“The Ministry is moving this work to contingent part-time workers, and away from support workers who have over 20 years’ experience and who have made significant impacts in the lives of parents and students with disabilities,” Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Education and Training
The National Union's Education and Training Working Group meets regularly to discuss common issues related to bargaining and public policy in the post-secondary education (PSE) sector.
Specific issues explored include financing of Canada's colleges and universities, trades and apprenticeship issues, and the quality and affordability of education in Canada.
The union has worked with several Components to respond to provincial government reviews of their post-secondary education and training systems. Recently, NUPGE submitted a complaint to the International Labour Organization concerning the denial of the rights of part-time college workers to organize a union.
Members negotiate improvements to working conditions and benefits plus a 5.25 per cent increase to wage.
NB Union (NBU/NUPGE) signs collective agreements for community college members.
Four awards of $1,500 given each year to children of NUPGE members.
Members support baragaining demands with overwhelming strike vote.
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.
“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.
OPSEU/NUPGE welcome long term care and IT workers.
"Our job is not done until all workers can earn a decent living safely." - James Clancy, NUPGE President
"We must ensure every worker has the freedom to join a union to protect their interests. Only then will workplace tragedies be prevented," said Clancy. James Clancy, NUPGE President.
“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.
“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.”
NSGEU/NUPGE members voted to accept new collective agreement.
Join the protest against cuts to programs at the College of the North Atlantic.
“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.
“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.
Saskatchewan government urged to bring proposed labour law changes into line with accepted Canadian standards
“There is no reason that Saskatchewan labour law needs to be so radically different than the Canadian legislative norm in the treatment of supervisory employees,” says Clancy.
Improvements to collective agreement approved by the membership.
The bargaining committee is recommending acceptance of the new contract.
“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.
Research has shown that women shift workers exposed to light at night are at increased risk for breast cancer.
Public services will be cut and assets sold off, hurting families and communities across the province.
Conciliation talks bring out a tentative settlement.
Members to vote on employer's final offer on February 20.
Missed what happened in Sudbury on January 8 during the All Together Now! campaign's townhall meeting? Watch the online videos to find out.
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.
Members receive four per cent wage increases over two years, in addition to other improvements.
The union will be holding two information sessions for members to attend to ask questions about the strike vote and conciliation process.
Support workers ratify contract at Mount St. Vincent.
Members will vote on new agreement on January 28.
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.
Conciliation dates have been scheduled for January 23 and 24, 2013.
”We respect the provisions of the Ontario Labour Relations Act – something we have requested the minister and the government to do for almost a year.” ETFO president Sam Hammond.
“These women and men provide important services for the students in almost every Department at the university. They deserve a fair contract that respects the work they do.”
Along with Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Social Impact Bonds are a bit like money laundering because they allow politicians to hide debt.
In a cynical move the Province's education Minister promises to repeal Bill 115 after using it to impose contracts.
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.
Negotiations began in October and the bargaining committee worked diligently and productively with PSEA and employer representatives to achieve these agreements.
Outstanding issues such as wages, parental leave and contracting out remain unresolved.
Richard Wilkinson, one of the world’s most preeminent researchers on social inequalities, and author of the Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone will kick of the CFLR conference as the keynote speaker.
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.
“This agreement provides a solid foundation for local bargaining committees to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
"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.
Members are encouraged to attend the information session on December 7 to find out more about the conciliation process.
New agreement avoids layoffs and contracting out.
Université Sainte-Anne looking for concessions in bargaining with NSGEU/NUPGE members.
"Douglas College support staff deserve a fair and reasonable wage increase in line with what support staff at other post secondary institutions have received," said Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“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?”
"Surely, this will send the message to the employer and the B.C. government that members are serious about getting a fair and reasonable agreement." - BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“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.
"I can’t understand why there would be no mention of these details when the Minister was face-to-face with the working people directly affected by this legislation,” said Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
BCGEU/NUPGE support staff members at BCIT picket again; vocational instructors take strike vote Monday.
“Douglas College support staff deserve a fair and reasonable deal,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“We are up against a very predatory employer who wants nothing more than to drive down further the low wages our members already earn,” said Florry Foster, OPSEU President, Local 137.
“Bill C-377 has nothing to do with taxation or tax policy, and everything to do with imposing costly burdens on unions and disclosing sensitive information to employers for strategic advantage.”
