“This decision by the provincial government will have a profound negative impact on clients requiring home care as well as their families and health care in general.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
Our health care system depends on a wide range of skilled and dedicated workers.
These health care workers deliver services that not only help care for you when you are ill but can prevent problems from developing and do much to enhance your overall
health and well-being.
Many of these health care workers are offering new, cutting edge services. They work in traditional hospital and health care settings, or in community- based programs. Some work with the elderly or people with mental health needs.
All work to provide a comprehensive and quality public health service to you and your family.
Policy grievance filed regarding the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Oak Bay Lodge and the Lodge at Broadmead
BCGEU/NUPGE continues to press to protect the rights and benefits for psychiatric nursing members.
Elephanttalk.ca is intended to start the conversation for Manitobans to share their concerns and their stories about public services in Manitoba.
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.
Care about ambulance service in the Frontenac area? Find out more about reduced service.
Workers prepare to strike at Canadian Blood Services in Manitoba.
For the 2013 Nursing Week the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) has released a report on the working conditions and opinions of many of the provinces' nurses.
“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.
Nursing members: Be sure your contact information is on file to participate.
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.
NBU/NUPGE working to obtain details regarding layoffs at Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network.
“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.”
"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.
“MGEU paramedics were proactive in bringing forward their ideas for building a better system in Manitoba that improves patient care and is responsive to paramedics’ needs,” said Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President.
Members negotiate wage and other working condition improvements in tentative agreement.
“We’re pleased to continue with our power stretcher pilot in partnership with the City of Winnipeg, to find better ways to keep paramedics safe and healthy on the job.” - Theresa Oswald, Manitoba Minister of Health.
Improvements to working conditions ratified in first contract by mental health workers.
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.
Members prepare for strike vote as IWK Health Centre refuses to negotiate on par with terms reached at Capital Health District Authority.
"It's like a one-two punch – no prior warning, no consultation, just one more senseless act by a government in the dying days of its mandate." - Darryl Walker, BCGEU 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.
"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.
Bargaining team recommends acceptance of the tentative agreement, which includes a 9.5 per cent wage increase over five years.
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.
B.C. Liberals ignore consultation to bring in legislation that will jeopardize labour relations stability
Take action: send a message to B.C.'s Health Minister here
"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 B.C. Liberal government’s failure to consult with the affected unions is undemocratic and an affront to workers’ representational rights,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “This legislative session is almost over and they’ve tabled this bill at the last minute.”
“The inability for on-call paramedics to immediately respond to an emergency situation could have devastating and tragic results." - Carol Furlong.
“At their minimum, strong, equitable and accountable social programs are society’s strongest security against crime and exploitation of others,” states Dr. Carolyn Campbell, Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) President.
Bargaining committee recommends acceptance of new agreement.
Take Action: Show the BC Government that Community Social Services matter to you!
Research has shown that women shift workers exposed to light at night are at increased risk for breast cancer.
"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.
Ready, set, record!
Members hope strike vote brings employer back to barganing table.
Missed what happened in Sudbury on January 8 during the All Together Now! campaign's townhall meeting? Watch the online videos to find out.
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.”
The tentative agreement covers more than 17,000 health science professionals who deliver health care services in B.C. hospitals and communities.
"This new collective agreement offers strong wage improvements and some important new language to ensure progress is made with key issues in the workplace." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
More specialized health care positions needed to ensure access to health care.
"Albertans have made it clear time after time that they favour a fairer tax system over a failing health-care system,” says Ballermann.
"Creosote is a carcinogen. Research indicates that there is no such thing as a safe level of a carcinogen.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
Members disappointed employer refused to negotiate the long service increment other health workers received in their last round of bargaining.
LifeLabs announced its intention to purchase BC Biomedical Labs, costing hundreds of millions of dollars yet continues to demand concessions from employees.
Negotiations have been ongoing for eight months without a resolution. BCGEU/NUPGE members will be in a legal position to strike at 6 a.m. on January 21.
"We're hearing that it will be weeks, and possibly months, before people are aware of whether they are in harm's way or not. The stress level for the staff is very high.”
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.
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."
“Today’s announcement is obviously good news for City paramedics, who are struggling with high call volumes and offload delays at Winnipeg hospitals,” said Chris Broughton, President of Paramedics of Winnipeg, MGEU Local 911.
Closure of Kelowna’s Crossroads Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centre would leave Okanagan residents without any substance abuse treatment services outside of a hospital setting.
Along with Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Social Impact Bonds are a bit like money laundering because they allow politicians to hide debt.
Negotiations conclude; bargaining committee recommends acceptance.
Meetings with members will be set shortly to determine how to proceed.
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.
“Despite a difficult round of bargaining, we have been able to negotiate a collective agreement that brings job security for health care workers,” said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU Treasurer.
“Membership solidarity gave us the strength to reach a deal that shows proper respect for the important services these workers provide.”
