Did we get everything we were asking for? No. Did the LCBO get everything they were demanding of our members? No.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Value of Public Services
The contribution public services make to our prosperity should be obvious, but it is not always properly appreciated.
It is generally agreed that public services such as health care and education need to be properly funded and widely available.
It should be better known that our public sector service providers are concerned that public money be spent carefully.
Public employees work to protect against waste, and to improve the quality of care and attention given to the needs of our fellow citizens.
Eighty-one per cent of respondents disagree with government cuts contained in the budget.
In March, 2013, the Ministry was ordered to stop its violation of the collective agreement and to stop treating court reporters as independent contractors. It continues to ignore the ruling.
Elephanttalk.ca is intended to start the conversation for Manitobans to share their concerns and their stories about public services in Manitoba.
“This is a questionable and risky international venture, and we want to know why it is being pushed through in such a hurry." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Get connected to what's happening in the developmental services sector.
The union's claim documents “the distinctly gendered history of how part-time work developed at the LCBO” and how systemic sex discrimination continues today.
MGEU/NUPGE paramedic members encouraged to attend hearing on self-regulation on May 23 in Winnipeg.
Arbitration brings improvements to PEIUPSE/NUPGE health members.
“As mental health care becomes an increasing part of every community’s health plans, RPNs are a leading force for continuing improvements in psychiatric care.” -Reid Johnson, HSABC President.
“We believe that the provincial government must reinvest in community living and other critical services that support vulnerable families across British Columbia." - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Care about ambulance service in the Frontenac area? Find out more about reduced service.
Workers prepare to strike at Canadian Blood Services in Manitoba.
MGEU/NUPGE looking to review recommendations made about the province's correctional system.
“The inconsistency in what government is saying and what government is doing is unbelievable. There is clearly a credibility issue here.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
“If this government truly believes in fairness, as it claims, then the province’s corporations have to be involved." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Research shows that Alberta has lost $1.5 billion in tax revenue since it privatized liquor stores in 1993.
Harper government more interested in cost saving than providing support services for unemployed.
"The people who work in our justice system deserve to be accorded the respect and dignity that their occupation deserves. They are risking their own lives to keep all of us safer." - James Clancy, NUPGE President.
“I’ve been a proud member for nineteen years, and active as a steward for fourteen years. It’s an honour to be selected in this role, I look forward to serving all SGEU members in this capacity,” said Roseann Strelezki, newly elected Secretary-Treasurer.
Rotating strikes and solidarity helped achieve collective agreement settlement.
OPSEU/NUPGE welcome long term care and IT workers.
Workers come together to organize against Harper's harmful EI changes.
How does the Manitoba government's budget meet the needs of communities? Read the Report Card.
“We believe that this letter from concerned faculty contains a number of compelling arguments against the cuts to CNA as well as the privatization of ABE." - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
“Public safety is at risk if wildfire detection services are turned over to an automated system that has not been proven to work effectively in any other Canadian jurisdiction." - Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
“Privatization does not work, no matter what you call it. The public pays more for lower quality services. Just think Ornge, gas plants, e-Health, Highway 407 – and now, chemo drugs.”
Community Living and General Service workers ratify agreement – Aboriginal Services ratification vote ongoing.
Income inequality activists never sleep. Check out the ATN Campaigner to find out the great work going on across the country.
“The main reason we’re here today is to tell the politicians we want everyone lifted out of poverty,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Negotiations to commence over transfer of members at Oak Bay Lodge, Broadmead and Forensics from the public service
"We demanded the premier and health minister reverse their decision, but it fell on deaf ears," Walker said. "We plan to raise it again—but with a new government."
“Coming from a small-town, I can tell you first-hand how I’ve seen communities hit hard when jobs are lost,” says Gawronsky
In a wide-ranging interview Clancy laid out the systematic attack that conservatives have waged against unions since 1980 and how these attacks have driven down the wages and well-being of working people.
"The money is there to continue funding the Health Accord. This is more about the Harper government's right wing ideology than cost cutting." NUPGE President James Clancy.
Members look forward to progress in bargaining with the assistance of a Ministry conciliation officer.
This one small story illustrates the larger danger of greed unchecked. All of our jobs and all of our communities are vulnerable to outsourcing and its cousin, privatization. These strategies might boost profits, but at a terrible cost.
“It is clear that the government was forced to act due to the public outcry on the impact of the cuts and that they are also second guessing themselves." - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
Join the protest against cuts to programs at the College of the North Atlantic.
28,700 federal public service jobs to be cut by 2016
“This is astounding,” stated Furlong. “The layoffs aren’t even fully in effect yet and already the system can’t handle the mess created by government’s layoff fiasco.”
“Privatizing the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program at CNA may be the first sign of privatizing our public education system,” warns NAPE President Carol Furlong.
Four days of Parliamentary hearings will examine the issue of income inequality.
“We believe that in this time of economic recovery, we all have a role to play and the burden should not rest solely on the public sector." - Susie Proulx-Daigle, NB Union President.
When the Auditor General of Ontario looked at Brampton’s William Osler Health Centre privatization in 2008, he concluded that the higher rate of interest paid by the private sector added about $200 million to the cost of the project.
“This is a quality services issue, but it’s also about quality of life. ” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “More than two thirds of the CLGS workforce is part-time or casual. The frontline staff should be able to afford to work there.”
Richard Wilkinson, one of the world’s preeminent researchers on income inequality, delivers keynote speech.
The gains that union members make at the bargaining table spill over into creating healthier and more prosperous communities for everyone.”
“Our economy is being held back because the Prime Minister refuses to work with all major stakeholders to develop a comprehensive national skills development strategy." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“Government must be accountable for both the quality of services delivered to Saskatchewan families, and the cost of providing those services." – Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
World Water Day is a designated United Nations day to recognize the common life sustaining resource that is our fresh water.
Federal government changes to EI system target unemployed.
Richard Wilkinson, one of the world’s most preeminent researchers on social inequalities, and author of the bestseller "Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone" will kick off the CFLR conference as the keynote speaker.
"Our members are passionate about the work that they do and are very proud to support the future of that work here at Casey House," said Mackinnon.
“Every employee that is here takes a lot of pride in the work that they do and they feel very proud that they are providing the service they do to the public, families of patients, and also patients that come down here." – Raymond Theriault, NSGEU Local President.
Austerity measures are compounding the problem, creating a “fiscal drag” effect that is slowing economic growth and undermining budgetary progress.
UN report "warns that short-sighted austerity measures, failures to address persistent inequalities, and a lack of opportunities for meaningful civic participation could threaten this progress unless leaders take bold corrective action."
Community social services are about creating and maintaining supportive, healthy, stable and caring communities. The workers who provide these services are the heart and soul of our communities.
Alternative Federal Budget plan tackles Canadians' real concerns.
“Given alcohol’s status as the leading risk factor for ill-health, injury and disability in North America” much more needs to be done, according to the researchers.
"Social attitudes about early childhood education and educators have been tied to outdated and gendered notions about women's work for decades. This devalues the profession--reflected in low wages and recruitment and retention problems."
"While most Canadians faithfully pay their taxes, this government wants to downplay the fact that hundreds of billions of dollars are going offshore to tax havens – virtually untracked and untaxed. That increases the tax burden for the rest of us.”
"A recent poll shows that the vast majority of Albertans reject cuts to public services and agree that there should be an increase on taxes for the wealthy and corporations."- Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President.