Members demonstrate demand for an equitable settlement by voting 89% in favour of strike action.
“Once again, health care workers have chosen OPSEU/NUPGE as the union that has the experience and innovation to best represent them in these changing times,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
This legislation gives the government the right to impose contracts, ban strikes and lock outs and circumvent the courts, the Human Rights Code and the province's own collective bargaining legislation.
Ontario community faculty members prepare for the next round of bargaining, intent on changing management's mind on a number of critical issues in the teaching and learning environment.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
This report is a critical review of the Saskatchewan government's Consultation Paper’s orientation, namely its lack of recognition of the role of labour rights in advancing democracy, equality and economic justice.
“The mere mention of OPSEU/NUPGE has moved the dynamics of our workplace in a positive direction,” said Doug Rook, Association President.
"College faculty have refused to allow the employer to disrupt the school year for hundreds of thousands of students," said college faculty bargaining Co-chair, Carolyn Gaunt.
Renewed contract for members at the Western Manitoba Regional Library provides improvements to working conditions and wages.
NSGEU members employed by Dalhousie University reach tentative agreement.
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."
“College faculty have put students first,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “OPSEU stands with college students across the province. We pledge to continue to ensure that the quality education Ontario’s students deserve is protected.”
“The Colleges have ignored faculty demands, asked for major concessions, and demanded a wage freeze. Their delays and refusal to budge on key issues have demonstrated ill-will from the start of negotiations.” Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Strike vote was taken over 2 days, August 20 and 21, 2012, after the employer served 72 hour lockout notice to the union.
“OPSEU is calling on this employer to wake up and see that their games and delays are unacceptable,” says OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
“Many of the changes suggested for consideration by the consultation paper are either directly antagonistic towards unions and workers’ rights and freedoms, or reflect a lack of knowledge about the democratic character of unions as organizations." Paul Champ, human rights lawyer and CFLR board member. Download CFLR report here.
Ontario college faculty members seek conciliation as bargaining reaches impasse.
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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.
“Some of the ideas being floated by the government will undermine unions' ability to represent their members, drive down wages and working conditions and will ultimately negatively impact t
“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.”
New video profiles the work of Ontario education assistants.
"Our members have done their part; the wage freeze we took likely saved Trent close to a million dollars. Now they want to claw back our pension. This is unacceptable." - OPSEU bargaining chair, Rose Dunford.
The intolerance that is often at the root of internal displacement and refugee flows is also present in some of the countries that refugees flee to. Instead of finding empathy and understanding, they are often met with mistrust or scorn.
Questionable process by the Saskatchewan Labour Board for SIAST certification vote.
National Union young workers from across Canada are meeting in Ottawa to strategize how to build a future with economic justice for all.
Stand up for democracy by joining the June 13 protest agains tthe Conservative's budget bill.
Over $210,000 was collected to support the workers who were killed or injured and their families in the Hampstead accident in February 2012.
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.”
Corporate greed more important to employers, as group at ILO refuse to discuss worker's rights violations
Employers have hijacked the process based on a misplaced ideological conviction that the right to strike, guaranteed under numerous laws, domestic constitutions and international instruments, poses a threat to corporate greed.
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.
"We look forward to seeing similar substantive increases for other pay levels in the upcoming round of bargaining," adds Steele.
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.
Union activists from across New Brunswick gathered for the Spring Training Session.
Robin Hood and his merry activists take to streets across from Parliament Building in support of the Robin Hood Tax. UPDATED
According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, Old Age Security is sustainable - despite what the Harper government is telling you.
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
"Wherever and whenever you need them, NAPE is there. Every day. For your day."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on Quebec Premier Jean Charest to defend public and accessible post-secondary education and negotiate in good faith w
Tentative agreement reached for members at Brandon University.
Seine River School Division support members of MGEU/NUPGE vote on a renewed collective agreement.
"We continue to believe that the Provincial Template Table is the best way to reach a coordinated, fair and reasonable agreement in the post secondary sector.” - BCGEU President, Darryl Walker.
“Our members have spoken clearly: no more zeroes for the 2012 round of bargaining.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Nova Scotia post-secondary education coalition seeks clarification on buried government report about NSCAD University
“The Hogg report is very detailed and offers a much more reasonable plan for creating a sustainable and independent NSCAD than is contained within the Windsor report, which is the report the government chose to make public.”