“We are pleased to have a new three year collective agreement for the members, who provide laundry services for Capital Health, IWK, South Shore and Colchester regional hospitals,” says Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
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.
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.
Health science professionals call off job action; membership meetings planned as government tries to provoke more strike action
“We have been at the table for nine months trying to work with health employers to find solutions to the crisis in recruitment and retention that’s hurting the system’s ability to deliver the quality health care British Columbians deserve.” - Reid Johnson, HSABC President.
“The principle of wage parity is very important to the membership who works alongside other Capital Health employees doing the exact same job.”
Tentative agreement reached with Shoppers Drug Mart on the heels of the announcement the company will not renew its contract with Alberta Health Services.
"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.
"The message this legislation sends to motorists is a positive and necessary one: give us room to work and do your part to ensure that health and safety is the first priority on our roads and highways." - Wayne Chacun, MGEU/NUPGE paramedic.
Information sessions will be held in early January 2013 to review the content of the employer's final offer.
NAPE/NUPGE welcomes twenty-seventh group of home care workers to the union.
Two important events may shape the future of Medicare: the expiration of the Health Accord in 2014 and the federal election in 2015.
Health science professionals delay job action by one day – pharmacists to be reduced December 6.
LPNs have input on new regulations governing duties.
Lifelabs looking for concessions, even in mediation.
Employer argued for wage freeze; Arbitration Board disagreed saying it "would create unfair disparity."
Two-year proposed settlement reached after nine months of difficult negotiations.
In response, Unions representing health science professionals issue 72 hours strike notice. But no job action is being planned at this time.
College of Licensed Practical Nurses verifies that there has been a significant increase in the responsibilities of LPNs in their professional role within province's health care system.
“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.
"Our bargaining team has proposed reasonable improvements that will help keep these highly specialized health science professionals from going to other provinces to work,” Reid Johnson, HSABC President said.
“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.
"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.
Employees at Calgary outpatient pharmacies warn public care levels being undermined
Management, staff and community pulls together to handle hospital evacuation in Labrador City.
Harper government giving into European drug patent demands during free trade negotiations. Move could raise drug prices in Canada by as much as $1 billion.
Union representatives tell senior CBS executives that their organization is inconsistent in the way it handles labour relations, creating frustrations among staff and inefficiencies for the employer.
Join striking community health workers in the first series of strike action on November 7 in downtown Vancouver.
Those facing mental health issues need more support, not less.
Congratulations fo Yvonne Lewis and Norma Gunn for being recognized by the Durham Labour Council for their work at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.
Hospital, long-term care and emergency health services workers vote 96 per cent in favour of strike action
“It’s clear that government and public sector employers can settle agreements in some sectors within government’s overall negotiating mandate,” says Walker. “I’ll be urging health employers to return to the table with a more flexible approach to our talks.”
“Over 14,000 community health and support workers have been waiting for a deal since January. This is simply not good enough; our members deserve a fair deal.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“After seven months at the bargaining table the employer was unable to respond to our framework agreement, and had nothing to table in response. Our members have been patient, but that patience has run out." - Reid Johnson, HSABC President.
"We are satisfied we have put together a fair and reasonable collective agreement package that government must accept,” said HSABC President Reid Johnson.
“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.”
Workers at the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities reach new agreement with wage and benefit gains.
LifeLabs is looking for major concessions at the bargaining table. A strong strike mandate is needed to show solidarity and determination to reach a fair deal.
“Going forward, the SCA needs to clarify its vision for its employees and adopt a third-party mediation/arbitration process to ensure that the next round of bargaining is more effective.” - SGEU President Bob Bymoen.
NAPE’s concerns regarding the Protective Community Residence in Lewisporte is a prime example of the negative impact that cuts are having on our province’s healthcare system.
Union argues that the policy not only breaches the collective agreement but also violates members’ privacy rights, and rights guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“It is time for government and health employers to engage in meaningful bargaining” - BCGEU/NUPGE President Darryl Walker.
“With our aging population and the demands being placed on our healthcare system today, these individuals are truly unsung heroes” - MGEU/NUPGE President Lois Wales.
“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.
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 members at Francis Memorial Hospital have achieved wage and benefit parity with all other HPD members, under terms of the central agreement.
"The HSPBA believes it is possible to get to a deal that does not erode benefits, and will take that message to the table,” said Jeanne Meyers, HSABA lead negotiator.
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.
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.
On October 3, OPSEU/NUPGE members voted on tentative agreement that will see wage and benefit improvements in 2013.
Members concerns addressed in tentative agreement for B.C. nurses.
“This is a very significant and important decision. It means that employers cannot just pick and choose what part of the agreement they like." - Jeanne Meyer, HSABC/NUPGE.
Conciliation talks to begin to resolve bargaining impasse.
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.
After almost three years, SGEU/NUPGE has reached a tentative agreement with Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
MGEU/NUPGE honoured by Paramedic Association of Manitoba.