“The inability for on-call paramedics to immediately respond to an emergency situation could have devastating and tragic results." - Carol Furlong.
"When governments give away revenue to their corporate friends, there is less money dedicated to the public services the majority of Canadians need." - James Clancy, NUPGE President.
Community Living and General Services deal includes pay increase, labour market adjustment.
Bargaining committee recommends acceptance of new agreement.
"The problem of growing inequality can be resolved in two main ways. The first is by transferring wealth from profits to wages and public services. The second is through tax fairness." – Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
In the weeks ahead OPSEU/NUPGE will assess Wynne’s government to see if the new Premier will commit to preserving quality public services in Ontario and ensuring that services are delivered by professional public sector workers.
"The ink is barely dry on the new Master Agreement, and just this past week the government tables legislation that, buried amongst some assorted housekeeping amendments, gives them the ability to remove FPH from direct government," Darryl Walker,BCGEU President.
Members continue negotiating toward a decent settlement.
Community organizing and public consultation, in addition to the recommendations from the B.C. Ombudsperson's investigations and reports result in creation of Seniors' Advocate.
“Our members are looking for some headway on two issues most important to the membership; wages and the classification process,” says Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
NAPE extends condolences and lauds heroic efforts in drowning tragedy of conservation and wildlife officer
“It is always sad to hear of the death of a colleague, but when a life is lost on the job it reminds us of the inherent perils and dangers that many workers face as they carry out their jobs.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
“Thanks to everyone who came out to support these workers today. Our rally provoked the attention and support these workers deserve. Now let’s get them back to work,” said Kathleen Demareski, OPSEU Negotiator.
"The bargaining committee was committed to addressing the priorities that members established prior to bargaining. They made some difficult choices and members agree that under the circumstances this is a fair and reasonable agreement."
Public services will be cut and assets sold off, hurting families and communities across the province.
"We work on behalf of our members to promote and protect their rights in the workplace but our social justice work ensures that all boats rise together - union and non-union, here in Canada and around the world."
“These hard-working people are already earning a very modest wage but who find themselves bullied by a hostile employer. It’s a measure of their anger that they’ve elected to withdraw their services.” - Kathleen Demareski, OPSEU Negotiator.
Employer ask community social service workers in B.C. back to bargaining table after rotating strikes
Latest strike action involved 3,900 members – employer calls for a return to the bargaining table.
Ready, set, record!
It's about shoring up one of the basic human rights supporting a fair and prosperous Canada. But ultimately, it's about saving lives.
Employer ask community social service workers in B.C. back to bargaining table after rotating strikes
Latest strike action involved 3,900 members – employer calls for a return to the bargaining table.
The provincial government continues to take credit for tax cuts that have failed to deliver the economic gains that were promised. The government also refuses to accept responsibility for the budget cuts and corresponding service cuts.
Missed what happened in Sudbury on January 8 during the All Together Now! campaign's townhall meeting? Watch the online videos to find out.
NUPGE urges the Conservative government to establish a Fairness Test to assess the distributional impact of key tax and spending policies in budgets and determine whether they will reduce income inequality or make the problem worse.
These women and men provide valuable support services at the university and deserve to be treated fairly at the bargaining table.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Join the BCGEU/NUPGE www.cantaffordchildcare.ca where families can petition the government and the official opposition to commit to implementing $10 a day childcare.
“It is our hope that the next finance minister will come to work for the 99 per cent, not the one per cent. For a change.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
We’re pleased the paramedics can put this behind them, and I know they’re looking forward now to continuing the important work of providing timely pre-hospital care to Winnipeggers.”
Members receive four per cent wage increases over two years, in addition to other improvements.
NUPGE celebrates Black History Month honouring those who have fought for equality and justice everywhere.
The public has a right to know and needs to know result of HQCA investigation.
Health-care union fears other programs may be cut.
More specialized health care positions needed to ensure access to health care.
New report from Canadian Labour Congress says tax freedom day is coming earlier for the country's corporations, thanks to aggressive government tax cuts.
In an article in the Chronicle-Herald the provinces' Finance Minister, Maureen MacDonald, states that “the government has no interest in privatization”.
"Our Sisters are on the frontlines of the struggle to reduce income inequality everyday. Our union and the movement is stronger because of the leadership role they play in communities and workplaces across this country." — James Clancy, NUPGE President.
"We are asking delegates to consider which candidates have the closest ties to Bay Street, which candidates draw their support from big corporations. Our new Premier must put people before profits,” says Thomas.
"Albertans have made it clear time after time that they favour a fairer tax system over a failing health-care system,” says Ballermann.
"Government has purposely raised the bar too high for citizens to access their own employment insurance program." — Debbie Bovyer, PEIUPSE President.
"It is a milestone for EU tax policy, as it paves the way for more ambitious member states to progress on a tax file, even when unanimity could not be achieved," said Algirdas Semeta, the european commissioner for tax.
Oxfam warns that extreme wealth and income inequality is not only unethical, it is also economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive and environmentally destructive.
Vulnerable families are last on the B.C. government's list of priorities, says CSSBA, a message that is certain to gain more attention as the province moves closer to an election in May.
This leadership convention marks a potential sea change for Ontario, where priorities can be shifted to promoting quality public services, taking action on tax fairness and investing in communities with a real job strategy.
“Kids diagnosed with autism need immediate and intensive therapy. But it’s not just children with autism who are waiting for therapy,” Johnson said.
“The government is still failing to implement recommendations to address the crisis in community living that were developed by the stakeholders themselves, including families, self-advocates and community living agencies,” Kinna said.
Workers in community health were without a contract since March 31, 2012 and are among the lowest paid in the public sector.
"The provision of high quality, accessible health services depends on having the right workers, with the right skills, in the right settings. The utilization of LPNs to their full scope of practice is an important part of building a modern nursing and health care team."
World Economic Forum releases pessimistic report. The report sees severe income disparity and Climate Change as among top three greatest risks to world economy.
Along with Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Social Impact Bonds are a bit like money laundering because they allow politicians to hide debt.
Top elected leaders from eight major Ontario unions will be in Sudbury Tuesday night to host a forum on income inequality in the province.
“The public wants to see the LCBO remain a valued public asset that contribute attractive annual dividends to help pay for education, health care and infrastructure.” - Warren (Smokey
In a cynical move the Province's education Minister promises to repeal Bill 115 after using it to impose contracts.
Eighty-five new members choose NAPE/NUPGE as union.
“Our members deserve a collective agreement that reflects the true value of their services to the people they support in the community.” - BCGEU Treasurer Stephanie Smith.
The rich and the rest of us: A northern forum on jobs, inequality, and the future of Ontario – January 8, 2013.
Chief Spence’s action has helped to galvanize a movement called Idle No More, which arose as a result of the federal government’s recent omnibus Bill C-45.
More dates scheduled for negotiations in January 2013.
"The real threat to our economy is the constant attack on the wages of Canadians, something being encouraged by the Harper government. When people have less income, they spend less, or they borrow more and they have less to save for retirement. None of these scenarios help build a stable economy," continued Clancy.
Negotiations began in October and the bargaining committee worked diligently and productively with PSEA and employer representatives to achieve these agreements.
We will be doing a disservice to our collective goal of achieving greater equality if all Canadians don't mount a spirited and vigorous offence in support of labour rights and unions.