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NSGEU/NUPGE members at Dalhousie University vote to accept a deal that features a 3.5 per cent wage increase this year.
MGEU members ratified a new agreement on wages and working conditions.
Find out why bargaining has broken down at Dalhousie University during the NSGEU/NUPGE info picket tomorrow.
Ontario claims inspectors will be taking a "zero-tolerance" approach to any breach of Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
Members of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) employed by Dalhousie University are conducting strike votes.
Workers at colleges and institutes, including instructors and support staff, will meet for a two-day meeting in Ottawa.
“Mr. Drummond wants to take an axe to public services, ignore tax fairness, and actively kill jobs by taking money out of communities." Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President OPSEU/NUPGE
“We are ready to get to the bargaining table to negotiate collective agreements that reflect the value of the vital services our members provide to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.&
“Education is one of the most effective economic investments we can make in rural communities, but the B.C. government has failed to make post secondary education a priority,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
Students should have access to affordable education no matter where they live in Canada. But that is currently not the case!
"We’re prepared for any action we have to take to get our members the improved contracts they’ve earned,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“The zero mandate is affecting recruitment and retention of instruction staff, and needs to be addressed in 2012 bargaining.” BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
"Why are we being treated with less respect? Why does management refuse to sign an agreement with us that provides for the same processes as the academic bargaining unit?" asks Tracey Kurtenbach, SGEU bargaining committee chair.
“This is a positive first public sector agreement reached with the newly elected Dunderdale administration,” said Bert Blundon, NAPE Secretary Treasurer and chief negotiator.
New members from a range of sectors join OPSEU/NUPGE to improve working conditions.
“We look forward to meeting with Premier Wall to discuss issues that affect our members, many of whom are employed by the government of Saskatchewan,” said Bymoen.
Key items identified for 2012 bargaining by BCGEU/NUPGE members.
“Getting closer to a collective agreement for our members means we can continue to provide the quality education our young people deserve,” said Jim Steele, chair of the negotiation committee.
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.
“This has always been a ‘teach only’ campaign,” BCTF President Susan Lambert said. “Teachers are teaching, and students are learning. Throughout this job action, our members have been working 110% and more, as always.”
"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."
New research published by the Tax Justice Network shows that tax evasion costs governments around the world more than US$3.1 trillion annually.
Help push back B.C.'s antidemocratic legislation. Fight Bill 18!
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.
"This 30 year struggle shows that Canada needs to improve its pay equity laws to ensure this injustice never happens again. Women must be treated and compensated fairly in every workplace." - James Clancy, NUPGE President
Preparations are underway for the next round of negotiatons for Ontario's over 9,000 college academic staff.
"We need to work together to force them to put people before tax cuts and excessive corporate profits." - James Clancy, NUPGE President.
"This is good for all workers in Nova Scotia," says NSGEU President Joan Jessome. "Eighty per cent of Canadians already have labour legislation like this. Our workers deserve the same kind of supports."
Politics, more than the economy and technology, has a greater impact on rates of unionization.
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.
“We are not prepared to negotiate backwards." - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Electrical workers persecuted by Mexican government.
"This shows that when workers stand together, they can stop their employer from making unfair cuts to their pay and benefits." - Joan Jessome NSGEU President.
We are asking citizens who care about the future of SIAST to tell Sask Party candidates in their constituencies to let the parties get back together to finish the job." - Tracey Kurtenbach, chairperson of SGEU's SIAST Professional Services negotiating committee.
"It’s a great first step towards wage parity,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
“Mr. O’Leary’s wilful promotion of contempt and hatred towards unions reflects a viewpoint that has often ended in violence perpetrated against union members and leaders around the world.”
It is the role of a democratic government in a civil society to defend all human rights. Human rights cannot flourish where labour rights are not enforced.
“This strike vote is a clear signal to First Student and the Valley School Board that they’re no longer willing to be treated with such disrespect.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
The report recommends establishing clear and measurable national goals for each stage of learning as well as independent monitoring to assess Canada’s progress on meeting these goals.
“By the results of this vote our members have wholeheartedly said they approve the deal their negotiating team reached at the contract table,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
"We are prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve a fair deal for these dedicated women and men who are responsible for the safe transport of our children to and from school.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
We are pleased they were able to achieve many improvements the membership wanted to see.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Bargaining team said it is prepared to make moves on the substantive issues that management has identified.