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.
First agreement brings improvements to wages and working conditions for home care workers.
“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.
BC brings concessionary demands to health science professionals bargaining table as province considers wage freezes
As two sides meet the government raises specter of debt and deficit reduction.
“Is this the message management truly wants to send to staff about their working relationship?" - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“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.
Agreement ratified averting strike action at Ivany Place.
“More and more mental health care workers are realizing that OPSEU/NUPGE is the best choice for mental health care professionals." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Home care workers continue to make NAPE/NUPGE as their union of choice.
Health science professionals in B.C. submit comprehensive proposals but signs suggest talks grinding to a halt
“We tabled a comprehensive package of proposals for changes to the collective agreement that would address a number of issues affecting our members.” - Jeanne Meyers, HSPBA negotiator
This Labour Day in 2012, NUPGE celebrates the legacy of those who came before us and we commit to continue the fight for fairness.
Arbitration decision to be handed down in November 2012.
"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."
Negotiations resume for NSGEU/NUPGE members at Northwood's Ivany House as strike countdown continues.
“This incident should set alarms ringing for officials at Manitoba Health, and at regional health authorities across Manitoba, about what we’re putting our medics through and what changes need to be made.” - Lois Wales, MGEU President.
New contract reached for NSGEU/NUPGE at Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres.
As in previous years, Health Sciences Association of British Columbia encourages health care workers who work in patient care areas to be vaccinated annually against influenza.
Conciliation talks unable to reach agreement.
Governments have a role to play in ensuring citizens live healthy lives.
“There is a lot of work ahead and the employer should understand that the membership is determined to see them live up to this agreement and the process it outlines.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Health workers looking for more movement from employers when bargaining resumes.
MGEU/NUPGE is touring the province to solicit ideas and feedback from EMS members on what the union will eventually present to the EMS Review committee, a meeting tentatively scheduled for the end of August.
NSGEU has served 48-hour notice to strike and is readying to commence strike action on Monday, Aug. 13 at 7am should there be no progress in negotiations over the weekend.
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.
“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.
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NSGEU/NUPGE members to vote on final offer; bargaining committee recommends rejection.
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.
BCGEU/NUPGE thanks the community for its strong support of the workers during the lockout.
“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
Mediation begins in October 2012 for HSAA/NUPGE members employed by Carewest.
First collective ratified for new MGEU/NUPGE health care members.
HSAA/NUPGE members at Calgary Laboratory Services accept renewed collective agreement.
Renewed agreement brings improvements to working conditions and wages.
"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&
Health Care Heroes: They don't have super-powers, but they share the power of caring.
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Network see proposed changes to the Health Services and Insurance Act as significant step forward.
In bargaining since 2011, HSAA/NUPGE members look to mediator for assistance.
Eight-nine per cent of the ballots cast were in favour of a strike.
Mediation hopes to resolve impasse between BCGEU/NUPGE members at Pine Acres and the employer, Westbank First Nation.
Employer seeks massive concessions and jeopardizes seniors’ care.
Hopefully, the result of this vote will help the employer realize we are miles apart on what the parties see as a fair offer," says Trent Edwards, SGEU negotiating committee co-chair.
“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.”
Improvements included in tentative agreement with Calgary Laboratory Services.
NSGEU/NUPGE members at VON improve working conditions in new agreements.
“It’s a half-hour drive from Chilliwack to the hospital in Abbotsford.
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.
Bargaining continues for HSAA/NUPGE members employed by Canadian Blood Services.
Bargaining for 1300 health care workers stalls in PEI.
“Our members are the second-lowest paid CMHA employees in the province,” said Tischa Forster, OPSEU Local President. “The employer’s offer doesn’t come close to the industry norms for mental health professionals performing this work.”
Arbitrator awards 7.5 per cent increase over three years to Capital Health health care employees in NSGEU/NUPGE (Local 42); reaffirms principle of leading acute-care wages at CDHA.
Workers approve contract at three health authorities in Nova Scotia.
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.
Essential services protocol finalized in B.C. but negotiations continue for government workers.
Members to vote on tentative agreement at CapitalCare.
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.
“We are glad to get this one behind us and we are getting right back into the next round of negotiations.”
NAPE/NUPGE members demonstrate against cuts at Eastern Health.
Closing Thistletown is like closing Sick Kids’ Hospital and sending patients to community clinics.
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.
"These workers should not be tossed aside in a drive to reduce costs and increase profits.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
NSGEU/NUPGE members working for VON reach a tentative agreement with the employer.
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.
The union is concerned a provincial Commission will recommend combining ODSP with Ontario Works in its final report in June.
Robin Hood and his merry activists take to streets across from Parliament Building in support of the Robin Hood Tax. UPDATED
Home support workers on the verge of strike over issues such as hours of work, travel, wages and benefits.
According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, Old Age Security is sustainable - despite what the Harper government is telling you.