"Manitobans are going to be paying more for this service, and if other provinces' experiences are a barometer, we’re going to lose jobs while we’re at it." - Michelle Gawronsky, President MGEU/NUPGE
The actions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs are out of step with the tradition of diplomacy that Canadians have been so proud of. The belligerent bully is not the persona that I want my country to adopt on the world stage.
"People know that when economic injustice and inequality exist, our families and our communities suffer. Economic well being is a human right that must be protected." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“In many communities they are their family’s sole income earners. Why does Tim Hudak want to kill off these jobs that help build strong communities?”
"We already have six or seven layers of upper and middle management above most unionized workers in government. Why would we need to take another layer of employees out of the union and add them to this managerial bureaucracy?" asked Bymoen.
The Ontario government’s attack on public structures and public service workers is political, said Thomas. “And the solution is political.”
Two important events may shape the future of Medicare: the expiration of the Health Accord in 2014 and the federal election in 2015.
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on governments in Canada to make the goal of accessibility and inclusion for all people a priority.
LPNs have input on new regulations governing duties.
Find out where your MPP stands on privatizing public services.
Over 1,000 people take to the street to speak out for fair taxes everywhere at Public Services International.
"If the TD bank took it's own findings seriously, it would tell the government to act now by investing in this much needed and long overdue public service. Waiting only hurts Canadian families and our economy more." - James Clancy, NUPGE President.
"The best way for any nation to combat income inequalty is to ensure its common wealth is used for its common good." - Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Alberta VP and HSAA President.
Protecting ISC employees' rights a priority, but SGEU also concerned about long-term cost to province
"We urge the government to consider the value of Crown corporations before dismantling public institutions that have provided excellent service and good returns to Saskatchewan people over the years." - Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
Employer argued for wage freeze; Arbitration Board disagreed saying it "would create unfair disparity."
Supporters are encouraged to contact Fran Perkins, Chair of the Board at Homes First and Patricia Mueller, Executive Director to tell them to put dignity first at Homes First.
“This situation is clear proof of the dangers of contracting out vital hospital services. If these workers were still under the roof of AHS, the corporate drive for profits would not be a factor and we would not be in this situation." - Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President.
OPSEU/NUPGE members hold information picket today to back demands for new contract at Homes First.
ISC earned $93.3 million for Saskatchewan people from 2007-2011.
“Manitobans have every right to ask Premier Selinger: What programs and services is he looking to cut and why would he endanger economic growth in this way?”
“When you take away those dollars in the name of austerity and deficit-busting, a child and their family are negatively impacted. Is this the sort of legacy our government has chosen to adopt?” - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Employees at Calgary outpatient pharmacies warn public care levels being undermined
Community social service workers strike in Surrey.
European Trade Union Confederation is calling upon Europe’s leaders to demonstrate their determination to deal with the deterioration in employment and to respond to the growing social anxiety felt by Europe’s citizens.
Congratulations to all the students awarded NAPE/NUPGE scholarships.
"Saskatchewan liquor stores have earned $1 billion for the people of our province in the last five years," Bymoen pointed out. "Why would we want to turn revenue from liquor sales over to out-of-province, private businesses?"
Those facing mental health issues need more support, not less.
"When the government cuts a dollar in health-care spending to balance its books, it is the patients who bleed." - HSAA/NUPGE submission to government's Dollars and Sense consultations.
NSGEU/NUPGE are helping families across Nova Scotia prepare for the winter months.
Nearly 25 per cent of all of Canada’s overseas investment dollars end up in tax havens.
Events around Hurricane Sandy highlight the importance of government and the public sector. Both in trying prevent these extreme occurrences and in responding to them when they happen.
Authors conclude that the privatization of liquor stores in Alberta and the partial privatization in B.C. have resulted in higher prices, lower revenues for government and increased social harms in comparison to Saskatchewan’s public system.
While previously a holdout on a Financial Transactions Tax the new coalition government of the Netherlands will join the EU initiative.
"Alcohol is not just another consumer product. It is a drug and we need to examine the potential impact of changes to how we sell it." - Bob Bymoen, President SGEU
New video by Operation Maple provides people with an introduction to the little talked about free trade agreement that Canadians need to know more about!
"ISC meets the needs of Saskatchewan people. Selling this Crown is just not in the best interests of the province." - SGEU President Bob Bymoen
How do we fund quality public services in the future? Who should benefit and who will have to pay? These were the topics of Peter Waldorff's speech at the “Education in Crisis” seminar in Brussels.
Wall government considers privatizing despite the fact that ISC has posted nearly $100 million in net income most of which returned to the people of Saskatchewan.
On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is urging its members to support the Dignity for All Campaign.
Members will be conducting strategically targeted strike action on specific days in specific communities around B.C.
“This employer must come back to the table with a fair deal before the strike deadline,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “These workers have been without a contract for long enough.”
Hospital, nursing home and diagnostic treatment centre and emergency health workers who play a vital role in ensuring the health British Columbians resume negotiations for a fair deal.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is encouraging Canadians to take the opportunity on World Mental Health Day to learn more about mental illness, as well as ways to promote positive mental health.
“As Manitobans, we all have to realize that services are always affected. Any position you eliminate, even through attrition, is going to have an impact on the services delivered to Manitobans." - Lois Wales, MGEU President.
If approved by the legislature, the Protecting Public Services bill would allow the government to not just freeze the wages it pays to unionized employees — ranging from nurses to home care workers to hydro linemen — but roll them back.
Ed Broadbent on ways to bridge Canada’s growing income gap, and why the one per cent should care.
"To make a difference, Canadians need to pressure our government to take on the issue of income inequality head-on." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Repercussions of federal cuts to refugee health care program: confusions, costs and compromised care
“The IFH Program is in disarray and being mismanaged and the health of all refugees is being placed at risk,” said Dr. Philip Berger, Chief of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Ministry proposals harmful to quality, won't improve access to colleges and universities, says OPSEU
"This government is not interested in a genuine conversation with stakeholders on how we can improve and expand the post-secondary education system," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"Austerity measures will exacerbate the economic challenges we face and create undue hardship on many of our province’s most vulnerable citizens,” says Walker.
“Dalton McGuinty has tossed his so-called ‘green agenda’ into the trash can,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
McGuinty uses slight of hand announcement to further his austerity agenda: announces hiring of 18 ESA officers one day; lays off 19 days later.
"No job is more important, and few are as difficult or as dangerous," said Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.
Workers speak out about overcrowding, understaffing, out-dated equipment and increasing violent incidents while Corrections Minister fails to act.
As a result of the telephone town hall meetings many members were shocked at the possibility of losing control of their retirement savings, while others questioned the legality of the McGuinty plan.
“We fully expect that the negative impact on our healthcare system will only worsen in the foreseeable future if the current trend of cutbacks is not stopped,” continued Furlong.
MGEU/NUPGE honoured by Paramedic Association of Manitoba.
"By failing to convene a fall session of the legislature, the government is not being accountable to British Columbians." - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“Spending reductions will put added pressure on public services like social workers and child protection,” said Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
McGill University Health Centre P3 in the middle of more scandal.
“Their jobs are among the most difficult in the health care system, and we are proud to have them as part of our union.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
OPSEU/NUPGE calls on the employer to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement before Saturday deadline.
“Liquor and gaming are two very unique industries requiring careful and socially responsible oversight to ensure safe and healthy communities,” said Lois Wales, MGEU President.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) study reminds provincial governments: You can't pay for education with a tax credit.
Cuts to the federal public service affect us all. Join the opposition to these actions in your community on September 15.