Morning rally slowed traffic on Bay Street and attracted considerable media attention. Many morning newscasts on television and radio led with the demonstration.
“It’s really regrettable that management has slammed the door shut on the prospect that the two sides can get together and work out an agreement,” - Rod Bemister, OPSEU/NUPGE.
SGEU/NUPGE signed the mediation agreement drafted by mediator Tom Hodges.
“Let’s get back to mediation, so staff and students can get back into the classroom,” - SGEU/NUPGE President Bob Bymoen.
Striking college support staff ask management to return to the bargaining table and reach a fair settlement. The choice is theirs to make - sooner rather than later!
MGEU/NUPGE President Lois Wales responds to misleading editorial in Winnipeg Free Press.
School board announces that employees will see a 2.65% increase to pension contributions that will be effective Jan. 1, 2012.
Academic and Professional Services employees at SIAST walked off the job Tuesday, September 6, 2011 to back up their demand for a fair deal.
Both the SIAST Academic and Professional Services bargaining units are in a legal strike position and are willing to take job action to back their demand for a fair and equitable wage settlement.
All workers in the province will benefit from research findings and improved curriculum and education of occupational medicine.
School board threatens unilateral pension contribution rate increase of 53% in 2012.
“We are prepared to return to negotiations at any time but management must adopt a fresh approach.” - OPSEU bargaining chair, Rod Bemister.
“It’s in nobody’s interest that we give in to contract demands from management that will only harm the working conditions of future graduates.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“This fight isn’t just about us; it’s about our future and future employment for our students who attend college to gain good, full-time permanent jobs,” said Rod Bemister, bargaining unit chairperson.
Dalhousie University support staff ratify rollover agreement, averting a potential strike as students return for classes.
Health and education workers vote to join union.
“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.
“Contracts are not settled on the picket line – they’re settled at the bargaining table,” said Bemister. “Today’s result does not mean there will be a strike but it’s a wake-up call to management to get serious about bargaining.”
87.5% of votes cast in favour of job action.
"Continuing the spiral downward, the loss will in turn affect the overall economies in our struggling rural communities." - Joan Jessome, NSGEU president.
OPSEU college members to employer: We're here to bargain.
The Employer’s pension contribution proposal is the most damaging to members as it would reduce the take-home pay by more than five per cent.
“The government must take action to ensure that the basic rights of its employees are safeguarded, and that no one is penalized for trying to stop workplace harassment,” Sid Wonitowy, a member of SGEU’s Public Service Negotiating Committee, concludes.
Planning gets underway for public service fightback campaign in Ontario.
Members chanted as they marched, "Open the ballot boxes. Count those votes now!"
"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 pretense for the attacks is that state governments are broke and radical measures are required to eliminate budget deficits. This is a false argument.
All Together Now's letter-writing campaign builds support for tax fairness and quality public services
"We may be retired but we are huge in voter numbers so we are pleased to see how the efforts of NUPGE to reach out have been so successful. Grey power may not rule, but it sure does have an impact." Dave and Bonnie Scott, winners.
That's the question we want Canadians to think about.
“How can the government identify Children’s Aid as a source of savings at a time when programs for abused and neglected children need a major infusion of cash just to keep afloat?” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU president.
"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.”
Standing up against injustice and discrimination: March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
"In our workplaces, in our communities, and across this globe, we have a responsibility to stand up against injustice and discrimination." - James Clancy, national president, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
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)
"In Canada, we’re told that Wisconsin is a lesson for public sector unions. The public can no longer afford to pay for "cushy" salaries and benefits for public sector employees. We have to get with the times. What a complete crock." - NUPGE secretary-treasuer, Larry Brown
"Trust in public institutions and in the police are essential to a well - adjusted society. Police brutality affects us all: it is a betrayal of the rule of law as people bound to maintain the law abuse it. "- Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
Stable funding for Medicare, social programs and post-secondary education should not be sacrificed for today's corporate tax cuts.
On March 8th, as we take time to celebrate the achievements that women have made and their contributions to a better world, we must also renew our resolve to fight for a true and equitable society,” stresses James Clancy, president of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
Labour activists, students and Mr. Mugabe’s political rivals face brutal consequences for thinking.