“This week is a special time to recognize the life-saving work of the province’s emergency medical services professionals,” stated Furlong
Facilities (health) talks resume this week: employers slow to disclose data essential to making progress on key issues
"We are committed to achieving binding arbitration, where outstanding issues are settled by an independent third party." - Trent Edwards, SGEU bargaining committee co-chair.
Bargaining for PEI health care workers moves forward.
"Wherever and whenever you need them, NAPE is there. Every day. For your day."
First contract provides improvements to working conditions and wages.
130 health care workers to be laid off at Spring Valley care home
"Licensed and registered practical nurses play an important role in keeping our health care system running effectively and ensure patients receive care with dignity and respect," says James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“This award reflects the value of our front-line health care members, and recognizes the importance of the work they do,” Thomas said.
Federal and provincial governments are called on to dedicate nine per cent of their health spending for mental health, representing a significant increase from the current average of about seven pe
NAPE/NUPGE certified to represent home care workers with Exploits Homecare Agenc.
Bargaining resumes at the end of May for community health workers in B.C.
“Instead of recognizing the value of this important work, the employer wants to slash what few benefits these workers have." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Conciliation talks are scheduled for May for NSGEU members employed by VON.
“After a long period of negotiations, the employer is still unwilling to offer any improvements in any areas of the contract,” says Debra Critchley, BCGEU staff representative.
Slow progress is being made in bargaining for health science professionals in B.C.
"It seems like an easy choice to us. We're choosing care and commitment instead of conflict," says Edwards.
Workers prepare for strike vote after negotiations are unsuccessful.
During April, the Not Myself Today campaign intends to mobilize all Canadians in a movement to transform the way we think about, act towards and support mental health.
NSGEU/NUPGE health care workers employed by the Capital District Health Authority could be on strike April 25.
Pace of bargaining has picked up for members covered under the Facilities Bargaining Association in B.C.
While most non-monetary proposals have been tabled, monetary issues have yet to be discussed.
NSGEU/NUPGE health care workers show support for bargaining demands at information picket on April 4.
First contract reached for MGEU/NUPGE WRHA interpreters.
While B.C. health authorities continue to eliminate services, film highlights value of music therapy
“Music therapy is one of the therapies that is the first to go when health authorities look for cost savings,” said HSABC President Reid Johnson.
“This is the first sign we’ve seen that HEABC has been given the green light to be at the bargaining table to negotiate,” Johnson said.
Research indicates that lack of access to timely and appropriate mental health services is a fundamental part of the problem.
NSGEU/NUPGE members employed by District Health Authorities go into conciliation to achieve improved working conditions.
"We are in a challenging bargaining climate, and we are in for a difficult round of negotiations,” Meyers said.
Health-care professionals held information pickets across Alberta on Wednesday to protest contract cuts and rollbacks.
Health science professionals begin negotiations for a new collective agreement next week.
“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
National Union urges Ministers of Health to take strong action to build and expand upon a national publicly funded and delivered mental health system.
"It’s difficult to hear the health CEOs crying poor when they can afford to spend millions on consultants.
“It’s important that health employers recognize the sacrifices that workers have had to make in previous rounds of bargaining and that we reach a fair deal that compensates these loss
“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.&
Student bursary up for grabs with new mental health division logo design contest!
“Over the last two years, our members have suffered a real wage cut of five per cent. What we need this time around is a fair and reasonable agreement for our members that takes into consideration the sacrifices that they had to make in 2010 bargaining,” said Walker.
“HSABC/NUPGE has advocated for us as specialized health care providers, fought hard to expand our job opportunities and for the application of psychiatric nursing in the health field."
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.
Bargaining continues for HSAA/NUPGE members employed by Carewest.
“We are hoping the employers and the government realize the seriousness of the situation and put forward their best possible offer – one that we will be able to recommend to the membership.”
"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.
OPSEU workers at Humber River Regional Hospital reach arbitrated award
HSAA EMS members negotiate new working conditions.
"Once again, the Harper government has shown that it prefers to dictate rather than negotiate," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President. "Their unilateral decision to cutback billions of dollars in health transfer payments will have serious negative consequences in terms of the accessibility and quality of health care across the country."
“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.
Delay in redesign of allied professional leadership structure a welcome for HSABC health professionals
HSABC/NUPGE pleased with redesign postponement.
“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.
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.
"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.
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.
Health Sciences Association of BC says, 2012 bargaining about respect and regaining BC’s competitive edge
“HSABC/NUPGE members served notice at the beginning of this year that continuing to fall behind our counterparts in other provinces is not an option." - Reid Johnson, HSABC President.
As Canada’s Ministers of Health prepare to meet in Halifax a new Nanos poll finds nearly 90% of Canadians want to see the Harper government invest more in health care with a focus on the recruitment of health care professionals.
"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
"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 Health Employer's Association of British Columbia's (HEABC) refusal to live up to the bargained classifications commitment contravenes the collective agreement, charges the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA).