“We’ve not taken the decision to strike lightly. Our last strike in direct government was more than 20 years ago.”- Darryl Walker, BCGEU President on the one-day strike.
NUPGE leadership activists discuss strategy and develop skills to confront the biggest challenge facing workers today: growing income equality.
This Labour Day in 2012, NUPGE celebrates the legacy of those who came before us and we commit to continue the fight for fairness.
"It is not the inexorable march of global economics alone, but rather choices – choices in public budgets, and in economic and social policy – that have failed to rein in the increasing income inequality distributed by the private market and aided in propelling us down this path."
“When workers, through their unions, are able to bargain freely for decent wages, benefits and pensions, there are benefits for the middle class and for society as a whole." - Ken Georgetti, CLC President.
Thomas said the timing of the announcement was peculiar, coming on the heels of government plans to hold teachers and other public sector workers to salary freezes and in some cases, roll back of wages and benefits.
“Even by the standards of this government, which has gone after the deficit with outrageous abandon, the loss of highly-skilled experts in crime fighting is beyond comprehension,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
With Europe in a financial crisis the question remains how far is Canada willing to go to achieve a deal?
Governments have a role to play in ensuring citizens live healthy lives.
The study warns that these cuts will damage progress made towards gender equality.
August 1, 2012 marks year of terrible agricultural policy with the destruction of the Canadian Wheat Board single desk.
Over 25,000 people have signed the petition asking for the LBD to remain public. Opposition to the privatization is broad-based and includes the media, brewers, distillers, bar and restaurant owners, local government and the general public.
"Turpel-Lafond confirms unequivocally what our members have been saying. This is the wrong computer system for the work being done. It needs to replaced.” -Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
During Premier's meeting, Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network holds press conference to outline their vision to improve Canada's public health care system.
“This hidden offshore sector is large enough to make a significant difference to all of our conventional measures of inequality," says James Henry, former McKinsey & Co.
Get your copy of the ATN Campaigner today!
Employment inequality likely to increase due to reduced monitoring resources of government department.
"The people of the province expect and deserve a health care system they can they have confidence in and depend on when needed." - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
Health care activists send Premiers and Harper a message on National Day of Action on 2014 Health Accord: Get back to the table!
On July 18 Canadians will be sending provincial premiers and the Harper government a message to resume negotiations on the 2014 Health Accord.
In federal prisons, “double-bunking” squeezes more prisoners into jails designed to accommodate one inmate per cell. In Ontario jails, most single cells have been modified to house two inmates, and often sleep three or even four.
Via Rail cuts services, puts 200 people out of work.
“The College of the North Atlantic plays a crucial role in ensuring that we are adequately prepared to deal with this labour force crunch. It is counterintuitive to cut instructional and support staff at the College at this crucial point.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
"Teachers thrive amid the myriad of external conditions imposed upon them,” says CTF president Paul Taillefer, “they just want to be given the respect and flexibility they need to make the best decisions possible for their students’ academic success.”
"In an ill-considered bid to make their financial statements look better, Capital Health managers are blundering forward with a plan to contract out one of the provincial health care system&
The B.C. government's Economic Benefits of British Columbia’s Provincial Parks study reveals a huge economic return from government investment in B.C.’s parks system.
Health Care Heroes: They don't have super-powers, but they share the power of caring.
The coalition wants the Minister of Children and Youth Services to meet with Thistletown parents as a group, make public a detailed plan for transition and commit to long-term funding to replicate Thistletown’s services.
“The numbers are staggering,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “From 2003 to 2007 alone, the LCBO permitted close to $1 billion in retail alcohol sales to be sold through private agency stores."
Every Saskatchewan worker stands to lose in government overhaul of labour legislation. Have your voice heard. Write to the Minister today!
"The national poll on attitudes of Canadians towards their health care system revealed that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians want improvements to our health care system, not cuts." - Caro
“The government is trying to save money by sending inappropriate inspectors out to conduct inspections they are not trained for,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President. “This completely undermines the process.”
“It’s a half-hour drive from Chilliwack to the hospital in Abbotsford.
"Our members, who have dedicated their careers and their lives to helping vulnerable children, believe that government needs to rethink its plan to cut these services." - Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
National Union young workers from across Canada are meeting in Ottawa to strategize how to build a future with economic justice for all.
"Minister Kenney is shielding a racist policy under cost-cutting austerity measures and allegations of abuse." - James Clancy, National President, NUPGE
Stand up for democracy by joining the June 13 protest agains tthe Conservative's budget bill.
OPSEU/NUPGE members' Save Ontario Place campaign a success!
Capital Health contracts out AV and print services in September 2012.
The Conservative government, with its Parliamentary majority, is pursuing an agenda of fiscal austerity, cuts to public services and jobs and a renewed determination to attack trade union righs, al
PEIUPSE/NUPGE campaign highlights the move away from "compassion and cooperation in favour of a society leaning toward privatization and the elimination of people and services that all Islanders depend on.”
The transportation sector accounts for 40 per cent of B.C. climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.
New legislation in Manitoba prescribes more accountability and transparency before starting P3 projects.
NAPE/NUPGE members demonstrate against cuts at Eastern Health.
On June 4, NUPGE is joining with faith groups, trade unions, associations, businesses, First Nations, environment groups, human rights groups, pro democracy groups and seniors, across the country, to say: Silence is Not an Option.
"I want to congratulate everyone who received an award and I want to say thank you to every brave MGEU/NUPGE member who gives so much of themselves in order to make our communities better pl
"They are closing a profitable and socially responsible Liquor Control Commission (LCC) outlet that will result in reduced services for Islanders and more jobs lost unnecessarily.” - PEIUPSE President Shelley Ward.
Thousands join together to protest the federal budget by darkening their websites on June 4.
"These workers should not be tossed aside in a drive to reduce costs and increase profits.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“You don’t provide support to people, many with mobility challenges, by forcing them to travel to see you.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
President's Commentary: Quebec student strike: It's about values, democracy and fundamental freedoms
In fighting the dramatic tuition fee hikes, the student movement is defending the values of equality and solidarity which underpin this social contract.
With a 13 per cent child poverty rate, Canada ranks higher than the average and places 24th of 35 industrialized countries.
"If Canada had a modern industrial strategy, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
Robin Hood and his merry activists take to streets across from Parliament Building in support of the Robin Hood Tax. UPDATED
"There is no place left to cut without putting people and services at risk." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, Old Age Security is sustainable - despite what the Harper government is telling you.
"We’re hoping the B.C. Government has heard their message and gets serious about negotiating a fair and reasonable agreement with us.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
James Clancy, NUPGE National President, condemned Bill 78, calling it a repressive law which imposes unconstitutional limits on the fundamental rights and freedoms of assembly, association and expr
“It’s times like these when the public is reminded of just how important public services are to our safety."
Why would your government give up annual revenues of $2.7 billion in order to obtain $100 million? This must count as one of the most short sighted and potentially dangerous decisions a government has ever made." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
While income inequality has begun to receive the attention it deserves, CMIS is determined to start a serious debate on the economic development strategy for this country.
Higher costs, reduced accountability and privatization are all risks in the social impact bond funding scheme for public services.
“Income inequality is the greatest social and economic challenge facing Canada today,” said James Clancy, NUPGE President.
Of course, the country can afford pensions for some people. Pretty good pensions, in fact. CEO’s and the Executive ranks are doing quite OK in their retirement.