“These members have worked hard for this agreement,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “Congratulations to the team for bringing home a good contract with a very difficult employer.”
'Educational assistants, librarians, financial clerks, administrative assistants, IT ... the work all our educational support staff members do affects students'
“We are very pleased to have been able to reach an agreement with the CCRSB in this climate,” says Joan Jessome, President of the NSGEU.
There's very little evidence these tax cuts will lead to more jobs. In fact, they come with no strings attached so companies that eliminate jobs are actually rewarded - James Clancy, NUPGE national president.
OPSEU president Smokey Thomas writes Premier Dalton McGuinty calling on action to count the ballots of part-time college workers who voted to unionize.
The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) will now be arranging times and locations for ratification meetings.
Television and newspaper ads challenge SIAST management and the provincial government to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract.
'We have received an overwhelming number of letters and e-mails from a cross-section of Canadian and overseas teachers.' - CTF.
'We are very pleased to have reached this agreement and to have reached it so quickly.' - Joan Jessome.
E-mail by Dr. Robert McCulloch criticized by SGEU and SIAST employees for meddling improperly with the collective bargaining process.
Employees fighting for fair contract at Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.
MGEU requesting a return to the bargaining table as soon as possible.
'SIAST and the provincial government which is directing these negotiations from behind the scenes refuses to move in a positive direction that would lead to an agreement.'
'Why inflict unnecessary anxiety and hardship on parents, teachers, staff and administrators who are already struggling to maintain present programs and services?'
Tim Hudak is misleading voters by pretending that an attack on public sector jobs and wages will deal with a financial mess that the financial sector has caused, says James Clancy, NUPGE's national president.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas will present a brief on behalf of 125,000 OPSEU members across Ontario.
'These results clearly call out for much more comprehensive support than the government has so far chosen to provide.' - Joan Jessome.
Unions representing health care professionals across Canada say a new and more reasonable regulation process is badly needed.
'The four-year deal includes a general wage increase of 2.75% in each of the last two years and a no lay-off clause.'
More than 2,000 instructors and professional services employees have been without a contract for the past 18 months.
'We want to know exactly what process the government is following with the boards before the 2011–12 budget is finalized.'
'A new online institute would be a costly addition to infrastructure that already exists and works.'
'The bargaining committee was cohesive and supportive throughout. We are pleased that we were able to achieve an agreement.' - Joan Jessome.
Employees represented by PEIUPSE cast ballots strongly in favor of settlement.
Dozens of events will be held across the province on Friday (Dec. 3) to fight back against the McGuinty government's plan to scapegoat public sector workers.
Ratification vote on pay increases and other negotiated contract improvements scheduled for Dec. 11. - Updated.
Employees with Tri-County Regional School Board to hold ratification vote on Dec. 8.
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.
'Needless to say, this had been a difficult bargaining climate.'
Province refuses to respond to international condemnation for denying part-time college workers the right to organize.
College negotiators in Saskatchewan want anti-labour government to pick arbitrator on long-running dispute.
'We are very pleased to reach a collective agreement that is acceptable to the membership of this new Local.' - Joan Jessome.
Administrators at nationally-known Nova Scotia university refusing to negotiate fair first contract with employees.
"I have nothing but admiration for the solidarity and toughness demonstrated by members.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU president. - Updated
4% offer over three years unacceptable to 2,000 SGEU members across Saskatchewan.
'I am pleased the employer recognized the need for a fair offer.' - Joan Jessome.
Proposed new agreement reached with the help of a provincially-appointed mediator.
'Polling has told us the public values the public services they receive.' - Joan Jessome.
STRIKE UPDATE: NSGEU/NUPGE members vote to ratify new deal
(November 1, 2010) The striking workers at Cape Breton University who have been on the picket line since October 25, 2010 vot
'The tentative contract failed to address the issues that matter most to our members which include respect and fairness in the workplace.'
'We deserve a fair wage increase.' - bargaining committee chairperson Tracey Kurtenbach.
'The bargaining team pushed the employer very hard and they understood our members weren’t going to buckle under.'
Province-wide information picket held to draw attention to concession demands by employer.
'A bit of progress was made on some issues, but not anywhere near the kind of movement we need to see.'
Canadian full-time students in undergraduate programs paid 4% more on average in tuition fees for the 2010-11 academic year than they did a year earlier.