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.
Contract ratified as strike averted for members at Westman Lab.
OPSEU/NUPGE members look to conciliator to assist in reaching a settlement.
Climate impacts like floods, heat waves, damaging storms and diseases like West Nile Virus have recently been shown to have a huge health care cost.
“We want to be recognized for the hard work we do in the community and the service we provide to our clients.” - Cathy Boudens, Local President.
"These cuts are being directed by senior management who seem to be oblivious to the needs at the bedside of patients and residents. It is a sad commentary on our health care system," Carol Furlong, NAPE President stated.
The lawmakers proposal follows a similar measure being discussed by the European Union (EU).
“It follows that over a three-year term recognition can be given to the historical placement of these nurses relative to their counterparts in Atlantic Canada and in the rest of Canada.” - Kevin Burkett, arbitrator.
“Chief among these issues for Westman Lab employees has been workload, and the extent of the problem has been underlined by the essential services decision brought down by the arbitrator,” Wales said.
Health care members set bargaining agenda.
Workers oppose government-imposed wage freeze for non-union workers by joining OPSEU/NUPGE.
MGEU ranks continue to grow.
“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.
"Violence is not part of our members' jobs. They have the right to go to work without fear of being punched, stabbed, kicked or spit on. And their employer has a legal obligation to ensure their workplace is safe."
Health care workers at Capital District Health Authority reach tentative agreements.
“People shouldn't have to suffer in silence. Our country is seriously lacking the support systems and services needed to help people with mental health problems," James Clancy, National President, NUPGE.
"During its eight years of operation, Insite has been proven to save lives with no discernible negative impact on the public safety and health objectives of Canada.” - Supreme Court of Canada
We are concerned that Ernst & Young will recommend cost-saving measures like contracting out that will hurt health care delivery to Nova Scotians. Once a public service is gone, it is difficult if not impossible to get back.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
"We have trouble understanding why government would not agree to a proposal that puts the needs of cancer patients first." - Kenton Emery, SGEU agreement administration advisor.
Strike vote illustrates workers' support for bargaining demands to address retention and recruitment issues.
Key finding of 2008 Lost in Transition report that a lack of capacity in the mental health system is failing Vancouver's mentally ill and draining police resources remains true.
Home care workers in St. John's negotiate improvements to working conditions and benefits in first collective agreement.
"We will not allow the employer to run roughshod over union members’ jobs and right to representation." - Jeanne Meyers, HSABC/NUPGE.
“We are hopeful that the offer we presented to the employer will result in a tentative collective agreement,” said Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
MGEU/NUPGE members ratify three new collective agreements.
“I applaud Deb Mathews for announcing that her ministry will put divestment on hold to give time for a full review of its controversial decision and to allow all stakeholders, including patients and their advocates, an opportunity to make their views known,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“As health professionals LPNs are an integral part of the health care team. The inability to recruit and retain LPNs will have a major impact on our health care system.” - Carol Furlong, president NAPE/NUPGE.
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.
“Timely budget approval means very little if patient care is adversely affected. Hidden budget cuts are still cuts, and still unacceptable. - Joan Jessome, NSGEU president.
NSGEU/NUPGE goes to bat for employees after payroll problems.
“Instead of addressing the issue of low wages and insecure employment, it appears that PC leader Tim Hudak is threatening to make the situation much worse.” - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
“It is clear that the issue of fair compensation is very important to registered nurses at the CDHA,” says Joan Jessome, NSGEU president.
IWK health care employees will vote on the new agreement from June 27 until June 30.
SGEU/NUPGE members pressure employer to negotiate a fair collective agreement.
Cancer Agency workers fight for improved wages and benefits.
News that the Manitoba government is creating a mental health court in 2011 is being greeted as a small step forward by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
“This strike vote comes at a time of deepening crisis in community social services,” says James Cavalluzzo, bargaining association chair.
NSGEU, CDHA discussing emergency services in event of walkout.
“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.
“Our frustration is not with the Cancer Agency; it’s with Premier Brad Wall who publicly refuses to consider the option of binding arbitration," Bob Bymoen, SGEU 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.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports cost of elder care could triple in next forty years.
“LPNs in this province have been required to expand their education and scope of practise. Yet there is no tangible recognition by government for their additional duties, greater responsibilities, and increased potential for liability.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE president
“With this decision, the Alberta labour board has relegated these important emergency health-care professionals to secondary status." - Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE).
NSGEU members encourage to vote against employer offer.
"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."
“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.”
Grievance settlement a victory for BCGEU/NUPGE home support service workers.
“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.
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.
“Our union has the expertise and experience needed when dealing with difficult employers. We are, by far, the best union to deal with the VON on issues affecting community health professionals.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president, OPSEU
"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.
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 members have spoken loud and clear that the employer’s offer is simply not good enough,” says Joan Jessome.