"Is this the new PEI?
Watch new video interviews from the Women 4 Change training session.
The myriad assaults on the nation being implemented by Harper are really just the latest chapter in what has been a revolution of lowered expectations: a deliberate and systematic culture war on
Nobody really knows the cost of cutting oversight agencies but without the proper information we run the risk of making serious problems even worse and, in the long term, that will cost all of us.<
“We want C4Ps to focus on a positive message which talks about the impact workplace pensions have in providing seniors with decent retirement income as well as creating a strong and healthy e
Public Services Foundation of Canada says income inequality is main obstacle to building better public services
“Austerity,” she said, “is not the remedy. Austerity will only increase inequality and push up demand for public services.
"We’re calling on this government to deliver a transparent budget that protects the services Canadians rely on and scrap costly programs like new prisons and fighter jets that don’t reflect the priorities of mainstream Canada.”
Government’s move to prevent Air Canada employees from going on a legal strike, in part because it might interfere with March Break, most recent example of disregard for democracy, even our Constitution.
“Government talks about attracting workers to the province while at the same time it is forcing highly skilled young workers to look elsewhere for their economic future,” said Furlong.
“When, because of traditions, social taboos or simple prejudice, half of the world’s population is prevented from making its contribution to the life of a nation, the economy will suf
"What this province needs is a new kind of accord to chart the best way forward. Respectful discussion and serious thought can build a prosperous – and compassionate – future." - Open letter to Premier McGuinty.
Want to give Harper a piece of your mind, and possibly win $100?!
A simple remedy: Let’s just all pay our fair share.
Rather than spending wildly on no-strings attached corporate tax cuts, Harper could have provided tax refunds to corporations after they actually created jobs; instead, job-killers like Caterp
Comprehensive speakers line up to present at the Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness in Toronto
Presentations to the Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness range from child care and health care, children and women's rights, workers and the justice system for two days of hearings in Toronto.
Toronto (26 Jan. 2012) - Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) Region 4 Executive Board Member Chris Cormier, takes on the corporate gravy train in the following letter printed in the Jan. 13 edition of the Toronto Sun. Cormier is one of the National Union of Public and General Employees’ All Together Now! campaign's Writers 4 Change.
Licensed and Registered Practical Nurses urge Premiers to agree on key principles to protect and strengthen public Medicare
Members of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) gathered in Victoria this week to discuss the ongoing Health Accord negotiations and various labour relations and professional practice issues. They were joined by representatives from the B.C Hospital Employees' Union.
“What we have in Ontario is privatization of alcohol sales by stealth,” Christianson concluded. “We’re losing out on millions of dollars that could be spent on public services.”
With Italy, France and Germany already in support, the UK is now the only centre-right Government amongst Europe's five biggest economies not to back the tax.
“The Ministry of Community and Social Services continues to ignore the chronic funding crisis in this sector,” Thomas said. “Waiting lists across the province continue to rise with no relief in sight.”
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"It's dangerous to go down a path of looking at reducing government expenditures and dealing with the deficit, in terms of public sector's programs and services, without talking to people." - Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Public Services Foundation of Canada chairperson.
Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness launches public hearings in response to Drummond study
"The time has arrived to study other ways of sustaining good public services in this province through a tax system that can fund programs and services."
"Paul knows that public services are important to building a good quality of life for Canadian families and he understands the need to ensure greater tax fairness in this
Provides fact based response to reports to the anecdotal attacks on the public sector from the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) and other conservative think tanks.
Statement from the National Executive Board of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
"Had a meaningful consultative process been engaged to find a solution which meets the concerns of the majority, the present legal action might not have been necessary." - Justice Douglas Campbell
What Kent did stand for, and speak out for, throughout his life, is the public interest. And the debate for the future is about creating a public space where the public interest can be debated, defined, and advanced.
All Together Now! women activists to focus on public services key to achieving life/work balance.
Dignity Denied 2011 illustrates the flaws in our current system of long-term care and offers common sense solutions for positive change.
Retirees 4 Change will champion issues of retirement security and long-term care as part of NUPGE's All Together Now! campaign.
“We want to hear what people have to say on a wide-range of issues ….
"The McGuinty government can’t build a strong Ontario if they keep weakening the foundation. They need to stop the cuts before it’s too late.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"Workers are being told to work longer, pay more and receive less," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President. "We stand in solidarity with each and every UNISON member in the fight for decent pensions. Enough is enough."
"The first thing we should be looking at is tax fairness rather than cutting social programs like Medicare." - Elisabeth Ballerman, CHPS Co-Chair and HSAA President.
New research published by the Tax Justice Network shows that tax evasion costs governments around the world more than US$3.1 trillion annually.
At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone known to her.
"So bailing out the banks while punishing workers is not, in fact, a recipe for prosperity." - Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winning economist.
"We need to work together to force them to put people before tax cuts and excessive corporate profits." - James Clancy, NUPGE President.
The Occupy movement is here to stay. It will morph into something else. But it’s not going away until there are serious reforms to our economy and democracy.
All Together Now! rolls out three new, fact-filled pieces in the continuing fight for income equality.
This October employment declined by 54,000 full time positions. October's loss pushed the unemployment rate here in Canada up 0.2 percentage points to 7.3 per cent.
Respondents in half of 99 countries surveyed say they do not have confidence in their national governments.
The All Together Now! campaign continues to build a movement in support of quality public services and fighting for tax fairness.
Postal workers mount serious legal challenge against Conservative government actions.
We are told that this proposed free trade deal with the EU will be good for us, those of us who make up the 99%. That’s as true as the argument that rising incomes for the wealthy will help the economy.
Arrival of trojan horse on Parliament highlights hidden implications of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) being pursued by the Harper government despite major public concerns.
Check out the election magazine from the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU). Before you vote, get informed.
"I will strongly reinforce our message to the premier that these sorts of cuts cannot continue without severely harming services that the people of our province have come to rely on.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
BCGEU urges provincial government to restore funding to much needed social programs.
"As the trade union movement has well pointed out, it is growth and decent jobs, not austerity, which are essential to beating the crisis and putting an end to the growing inequality and poverty around the globe." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
It’s time for true political leaders in Canada to emerge and rise to the challenge of addressing inequality. And the rest of us must be more demanding of our governments to justify their policy choices – will they reduce inequality or make the problem worse?
“It is time for the financial sector to make a contribution back to society,” - European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
An investment in addressing poverty and income inequality in Canada would save billions in the long run.
TV campaign provides a quick glimpse into the hectic day of a social worker who struggles to meet the needs of at-risk children.
Campaign focuses on recent Freedom of Information documents that reveal in startling detail the impact of budget cuts.
Poll finds that 30 per cent of Canadians want Parliament to focus on job creation while only nine per cent want debt reduction or tax breaks as a priority and three per cent want to see action on crime.
Walker calls on the B.C. government to hold meaningful talks on the heels of the HST referendum.
Manitoba provincial P.C. candidate Gord Steeves believes private corporations should take over auto insurance. The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) has responded with a campaign explaining why public insurance is the smart choice for Manitoba families and communities.
Thinking strategically during challenging times was a central theme of NUPGE's 2011 Leadership Development School.
Ottawa is abandoning federal inspection of meat produced for local citizens in BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Coast guard employee relieved of his duties for publicly disagreeing with the federal government's decision to move the Marine Rescue Centres to Halifax. UPDATED
“With corporate childcare, the profit motive comes at the expense of families and workers,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
Activist gear up for election with province-wide training and mobilization.