'The toughest issues are still on the table.' - Tyler England.
Strike began in mid-August against Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Two-year deal ratified after 'a lot of hard work' by NSGEU negotiators who were constrained by a climate of 'ongoing program review' within the government.
'We’re all in this together...No self-respecting union would ratify the so-called deal your employer has put on the table' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Health Canada and World Health Organization believe technology is safe, says minister.
'These kids are getting sick at school but not at home.' - Rodney Palmer.
'It became more apparent that the employer didn’t appear to be interested in reaching a fair settlement.'
'Outstanding issues include overtime, workloads, job classification and sick leave.'
'The employer’s wage proposal is extremely offensive.'
'I know the members are most pleased that students will not have their studies interrupted.' - Peter Olfert.
'This gap in perception creates the potential for accidents in the workplace to occur.' - Conference Board of Canada.
'We look forward to working with the bargaining committee to negotiate a first collective agreement. - Darryl Walker.
Approximately 1,600 workers at Red River College and Assiniboine Community College can now set strike date if remaining bargaining sessions fail.
Information picket at Red River College protest bad faith bargaining.
Staff at Assiniboine Community College and Red River College have been without a contract for ten months. After 35 bargaining sessions, their employers have refused to negotiate any meaningful improvements to wages or health benefits.
MGEU files complaint with the Manitoba Labour Board while employees make plans to picket.
“A law that has no practical use is no law at all,” says NUPGE president James Clancy. “The amended CCBA technically allows part-time college workers in Ontario to unionize, but it’s been a complete failure in practice and these workers continue to have their rights denied.”
'This group has asked for nothing more than the template wage offer made to all others and to retain their current agreement.' - Carol Furlong.
Students, faculty and staff at the college refused to cross a picket line set up by striking workers.
'This vote is not an endorsement of the imposed terms and conditions or the employer’s last offer. Fear of a strike, according to most reports, was a key factor.'
Protecting quality and reversing privatization are the goals of new Ontario University Coalition
Ontario Public Service Employees Union says mail-in ballots remain to be counted over the next 10 days.
Date pushed back to accommodate Feb. 10 vote on a concession-laced management offer that the union is encouraging all faculty members to reject.
'We have a solution if the colleges are serious about addressing our issues.' - Ted Montgomery, chair of the OPSEU bargaining team.
Faculty members cast ballots across the province after management walked away from the bargaining table.
'The fact that scab labour is being used to carry out the work of persons with disabilities and their job coaches is almost unfathomable.' - Carol Furlong.
Government revenues can only be restored by creating good paying jobs that allow workers to pay taxes to the province, says OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Faculty members at Ontario's 24 community colleges taking strike vote on Jan. 13.
Province-wide strike vote will be held Jan. 13 after management walks away from bargaining table.
9,000 teachers at Ontario's 24 community colleges will hold strike vote on Jan. 13.
Underfunding and no-deficit policy at BC Institute of Technology means students and staff have fewer options.
Support staff at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish vote to join provincial public sector union.
'We tabled an offer that is affordable and which should have been acceptable. It is well within the range of other recent public sector agreements.' - Ted Montgomery.
“We are very pleased to welcome these new members at St. FX to the NSGEU/NUPGE. They will find a home here amongst our locals at other universities and colleges across the province” said NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
'Imposing a collective agreement is wrong, and it should stop now. If they want a strike, they will get a strike the likes of which they have never seen before.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
'No alternative but to go to our membership and seek a strike mandate.' - OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
'New York City invests twice as much per student in public education as Toronto.'
Chronic government underfunding has created a problem for Canadian post-secondary institutions and their students.
OPSEU seeking Ontario Labour Relations Board hearing as soon as possible to resolve the impasse.
A 2009 study shows that employers receive, on average, a benefit of $1.47 for every $1 invested in apprenticeship training, up 9 cents since the 2006 pilot study.
Presentation by Warren (Smokey) Thomas to Ontario's standing committee on justice policy.
The B.C. Liberal government has accepted federal apprenticeship dollars while burying the news that they've cut funds for the agency which oversees apprenticeships.
Undercover journalist reveals the extent of deception some private colleges practice.
The report confirmed what students have identified for years, that higher tuition fees are a barrier to access for students from low-income and middle-low income families.