"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)
NUPGE President James Clancy criticized the Harper government for sending a review of the 2004 Health Accord to the unelected Senate rather than allowing elected Members of Parliament to conduct public hearings.
"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).
Our members are already facing stretched workloads trying to deal with patients having greater health needs than ever before,” said Jessome. “No additional funding will make the situation in our health facilities even worse, especially in light of rising costs and the aging population.”
Alberta government squanders "rainy day funds" instead of forcing oil companies to pay their fair share
“Once upon a time, Albertans were looking at a $17B-plus Sustainability Fund, which will almost be depleted with this budget, thanks to a government that seemingly values oil and gas companies more than its citizens,” said HSAA President Elisabeth Ballermann.
Bargaining committee recommends approval of tentative settlement.
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.
Study highlights concerns raised by NUPGE that big pharmaceutical companies were lobbying governments for proposals that would drive up profits and health care costs.
The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) will now be arranging times and locations for ratification meetings.
WorkSafeBC has issued nine separate orders at two Victoria-area mental health facilities criticizing the failure of Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) to protect the safety of staff.
Sending ballots out to more than 3,000 members asking them to back a walkout if necessary.
'While there is no guarantee that the service will not still close, at least there is now an opportunity to rationally look at these services.'
'I didn’t even know most of the professions existed. But these people – amazing people – gave me my life back.'
'Two-thirds of new residential-care beds built in Ontario since 1998 have been in for-profit homes."
'The government stands by as mental health programs are being eliminated across this province.' - OPSEU.
'No substantive agreement on any issue ... the union will be filing for conciliation shortly.'
Union representing health science professionals across British Columbia urges members to vote in favour.
Workers leaving sector in droves because of unstable work environment.
MGEU requesting a return to the bargaining table as soon as possible.
'All we’re looking for at the moment is for management to agree to some time lines where we can discuss the labour adjustment plan.'
'Once again our members have told this association that they prefer to deal with a professional, member-driven union.'
Province already facing shortage of doctors, nurses and health care practitioners, says medical society.
'It’s getting harder and harder to believe the Ontario government is serious about improving mental health 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.
Dr. Gabrielle Ledger says adolescent program is 30 years out of date.
Unions representing health care professionals across Canada say a new and more reasonable regulation process is badly needed.
Controversial vice-president on the way out after concerns raised by union.
Information going out this month to members across British Columbia in advance of ratification voting to take place in late January and early February.
'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.'
'Rather than waste time on discussions that were clearly going nowhere.'
Memorandum negotiated by OPSEU amounts to substantial victory for members of Local 505.
Key goal is to address recruitment and retention issues and how best to address these challenges.
Ranks a dismal 17th in the material well-being of children among OECD countries.
'We demand that our public health care system be protected and not secretly dismantled by the Stelmach government.'
'The bargaining association is satisfied that there is forward momentum in negotiations.'
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.
Proposed settlement contains significant wage increases and other gains for Vancouver Island employees.
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.
'Needless to say, this had been a difficult bargaining climate.'
'More than one-third of individuals in custody in Ontario suffer from some sort of mental illness.'
'The employer has indicated that the staffing level for this group of employees is low.' - HSAA/NUPGE.
'This is a great opportunity to voice your support for Medicare and send a message about the kind of health care system you want!'
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!'
14 young people have taken their lives in the Sarnia area alone this year.
HSPBA condemns bargaining tactics by employer - 'an insult to members.'
"Dwight Duncan is cutting almost $5 billion in corporate taxes in the next three years despite Ontario having one of the lowest tax rates in the industrialized world." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
'This plan needs to go farther and set more ambitious targets with clear and transparent measures for accountability and oversight.' - Darryl Walker.
Situation so bad in Alberta that some patients are dialing 9-1-1 while they wait in emergency for treatment.
'Polling has told us the public values the public services they receive.' - Joan Jessome.
Despite an aging population, Canadian health care costs are not growing as fast as they used to, according to a new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
Union alleges discrimination, intimidation and targeting of union activists by operator formerly known as Ontario Air Ambulance.
'It's not good for them, it's not good for the community, it's not good for the justice system and it's not good for the health system.' - Justice Minister Alison Redford of Alberta.
Legal opinion commissioned by Alberta Federation of Labour says proposed changes are "not consistent with a democratic society."
Motion adopted unanimously asks province to reverse decision on program killed in July at VGH.
'He doesn't remember any of the family now. He doesn't know my mom.'
HSABC working to assist members affected through labour adjustment plan.
'Your bargaining committee feels this remains a very challenging set of negotiations and there is a considerable amount of work still ahead.'
Consolidation of diagnostic imaging services throughout Lower Mainland of B.C.
Members gather from across the province to set priorities for the next round of collective bargaining.
9.5% in wage increases over four years but frustrations with SAHO remain.
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.
'We haven’t received a wage increase in eight years and we’re fed up.' - Laura Webster.
'There will be a less safe environment in Canadian penitentiaries.' - Howard Sapers.