“Our members are professionals of the finest kind. They, too, are risking their health and safety so that others may find relief from the destructive effects of the blazes.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
1,500 members participate in union's first telephone town hall.
NSGEU concerned with District Health Authorities request for proposal to review admin and support services
“Time and time again where this has been proposed, our members have demonstrated how cost-savings can be achieved by allowing them to continue to provide a specific service. Contracting-out is a false solution that will undermine public health care.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU president.
"This is as blatant a conflict-of-interest as I’ve ever seen.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU president.
"At no time in modern British Columbia have corporations earned so much and contributed so little to public revenue." - Jim Sinclair, president, BC Federation of Labour.
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“The lesson of the Mike Harris era is that cuts to public services hurt us all,” said Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
“Hopefully this report will gain some traction with the broader corporate community and we’ll have a real conversation as to how to rectify this imbalance, before it’s too late.” says James Clancy, NUPGE national president.
All Together Now! conference delegates support Saskatchewan workers as they bargain for decent working conditions.
Closure will have a profoundly negative impact on the offshore search and rescue capabilities in this province – an impact that could put people’s lives in danger.
"The fact that tax fairness is even being debated in the public forum is due in large part to the hard work of our members." - James Clancy, president, NUPGE. UPDATED
“We’re witnessing a concerted effort by the new Harper majority government to weaken the rights of workers and the influence of their unions.”
"Continuing the spiral downward, the loss will in turn affect the overall economies in our struggling rural communities." - Joan Jessome, NSGEU president.
On the heels of a federal budget which gives more tax breaks to corporations but signals cuts to the public service, PEIUPSE launches regional meetings on the Value of Public Services.
“A majority of Canadians want the Harper government to cancel its plan for more corporate tax cuts and instead invest the money in the quality public services families need,” said James Clancy, NUPGE national president.
Child and youth workers rally for improved working conditions in sector.
The concept of a tax "freedom" day has always been a corporate sham to undermine the value of the public sector and public services.
"We are pleased to have been selected by the employees for All Care Home Support as their union." - Carol Furlong, NAPE president.
Deputy Sheriffs around the province are having their hours cut dramatically by the provincial government, which will cause more problems keeping courts running, says the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE).
“This strike vote comes at a time of deepening crisis in community social services,” says James Cavalluzzo, bargaining association chair.
On June 1, in communities throughout Ontario, wear a sticker to Put Kids First
Get the latest news and information about the All Together Now! campaign by downloading the most recent newsletter.
Points to a problem with private jails ‘cherry-picking’ healthy and easy prisoners and leaving state facilities with more difficult and costly inmates.
"It would appear that the government has heard our concerns and that we are making some progress. However, there is a long way to go yet," said Darryl Walker, BCGEU president.
Seventh anniversary of Christy Clark’s creation of Community Living BC - Unfulfilled promises leave vulnerable families
BC CLAG is reaching out again to stress that families are still waiting and will continue to urge Premier Clark and Minister Bloy to honour the promises made seven years ago.
"As we heard from several well respected speakers this week, it is critical that we continue to educate, organize and mobilize our activists and fight for tax fairness and quality public services." - James Clancy, NUPGE president.
The truth starts at PS: Let's Talk.
Ontarians urged to "Take a Stand" for youth mental health.
"The call for standardized RCW education is now more important than ever," asserts PEIUPSE President Shelley Ward. "Patient safety and care depends on successful collaboration between health care professionals."
"Children, youth and families deserve mental health services when they need them" says Leisa Burberry, bargaining team chair, "and we're the professionals that want to deliver them."
“I’m proud that this new legislation will support more tools that can be used to save lives,” said Oswald. “I want to express our appreciation and gratitude to Manitoba paramedics and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba for their leadership and advocacy.”
The real question now is whether or not Canada Post is up to the job to be the innovator the country needs. There is a massive opportunity for CEO Deepak Chopra to make a transformative shift in our postal system. Now is the perfect time for Canada Post to open itself to the future, to invest and expand.
Economist David Macdonald and Ottawa Citizen columnist will be taking your questions about party policies on taxes and public services. Join us at http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca/webcast-apr28
"I believe if Canadians are presented with clear choices in this election, they'll choose the Canada that you and I believe in." - James Clancy, President, NUPGE
“With almost half of all MGEU members working directly for the province of Manitoba, it’s important for members to talk about public services and how these services are impacted by taxation. This is a chance for our members to address these issues and get informed,” said Lois Wales, MGEU president.
"This is a unique opportunity for our membership to learn a bit more about the federal party's platforms, especially with respect to fair taxation," said Scott Pattison, HSAA Communications Officer.
“Not one person I’ve spoken to about this campaign has said these cutbacks haven’t hurt them personally or someone they are close to. I’ve always had fire in my belly to make a difference, but this campaign has increased it more.” - Tamara Weber, Champion 4 Change.
Whose Canada? That's the question we want Canadians to think about in this election.
"The vote to accept this process brings to an end a two year struggle to reach a first collective agreement," says Joan Jessome, NSGEU president. “We are all very proud of this new local and their determination to achieve a fair first contract.”
"OPSEU recognizes that the public wants a leader who understands the value of quality public services and is prepared to talk straight about the need to pay for them through a fair tax system. We hope you recognize this as well." - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
"The bottom line is that the Ghiz government has no concrete plan to ensure that Islanders receive continually improving services. If anything, services for Islanders are in jeopardy." - Shelley Ward, PEIUPSE president.
All Together Now! conducting town hall meetings and forums across the country to discuss questions of tax fairness, public services and the people who deliver them. Updated!
"Families will suffer if the 33 members are not there to provide them service." - Metro Regional Housing Authority tenant.
Spending $6 billion on a tax cut to big corporations and up to $30 billion on fighter jets are simply not on the priority list of most Canadians.
There’s more fresh evidence that the Harper government's drive for ever-lower corporate tax rates has not produced the job creation payoff that the Conservatives have been promising.
"This downsizing fails to address the devastating impact of failing to fill vacancies for our members and the vital services they provide," says NSGEU/NUPGE
"The employers and the Ministry both need to realize that this sector is at a cross roads, one where all stakeholders can agree to work together to solve the systemic issues they face or where the service will continue to slip backwards and fail one of societies most vulnerable groups," says OPSEU/NUPGE.
“Outpatient x-rays are a source of much-needed revenue for the hospital. And they want to give them away to the for-profit clinics? That’s wrong.”
The pretense for the attacks is that state governments are broke and radical measures are required to eliminate budget deficits. This is a false argument.
This show of solidarity will be held on Saturday, April 2 at 2 pm at the Peace Arch Park on the Canada-US border.
According to Global Compass Group, the lobby firm hired by Koch Industries to represent its interests, it will focus on issues ranging from taxation policy, energy and resource and economic development.
"We can’t keep cutting social workers, highways workers, educators, and health care workers without putting public health and safety at risk,” says SGEU President Bob Bymoen.
"Tax fairness has been flipped upside down in this country,” said Clancy. “Instead of billion dollar give-aways to corporations, the government should invest the money in the public services that ensure a decent quality of life for all Canadians.”
“A full public inquiry would be just the ticket to restore public confidence in our system," said David Eggen, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare.