Lone janitors cannot do all the extra bathroom and desk cleaning now being demanded of them.
10,000 part-timers at Ontario's 24 community colleges can opt for OPSEU as their voice at work.
The closure of two Academy of Learning campuses in Saskatchewan confirms that post-secondary education and training should not be left to the private sector.
The decision proved to be unpopular among parents and teachers and sparked a flurry of complaints to the ministry.
'I think making sure that the adequate resources and support are there to operate the classroom in an effective way is the top priority.' - Wayne MacKay.
Red River College receives $4.25M in funding for infrastructure projects
Workers at colleges and institutes, including instructors and support staff, met for a two-day meeting in Ottawa.
Bolstering funding to Community Colleges and Institutions is essential to full economic recovery and the building of a green economy.
'Basically, it’s a strategy to have the application (to unionize) dismissed without counting the vote.' - Connie Huziak
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) in the UK report that four in 10 teachers have faced verbal or physical aggression from a pupil's parents or guardian.
Clarification is important because the internet is now the biggest mode of communication that people have. A 2009 University of Toronto survey of more than 2000 students found 50 per cent had been bullied online.
Transferring operating funds to capital budget while projecting deficits and threatening cutbacks.
The union negotiating team recommending acceptance. Ratification votes will take place in the coming weeks.
Vote March 3-4 by more than 150 employees of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
'The colleges should quit wasting taxpayers’ money on a fight they’ve already lost.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) in 14 public sector bargaining units have voted to accept their tentative agreements.
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.
'There remains much work to be done in restoring public services in this province.' - Patty Rout
The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE) has launched a new campaign to promote the value of public services.
Royal Assent given to Bill 90, ending more than 35 years of discrimination
OPSEU recommending acceptance of deal that averted a province-wide strike
Ratification vote to be supervised by labour ministry
More than 7,000 support workers set to strike on Monday if no settlement is reached
OPSEU hopeful that strong strike mandate by workers will soften management approach
Walkout at 24 Ontario colleges could begin by Sept. 1 if no settlement is reached before then
More than 6,500 support staff at 24 Ontario community colleges have authorized a possible strike, turning down the college’s latest contract offer in a province-wide vote held July 10 and 16.
New Ontario bill eliminates provisions forbidding scabs during college strikes and lockouts
Union concerned by delay in report promised by the premier
Demanding immediate legislation to allow unionization at 24 Ontario campuses
OPSEU president accuses Premier Dalton McGuinty of breaking promise
Three year contract with annual increases of 2.9%
'There is no justification for excluding these employees from collective bargaining. Part-time employees should be immediately granted the right to unionize.'
Union stands firm despite enduring incredible pressure from management and the media
OPSEU demands crackdown against attempts by college managers to thwart unionization of part-timers
Based on extensive consultations with appropriate professionals across the province
Wage increases will take effect on signing and retroactive cheques will be issued in early April or May
'Good managers support our campaign.' - Roger Couvrette
12,500 part-time college workers invited to sign cards
Ontario will introduce legislation in 2008 following review by Kevin Whitaker
Saskatchewan study finds $8,000 a year advantage for journeymen
'The whole concept of the college is to raise the bar.'
Time for all Ontario political parties to end the prohibition on organizing
'Student assistants are recognized as an integral part of our children’s education.' - Carol Furlong
'We applaud the students who have come forward to expose these illegal charges.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas
The drive to organize part-time college faculty and support workers in Ontario
Update on the organizing campaign in the Ontario's 24 community colleges
College funding and resource management among areas still waiting to be addressed, OPSEU says
Major drive underway to organize 17,000 workers at 24 Ontario colleges
Hearing delays signing of new collective agreement
'I am appalled by the Harper government's lack of action on public post-secondary education issues.' - James Clancy
Major campaign underway at 24 college campuses across Ontario
Legislation outlawing unionization violates International Labour Organization standards
1,100 workers affected at campuses across Manitoba
Reaching a fair negotiated settlement without a disruption can no longer be guaranteed
'I am calling on the minister to take immediate action.' - Carol Furlong
Unethical to target young children with product associated with obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, tooth decay and other ailments, OPSEU says
'He was very well liked. He just had a way about him.'