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.
'A bit of progress was made on some issues, but not anywhere near the kind of movement we need to see.'
SEIU case sets precedent for long queue of similar cases pending across Ontario.
Employees fighting freeze say money saved in wages would be scooped up by long-term care executives and private shareholders.
Canadian Health Coalition says ‘affordability’ no longer an excuse for inaction.
'It is crucial that businesses make mental health and well-being a priority to prevent disability in the first place.'
Labour organizations gathering at 10 a.m. at Health Resource Centre.
'Laid-off workers have not received their severance entitlements despite an employment standards regulation requiring the employer to pay out all wages within 48 hours.' - BCGEU.
Saskatchewan Party government eroding public health care system, say critics.
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.
Cases have so far turned up in three Canadian provinces.
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.
Trained health professionals standing by to provide CT scanning, x-ray, ultrasound, laboratory technology and pharmacy services.
'The genie is out of the bottle and no matter how hard he tries the premier won’t ever get it back in.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Niagara-Haldimand-Brant LHIN held meetings 'that were clearly illegal,' says André Marin.
Health and finance ministers instructed to design national plan following summer meetings by first ministers in Winnipeg.
Arbitration award covers wages, dental, uniforms, time-in-lieu, overtime, vacation, bereavement and more.
BCGEU says settlement provides stability during transition of ownership.
Members urged to come to Red Deer City Hall Park at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
'A third party conducts the survey and your identity is secure in the process.'
“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.
HSAA launches online petition to change Alberta government's mind.
'Normal human resource practices' have now resumed across the province.
Threatening more cuts and layoffs and creating a chill in labour relations.
Union accepts request from Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations (NSAHO) to devote full public resources to the situation.
Private delivery of services should not even be considered, says Canadian Health Coalition.
"We're honoured that they have chosen to join our organization for the security and certainty of a union contract." BCGEU president Darryl Walker
Some LPNs are even worried that the program has been set up in a manner that will prevent them from succeeding.
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.
Increasing incarceration of people with mental issues is cruel and unusual punishment – NUPGE.
804 people surveyed across the province in mid-September by NRG Research Group.
'We all need to learn more about the burden of mental illness on individuals, families and our society and try to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of those Canadians who are suffering in silence.' - James Clancy.
MGEU and other health care unions address health and safety concerns relating to flu outbreak.
MRI wait lists already at unacceptable levels across Alberta. Decision will impact the lives of patients who are battling life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer or significant trauma.
Casual, part time and temporary lists depleted to the point where there is nobody to call when staff are sick. Resulting in overworked staff who are susceptible to burnout.
Exposed to risk doing daily diagnostic tests.
NAPE says home care and support services for persons with disabilities must be addressed in Newfoundland and Labrador.
'I think we need to look at our whole system and re-evaluate how these calls come in.' - Tim Scharer, Winnipeg Paramedics Local 911.
$50-million class action suit could involve up to 4,000 employees of company contracted by Alberta Health Services to handle payroll and benefits.
'We are very pleased once again to be chosen as the union to represent health care workers.' - Carol Furlong.
Settlement in line wth other public sector contracts negotiated with the province in the current round of bargaining.
Leaked AHS newsletter outlines plans to close or downgrade 10 hospitals and shows lack of transparency by the Stelmach government.
'The employer has agreed to arbitrate this issue, which was what the union proposed at the bargaining table in December.'
'The province wants to cut back their vacation no matter how many hours they work or how many years they’ve devoted to Manitobans.'
'All they’re asking is that they get a fair and respectful deal when it comes to their hard-earned vacation.' - Peter Olfert.
Detailed document on party health care positions compiled by the B.C. Health Coalition.
Fee charged to patients will be replaced with 'tray fee' paid by Alberta Health Care Insurance.
HSAA hopes laboratory company will now engage in meaningful negotiations.
'Sandwich generation' needs help coping simultaneously with children and aging parents.'
Five million Canadians provide care for their loved ones with long-term health problems.
Massive 2005 survey collected responses from 12,200 nurses across the country.
Canadian Health Coalition challenges CMA president Dr. Robert Ouellet to stop misleading Canadians about private, for-profit health care.
Trying to negotiate contracts with three employers - Aramark, Sodexo and Compass.
'80% of hospitals are sinking into debt while the equivalent of 5,000 full-time jobs are expected to be eliminated this year alone.'
Needle Safety Regulation Expanded April 1, 2009
'Wouldn’t the profits made by McKesson Canada be better used in the public system?' - Joan Jessome.
'[It] starts with the assumption that the conditions of work are the conditions for care.'
'The absence of a staffing standard has already compromised quality care in the drive to maximize profits.'
Ratification ballots are being distributed across British Columbia this week and must be returned by April 3.
Message to Premier Dalton McGuinty: Please fund our hospitals adequately to resolve their deficits and stop the cuts.