Our nation and our economy were built on the skills and knowledge gained through a public system based on accessibility, affordability, quality and accountability and funded through the Canada Social Transfer (CST)
"With three million Canadians living in housing insecurity, the federal government can no longer afford to hide its head in the sand and wish this problem away.”- James Clancy, national president, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
“For the past two and a half years the government has been working on a 10-year strategy for mental health,” says Kim McDowell, President of OPSEU Local 152 (RMHC). “While they have been talking about improving the system, the reality on the ground has been one of program closures and layoffs.”
'The facts clearly show that privatization of liquor stores in New Brunswick is just bad public policy.'
Satirical video called People for Corporate Tax Cuts makes the point that public employees and public programs must not lavish unnecessary billions on corporations.
Fifth annual celebration of the important work of people who care for and support individuals with developmental disabilities.
'Our collective challenge today is to develop a sense of co-operation amid very significant challenges.'
'Why inflict unnecessary anxiety and hardship on parents, teachers, staff and administrators who are already struggling to maintain present programs and services?'
Warren (Smokey) Thomas will present a brief on behalf of 125,000 OPSEU members across Ontario.
CPP changes derailed as federal finance minister puts forward a limited voluntary private-sector pension option designed for small businesses and the self-employed.
'They're talking about the need to reduce the public service ...at the same time costs are going through the roof.'
'We demand that our public health care system be protected and not secretly dismantled by the Stelmach government.'
'We urge the government of British Columbia to act swiftly on this unanimous recommendation.' - Darryl Walker.
'Without a change of course by their government, they can expect more of the same - generosity for the oil patch, discipline for citizens.' - Parkland Institute.
Episode underscores HSAA position in demanding action now to deal with provincial ER crisis.
The impact on public employees will stretch far beyond the two-year freeze proposed by the province – all for the benefit of already-wealthy corporations.
Take two minutes to e-mail Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding that the Canada Health Act be enforced.
"Our Tax Dollars - Our Health Centre ... Open the Doors, Turn On All the Lights!'
'There will be a major human and economic cost if deficits are eliminated before a real recovery has been achieved.' - Andrew Jackson.
'A rights-based system makes sense, because it removes politics from the justice system.' - Darryl Walker.
'We're a 130,000 member union and we are also working together with other unions to make sure our message is heard.'
'Polling has told us the public values the public services they receive.' - Joan Jessome.
Families, workers, service providers and advocates work together to address BC community living crisis
A broad and diverse group of almost 200 self-advocates, families, workers and other key stakeholders met in Vancouver earlier this week to strategize around working together to address the current crisis in the community living sector.
Eye-opening website lets employees see the annual cumulative losses a public sector freeze will mean to their personal purchasing power.
Legal opinion commissioned by Alberta Federation of Labour says proposed changes are "not consistent with a democratic society."
'There are ways the government can save money within the government system but it's not by cutting public services.' - Tom Mann.
B.C. Health Coalition report says 'explosion' of for-profit clinics jeopardizing equality and fairness of the health care system.
'The proposed process is unnecessarily heavy handed.' - Elisabeth Ballermann.
NBUPPE says New Brunswick politicians will damage essential services if they try to finance election promises by cutting public sector jobs.
Bed counts will drop to nearly half over the next four years despite a doubling of patients with dementia in the coming years, union says.
'Right now lives are being put at risk. It’s that simple.' - Chris Broughton, MGEU Local 911.
Released after 12 months of hearings, workshops and submissions from Alberta groups and citizens.
Canadian Health Coalition says ‘affordability’ no longer an excuse for inaction.
Labour organizations gathering at 10 a.m. at Health Resource Centre.
Saskatchewan Party government eroding public health care system, say critics.
NAPE accuses employer of discrimination against women while managers are paid up to $40 an hour.
Municipalities across the province are being urged to support a resolution by Victoria and New Westminster at UBCM meeting in September.
Many Americans going without health care as private insurance companies continue to jack up premiums to pay for exorbitant CEO salaries and lobbyists.
Multi-bed shelter for women battling addictions, homelessness or other safety issues.
New regulated child care system goes into effect across the province in September.
John Baird says Harper Conservatives will make constraint in spending growth 'the centrepiece' of their approach to tackling record federal budget shortfalls.
'We want to see the B.C. Liberal government and its agencies develop a multi-year plan.' - Darryl Walker.
Canada's first minister urged not to endorse Canada-European trade agreement without undertaking extensive consultations with citizens.
Brings back memories of Mike Harris cuts causing 'flying wheels' and 'dangerous rigs'.
Citizens are being urged to sign an open letter to Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner.
'I can say with confidence that McGuinty knows the broad strokes of where OPSEU members are at on the big issues.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
'Are we looking at smaller things? Possibly, but no decision’s been made.'
'Our message on this is clear: selling off any of Ontario’s assets, including the LCBO, is foolish.'
“The promises of shorter wait times, of innovation, and of cost savings have just evaporated. In the end, I'm prepared to bet that Alberta tax payers will be paying a whole lot more than we would have if we had never travelled down this slippery slope,” Elisabeth Ballermann.
Proposed language would open Canada's telecommunications sector to full foreign ownership, restrict municipal procurement policies and make banking and financial regulation much more difficult.
NUPGE president James Clancy says the acrimonious U.S.health care debate offers a welcome reminder that Canada’s national Medicare program is a triumph of both values and economics.
Decision follows massive 'people power' protest by citizens across New Brunswick. Updated.
'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.
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.
'This is yet another example of our current government piecing away our Crown corporations, regardless of whether or not they are profitable.'
By far the largest demonstration yet against the sale of NB Power assets to Hydro Quebec.
Canadian public sector unions along with the European Federation of Public Service Unions release study arguing that the deal is fundamentally flawed.
Rally and concert held to back striking workers of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum. NUPGE has made a significant contribution to worker's hardship fund.
Underfunding and no-deficit policy at BC Institute of Technology means students and staff have fewer options.
"The Work Ability Centre is renowned for the quality of their programming. If anything, it should be expanded, not closed down." Darryl Walker, president BCGEU/NUPGE
Paper from Alberta’s Parkland Institute and the CCPA see a business model based on maximizing profit and share value creates significant environmental, social, economic, and political problems for Canada.
Ignores restrictions imposed by Canada's top court when sections of Bill 29 were struck down as unconstitutional.
NUPGE publishes the first of three reports on ideas that emerged from a series of 26 town hall meetings across the country to assess the way forward from the global economic collapse.
Postal union circulating petition to draw attention to unpublicized campaign by Harper Conservatives.
Canada Post review awakens old fears in hundreds of small rural communities.
Private delivery of services should not even be considered, says Canadian Health Coalition.
On November 6th the Government of Manitoba and MGEU will recognize the importance of highlighting the work of Manitoba's Community Social Service Workers and to acknowledge their vital contribution to our communities.
The private consultants behind the eHealth spending scandal weren’t able to contain themselves from pinching the public purse for every last dime." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
804 people surveyed across the province in mid-September by NRG Research Group.
'Replacing the provincial liquor board system with a privatized system of retail alcohol sales will increase alcohol-related problems and carry substantial human, social and economic costs.'
The decision proved to be unpopular among parents and teachers and sparked a flurry of complaints to the ministry.
'This government thinks profits instead of people and this is toxic to our vibrant Crowns.'' - Wendy Sol, Save Our Saskatchewan Crowns (SOS).
What will re-elected Campbell government do with proposal to radically dismantle public services?
