A 2009 Finance department chart estimates that if Ottawa spent $1 billion on support for unemployed and low-income individuals, it would generate 18,755 jobs. The same chart shows that if Ottawa gave up $1 billion in revenue in corporate income tax reductions, this would create only 3,310 jobs.
"Many Islanders want to support the public liquor stores not just because they are more convenient but because they are more socially responsible when it comes to selling alcohol than are gas stations and convenience stores." — Debbie Bovyer, PEIUPSE President.
“Bill 30 is a clear abuse of power by the McNeil government: the provisions of this legislation are very clearly designed to undermine our members’ right to strike and their right to full and free collective bargaining,” said NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
Five-year agreement provides for wage increases, employment security, protection from contracting out and improvements to benefits.
“Nicole was incredibly dedicated and the youths in her care absolutely loved her. She proved that to the end after it seems she returned into the building after helping her client get outside." — Jane Kaija, President of OPSEU Local 668.
NUPGE will appear as intevernor arguing that the right to strike as referred to in the Charter should be interpreted based on Canada's obligations under international labour law.
“When we met recently with Minister Cadieux, we discussed other uses for the centre. Closing it was never mentioned as an option. Closing it is bad for these young people, bad for our justice system, and bad for the people of B.C.” — Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“Taken together, these voices represent the democratic strength of inquiry, research, and discussion that animate so much of the labour movement and the social movements supported by unions.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
The employees originally approached the BCGEU/NUPGE because they were concerned about unfair treatment and a lack of a voice in the workplace.
“No one should feel alone or scared to talk about mental illness, and anything we can do to help, we will.” — Scott Cloney, MGEU Youth Committee Chair and 4th Vice President.
“We always knew Hudak’s positions on a score of issues were extremist, but a job-killing plan on this scale will help destroy the economic health of communities across Ontario." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Advocates for the financial transaction tax (FTT) see this as a great step forward. However, while there is now a political agreement for the 10 countries to proceed, campaigners see that there is a lot of work still needed to translate this into Robin Hood tax spending to protect jobs, boost employment and improve and save lives in poorer parts of the world.
Charlottetown (12 May 2014) — The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEIUPSE/NUPGE), Debbie Bovyer, says, “Strait Crossing Bridge Limited (SCBL) is looking at using only self-serve toll booths at night at the Confederation Bridge. SCBL officials point to safety as the main reason for the potential change, however, the union has questions."
“If Hudak wins a majority,” he says, “It’s your job that’s at stake. It’s your future that’s at stake. It’s your pension plan that’s at stake."