“Laying off highly-skilled workers, hiring more expensive providers and leaving patients in the lurch just doesn’t make sense.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“This trial is of significant importance to all Canadians not just the citizens of British Columbia. Fundamentally, he has put our entire public health care system on trial. However, I think he has misjudged how much Canadians value and support Medicare.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"A major issue for our rural diagnostic health care professionals is recruitment and retention, and being understaffed because jobs are not being filled. These professionals are having to work too much overtime and then have to be on call — it’s exhausting and isn’t sustainable.” — Michelle Gawronsky, President MGEU
Workers at 53 Ontario Hospitals voted 92% in favour of the deal.
The National Union supports BloodWatch, a national advocacy organization, in its call for federal and all provincial and territorial governments to prohibit paid blood and plasma donations.
“The Liberals need to know that they can’t expect to get votes on empty promises. They need to put patients first, not just say they’re going to.” — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
“Violence is not a condition of employment that anyone agrees to accept when taking a job,” he said. We will continue to support Local 329, and all workers in dangerous workplaces, in every way we can.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"The result of the historic gamble on the market price of a single commodity won't be fixed in one year, given the stubbornness of the downturn, and that's what this budget acknowledges." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President
"We need more funding from the provincial government to these facilities to increase their staffing levels, and we need more monitoring in place to ensure that employers are maintaining the minimum staffing set out in the guidelines." — Sherry Ogasawara, VP in Health Services, BCGEU
"We will do all that we can to counter this court challenge that would create barriers to accessing our health care system.” — Dr. Monika Dutt, Chair of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare
Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat supports BloodWatch in its call for federal and all provincial and territorial governments to prohibit paid blood and plasma donations.
When you do business with public bodies and with public funds, you have an obligation to be transparent. These corporations obviously see it a different way and want to put their business interests ahead of the public’s right to know.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"Breaking the cycle of abuse can be tremendously difficult and, as a province, we should be doing everything we can to help people in this regard." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
The private sector’s involvement in health care is the cause of many of our system’s problems, not the solution." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"We are disappointed that the Chamber came out with this report which is neither in the interests of Ontarians nor in the interests of many of the Chamber’s members.” — Natalie Mehra, executive director of the OHC