Abuse of casual workers is the key issue. The LCBO makes more than $200,000 a year per worker ($1.6 billion) yet casual workers earn less than $20,800 a year.
Private British Columbia highway contractors rewarded by Liberal government of Premier Gordon Campbell despite repeatedly failing safety inspections.
'Opening these new specialty wine stores is just a way of turning liquor sales over to private interests.' - SGEU president Bob Bymoen.
BCGEU survey finds 93% of all private store prices higher than government-run stores. None were lower.
BCGEU responds to bogus suggestion by Vancouver Province writer on NDP and beer prices.
'Why not leave the front line service positions alone and explain the million dollars spent on consultants?' - NBUPPE.
'Ministry of Transportation needs to take back control of costs and operational outcomes to determine value for money.'
'Sandwich generation' needs help coping simultaneously with children and aging parents.'
'Our public services are an unbeatable deal.... we get back much more than the amount we pay in taxes.'
Canadian Health Coalition challenges CMA president Dr. Robert Ouellet to stop misleading Canadians about private, for-profit health care.
'We will be discussing the value of public services, especially during a recession when our services are required more than ever.' - SGEU president Bob Bymoen.
'The Campbell government is to blame for this troubling situation because it's failed to properly enforce standards.' - BCGEU president Darryl Walker
'80% of hospitals are sinking into debt while the equivalent of 5,000 full-time jobs are expected to be eliminated this year alone.'
Province-wide SGEU campaign features firefighters, highways workers, social workers and corrections workers.
'A loss of that magnitude is akin to losing three steel mill plants in Hamilton.' - OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas. [Updated with detailed critique.]
'Wouldn’t the profits made by McKesson Canada be better used in the public system?' - Joan Jessome.
'The absence of a staffing standard has already compromised quality care in the drive to maximize profits.'
Why are several Canadian provinces cutting back at a time when the economy needs stimulus across the board, asks NUPGE's Larry Brown.
NBUPPE says New Brunswickers will feel the impact in lost services.
Message to Premier Dalton McGuinty: Please fund our hospitals adequately to resolve their deficits and stop the cuts.
'We made a commitment before the last election that we would not be privatizing the liquor stores.' - Dan D'Autremont.
Investigation indicates widespread abuses by private operators who are benefiting from millions in public funding.
Beware of child care property development/leaseback schemes, proposals to expand for-profit child care and pressure to reduce quality standards.
Musings by premier are a big setback for efforts to rebuild public sector and deal with recruitment and retention following damage caused by Liberal cuts in 2001 and 2004.
'The government has indicated that they are going to cut up to 25% cent of the public service.' - Tom Mann.
'Be reassured though that your collective agreements contain some very strong employment security provisions that the government is legally bound to respect.' - Darryl Walker.
'Line staff are all too aware of wasteful spending, especially the use of outside contractors.' - Darryl Walker.
National Union mourns deaths in Australian disaster and applauds heroic efforts of public sector workers
The role that public sector workers played in fighting the fire - and saving lives - has not received the recognition that it deserves. Public sector workers have been at the forefront of responding to the disaster.
National Union components, the Health Sciences Association of BC and the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union, are among the more than 200 organizations to sign onto an open letter calling for a commitment to a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.
CRTC decision on Internet throttling pits 'innovation and free speech versus monopoly'. Canadians encouraged to get involved in the debate over Canada's open Internet and 'Net Neutrality' -- before a vital February 16 deadline.
Colleges have asked Ontario Labour Relations Board to deny application for certification outright - want the ballot boxes to remain sealed and they don’t want the votes to be counted. Union calls on Minister to act.
As the number of unemployed grows the National Union is demanding the federal government move quickly to fix the Employment Insurance program.
Conservatives' plans in child care leading to shrinking number of child care spaces and they have chosen to ignore the crisis in the recent federal budget.
BCGEU president Darryl Walker concerned by potential impact on frontline services.
'In tough times it is important that our governments show leadership and make smart policy choices that are in our long term interests,' say James Clancy and Peter Olfert.
'Frontline public sector workers were in Ottawa recently to urge the federal government to make public services and social programs a priority in the Jan. 27 federal budget.'
British study examines the 'economic shock' following the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the horrific human toll that accompanied mass privatization.
Frontline public sector workers are urging Canada's first ministers to make funding for public services and social programs a priority in the federal economic stimulus package.
Frontline public sector workers are urging Canada's first ministers to propose a stimulus package that supports families by investing in public services.
Canadians want greater investment in public services for families. A new poll indicates citizens will back stimulus measures that support — not cut — government services.
'Now is definitely not the time to cut back on public services or public sector wages.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas
OPSEU says fight to restore public sector out-patient physio services will continue.
MGEU debunks claim that alcohol is just another commodity like blue jeans.
Sides with mayor who refused to bargain seriously with striking drivers.
'The problem is that the costs are still there. Taxpayers pay regardless of how the financing is arranged.'
With P3s - The only winner is the private sector contractor.
The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE) has launched a new campaign to promote the value of public services.
Designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002
'We urgently need an immediate moratorium on any further privatization deals.' - George Heyman, BCGEU
OPSEU asks hard questions about firm charging $7,500 for treatment not covered by OHIP
BCGEU says Campbell Liberals failing to consult in spirit of historic Supreme Court of Canada decision
Good news for MHA employees merging with MHRC
OPSEU says report echoes concerns it has expressed on many occasions
Outrageous private profits and secrecy condemned by Ontario Health Coalition
'Decision won't stand without a challenge.' - OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Information kit helps British Columbia drivers evaluate road maintenance
'When something looks too good to be true - it usually is.' - Shelley Ward, PEIUPSE
35,000 long-term beds but no mention of additional staff
Billion-dollar British IT privatization gamble runs into trouble
Business community lobbying aggressively for privatization in Nov. 7 election campaign
'The province has a huge surplus and it makes no sense.'
West Coast Environmental Law, assisted by the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union, has released a damning report on the provincial environment. It documents a dramatic reduction in enforcement and compliance under the Campbell Liberal government.
'Leaving for higher wages elsewhere.' - Carol Furlong
Exploring solutions to excessive caseloads and workplace stress
'Successive governments have undervalued the services they provide.' - Carol Furlong
The 20 million-strong international public service trade union federation holds its centennial congress in Vienna. PSI delegates meet in congress every five years.
Dalton McGuinty would keep LCBO system as it is; John Tory is open to privatization
OPSEU makes food safety an issue in the Oct. 10 Ontario election campaign
Why is John Tory so eager to push Ontario into more U.S.-style health care delivery?
'It strikes fear in the heart of the workforce and the public that consume government services.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas
25-year deal puts taxpayers on the hook for untold billions in undefined future rent and maintenance costs
Members divided on privatization ideology of incoming CMA president Brian Day of Vancouver.
Group of organizations says doctors should evaluate health care in the same way they assess patients.
(Aug 15, 2007) -- 'The CMA is undermining the most fundamental premises of our national Medicare system – health care is not a commodity that should be bought or sold. It is a common good and needs to be treated and respected in this manner.'
Report by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) says long wait times for physiotherapy treatment or occupational therapy are affecting vulnerable patients.
Recruitment and retention are 'huge issues' in all health care fields in which the NSGEU represents workers – and privatization is not the answer
'There is no place for the profit motive when it comes to guaranteeing the security of citizens.' - Leah Casselman
User fees could be next, OPSEU warns
Canada's next prime minister is the only federal leader who refused to sign The Workers' Bill of Rights