Province accepts solution proposed by OPSEU; Most students will be back in class on Monday
'I want to thank you for standing up for quality education in this province.' - Larry Brown
Ontario college dispute 'clearly' not going to be settled by negotiation - James Clancy
'We need your help to send a message to the government and the administration. - Leah Casselman
OPSEU hopes management 'gets the message' from huge weekend rally
Colleges and universities free to boost rates by 5% average across the board
Management hardens demands as strike deadline arrives, driving two sides further apart
'53% more full-time students, 22% fewer full-time faculty.'
Support staff at Ontario's 24 community colleges ratified a new collective agreement today, averting a strike by more than 6,000 members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
Vocational instructors at Okanagan College have voted in favour of accepting a new three-year contract that provides for a wage increase and other measures that allow instructors to convert seldom-used benefits into a commensurate pay increase.
The BCGEU announced today that Okanagan University College will join rotating strike action, with picket lines being set up at campuses on Tuesday to support the union’s attempt to negotiate a fair settlement for its members.
Unionized support staff at eight campuses of Northern Lights College in communities spread across northeastern B.C. have voted 90 per cent in favour of strike action to back up demands for a fair contract settlement.
All workers in England who do not have basic qualifications or skills will be offered extra training, the Chancellor has announced. He announced that a pilot scheme to encourage firms to release staff for training was to be extended nationally.
A new study commissioned by college and university students, faculty and staff addresses key funding, student assistance and accessibility issues under consideration by the PSE Review led by former Premier Bob Rae.
About 130 members of the BCGEU will be holding a strike vote this week after contract talks covering support staff who work at the eight campuses of Northern Lights College throughout northern B.C. broke down last Friday in Fort St. John.
Professors at 18 CEGEPs, including Vanier and Dawson, are off the job for the morning of Thursday, November 25, 2004 to protest the Charest government's plan to overhaul CEGEPs.
One would expect a government led by the NDP to invest in education – whether it is in early childhood or K-S4 or Post-Secondary. In many areas, this government has taken positive steps forward.
OPSEU members from the College Academic, College Support and Universities Sectors met with Bob Rae to present a submission on the future of post-secondary funding and quality. Read OPSEU president Leah Casselman's remarks.
The fourth week of bargaining to renew the Common Agreement for more than 6,600 post-secondary educators and employers in B.C. focused on educational technology, international education, health and welfare benefits and leaves.
Newfoundland and Labrador is in the midst of a consultation process on its public post-secondary education system. The government has retained a commissioner and staff to conduct consultations, review submissions, and prepare recommendations.
After negotiations for a new contract broke down about 620 support staff at the B.C. Institute of Technology in Burnaby will be taking a strike vote to press their demands for fair treatment from the Campbell government.Workers to hold strike vote.
Some 370 Douglas College support staff workers will be taking a strike vote after negotiations for a new contract broke down this afternoon. Negotiations broke down over fair wage increase. Some 370 Douglas College support staff workers will be taking a strike vote after negotiations for a new contract broke down this afternoon.
Updates on: Keewatin Community College; St. Boniface College Professors; St. Boniface College Support; and, St. Boniface College Teachers.
Support Staff with Saint Mary’s University (SMU) in Halifax voted 90% in favour of accepting a new contract. The 163 members of NSGEU/NUPGE Local 79 work in clerical, secretarial, technical, and library operational support roles.
Ontario (July 2004) - An arbitration award has decided that all the terms and conditions of our collective agreement apply to 'persons employed temporarily during the College vacation periods.'
Unions and employers in the colleges, university colleges and institutes exchanged proposals during a bargaining session to renew the Common Agreement. Following the initial exchange, the parties have agreed to finalize the scope of common table negotiations by June 21st.
Operational Support Staff with Saint Mary's University in Halifax have voted 92% in favour of strike action. The 163 members of NSGEU Local 79 work in clerical, secretarial, technical, and library operational support roles.
The BCGEU continues to raise questions about the process and financial wisdom behind the Campbell government’s decision to move the B.C. Open University, currently headquartered in Burnaby, to new facilities yet to be built in Kamloops.
NBPEA 2nd Vice President Victor Stanton's presentation to New Brunswick's 'pre-budget consultations' held by Finance Minister Volpé.
Members of the BCGEU and College Institute Educators’ Association (CIEA) college and institute bargaining teams met on February 7, 2004 in Vancouver to set their priorities for bargaining.