British Columbia shares in the economic recovery.' - Darryl Walker.
'Every B.C. community depends on community social services workers.' - BCGEU.
NSGEU recommending acceptance of tentative three-year settlement.
Students, faculty and staff at the college refused to cross a picket line set up by striking workers.
Research assesses overall job satisfaction and outlines workers' insights into the strengths and weaknesses of ANCR organization.
“A great demographic divide exists between younger Canadians and those who are nearing retirement or already there. Younger Canadians clearly lack confidence in the viability of public and private pensions in the future, while older Canadians are much more confident.” - Nik Nanos of Nanos Research
After over four years in power, Stephen Harper’s government has yet to produce a comprehensive climate change plan of any kind.
'The global recession wiped out 486,000 full-time Canadian jobs within a year and those jobs aren’t coming back on their own.'
'The facts only strengthen our conclusion that it is a bad deal for New Brunswick and that serious consideration has not been given to a more desirable option.'
OPSEU members take anti-privatization message to politicians at Queen's Park.