“The government knows there is a problem, but seems unwilling to address the real issues." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU acting President
“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
“Our goal remains to protect the mental health services for our communities by protecting the people who provide that service." — Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division
“I can’t believe that after the recent million dollar decision of the McNeil government not to privatize the motor vehicles, land and joint stock registries that [it] would even consider allowing the private sector anywhere near our health care system,” says Danny Cavanagh, NSFL President
“I urge all staff in both bargaining units to get out and exercise their right to vote." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Cancer cluster is found at a hospital in B.C.; unions fight at the highest level to show causation.
"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
"The B.C. Nurses' Union leadership has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to wrestle members out of other unions. iI's hurting the relationship between health care professionals and it's wasting the dues provided by hard-working nurses." — Val Avery, President of HSABC
"To suggest that there would not be ambulance services available to respond to an emergency when needed, whether in the midst of a strike or not, is a dangerous misrepresentation." — Michael Parker, HSAA Vice-President
HSABC/NUPGE members to vote on agreement in the coming days.
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
“Now, more than ever, it’s important to have the protection that comes with belonging to Ontario’s strongest advocate for hospital sector workers." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU 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