Canadian Blood Services plan to let unregulated employees perform health screening and assessments of blood donors is 'misguided' and should be abandoned.
Eight health care groups are participating, including the Health Sciences Association of B.C.
OPSEU frustrated at lack of progress with government negotiators whose hands have been tied by the Liberal government at Queen's Park.
US Researchers have discovered human antibodies that are able to neutralize not only H5N1 bird flu but other strains of influenza. There is hope now to develop them into lifesaving treatments.
Health Sciences Association of Alberta has launched a media campaign to inform the provinces' Emergency Medical Services personnel about the benefits of joining 'Alberta's #1 EMS Union'.
The National Union sees the detention of a 30 year old Ottawa man with Down syndrome and bipolar disorder as highlighting the national crisis in mental health and criminal justice systems.
Vote came as a result of an application by Labrador-Grenfell for a single bargaining unit for hospital support staff who were represented by NAPE and CUPE. A group of approximately 90 non-union employees also took part in the voting process and are also now NAPE members.
OPSEU paramedics appeal to Ontario labour ministry for intervention on safety grounds.
Newfoundland and Labrador is not living up to commitments made, says NAPE president Carol Furlong
'It is in the best interests of the Ontario Hospital Association to work with us on addressing these issues.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU president
'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.'
First task is to resolve problems created by essential services legislation.
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.
OPSEU says fight to restore public sector out-patient physio services will continue.
'Now is the time for action.'
'Even the agencies are saying they cannot find enough workers to meet the demand.' - Carol Furlong
Reducing the need for higher intensity and for more costly services
In less than a year four RNs were injured through violent attacks by a patient. The call comes following the last incident at CAMH in which a registered nurse was grabbed and dragged into a washroom by a patient who sexually assaulted her.
Public outcry prompts Liberal government of Premier Dalton McGuinty to quash home care bidding process
Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) has won a 'groundbreaking' settlement of $10,000 in a bullying and sexual harassment case involving a group of workers at the province's largest hospital.
'Closing a unit puts additional work loads on already-overworked staff and inconveniences residents.' - NAPE president Carol Furlong
New contract affects employees at several locations on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland
Campaign will remind Albertans of the vital role that health care workers play
Outrageous private profits and secrecy condemned by Ontario Health Coalition
'Decision won't stand without a challenge.' - OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas
'When something looks too good to be true - it usually is.' - Shelley Ward, PEIUPSE
'There is no better alternative to free collective bargaining.' - new report by CCPA
Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
Doctors, nurses, lab technicians, ambulance attendants and therapists among groups assessed
Passage of new law doubtful in minority legislature
'The province has a huge surplus and it makes no sense.'
'It's pure politics.' NSGEU president Joan Jessome
Minority Tory government would impose binding arbitration in all future N.S. health care disputes
October 1-7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week
'Our health care system will eventually collapse if measures are not taken.' - Carol Furlong
'Successive governments have undervalued the services they provide.' - Carol Furlong
Why is John Tory so eager to push Ontario into more U.S.-style health care delivery?
Acceptance would avert a strike scheduled for Sept. 11
Difficulty reaching first contract with private employer
Members divided on privatization ideology of incoming CMA president Brian Day of Vancouver.
Shutdown occurs as seniors are stranded on waiting lists
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.'
New group of health care professionals certified in Red Deer
Report by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) says long wait times for physiotherapy treatment or occupational therapy are affecting vulnerable patients.
Liberal government of Premier Gordon Campbell given one year to amend unconstitutional sections of Bill 29
Recruitment and retention are 'huge issues' in all health care fields in which the NSGEU represents workers – and privatization is not the answer
'Our members on the front line of Canada's health care system have many questions.' - NUPGE president James Clancy
Closure of the facility may have been a factor, says BCGEU
President Carol Furlong is raising concerns about a potential shortage of lab and x-ray technologists
National Pharmaceutical Strategy report released by provincial health ministers
NUPGE Executive Board meets with senior official of Public Health Agency of Canada
'Government at all levels should take swift action to investigate and prosecute anyone who is in violation of the Canada Health Act.' - James Clancy
OPSEU says budget-slashing will eliminate up to 300 jobs and end up costing taxpayers more
Union asks federal Conservative immigration minister to investigate, put visa approvals on hold
Announcement by health minister likely delays final decision until after next federal election
'Staff shortages have forced the Northern Lights Health Region to close operating theatres and hospital beds.' - Elisabeth Ballermann
User fees could be next, OPSEU warns
Americans are less healthy and have more problems despite spending nearly twice as much per capita as Canadians do for health care
'This is a great day for these employees.' - Mirla Alvarado Fenn
Health minister condemned for undermining public system by talking about for-profit options
Health minister with corporate ownership conflict lets provincial premiers do pretty much what they want
Denial of coverage in British Columbia violates terms of contract
'This is a good, solid settlement that meets the priorities set by community health workers.'
Average increase of 10.3% over four years