June 2012

Campaign launched to prevent Saskatchewan government from erasing labour laws

Every Saskatchewan worker stands to lose in government overhaul of labour legislation. Have your voice heard. Write to the Minister today!

Regina (03 July 2012) - A new campaign has been launched to educate and mobilize workers and the public about the changes to labour laws the Saskatchewan government is trying to introduce.

MAHCP meet with Minister of Family Services and Labour

MAHCP President Wendy Despins and Executive Director Lee Manning recently met with Jennifer Howard, Minister of Family Services and Labour, and Assistant Deputy Minister Dave Dyson. This meeting doubled the efforts MAHCP has been making to engage government and followed up on a similar meeting held with the Minister of Health in early March. The focus of the meeting was to highlight the impact of trends in previous rounds of collective bargaining on the Technical Professional Paramedical membership of MAHCP.

SGEU cancer care workers reject employer's final offer, propose mediation

Hopefully, the result of this vote will help the employer realize we are miles apart on what the parties see as a fair offer," says Trent Edwards, SGEU negotiating committee co-chair.

Regina (26 June 2012) - Workers at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency rejected a final offer from the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) but are extending an invitation to work with a mediator to find solutions to the bargaining impasse.

Arbitrator's award reaffirms principle of leading acute-care wages at CDHA

Arbitrator awards 7.5 per cent increase over three years to Capital Health health care employees in NSGEU/NUPGE (Local 42); reaffirms principle of leading acute-care wages at CDHA.

Halifax (15 June 2012) - Arbitrator Tom Kuttner today awarded a 7.5 per cent increase over three years to all Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) health care workers employed by Captial Health (Local 42).

Negotiations continue for government workers in B.C.

Essential services protocol finalized in B.C. but negotiations continue for government workers.

logo of bcgeu.ca Vancouver (08 June 2012) - Since talks broke down at the end of March 2012, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) master bargaining committee has been meeting with the employer to reach an agreement about essential service staffing levels if the union engages in job action.

Ontarians health care information put at risk by government

Ontario government outsources to U.S. firm again.

Toronto (08 June 2012) - Ontario’s health ministry has awarded an administrative services contract for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program (ODBP) to a U.S. based company, MAXIMUS INC. Using a private U.S. based contractor potentially exposes the health care information of millions of Ontarians to provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act.

Manitoba government introduces legislation requiring P3 public accountability

New legislation in Manitoba prescribes more accountability and transparency before starting P3 projects.

Winnipeg (01 June 2012) - While many governments across the country seem determined to introduce public private partnerships (P3s), the Manitoba government is the only one addressing major acountability and transparency concerns through actual legislation, says the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).