The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU/NUPGE) celebrated National Aboriginal Day by marking its service to the province’s Aboriginal community with the addition of two major entities in its membership fold.
June 18, 2015, is Developmental Services: Worker Appreciation Day in Ontario.
CLGS management is trying to short change developmental services workers insisting that previously bargained wages and pay equity payments would be deducted from these new provincial funds.
"The result proved conclusively that when it comes to the long-term interests of workers and their families, the decision to move to OPSEU/NUPGE is an obvious one based on proven results." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Community Social Services workers are rarely in the public eye — although the problems they help solve are often in the news. BCGEU/NUPGE is taking steps to put a face on this important work in our communities.
MGEU members negotiate improvements to collective agreement to help provide consistency of care for clients.
“When it comes to social work, protection of the child’s best interest should trump everything else. Paige’s story is a tragedy.” —Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“That management wants to eliminate seniority-based promotional hiring is a non-starter for our members." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Not only will these valuable public services be lost but Bridgewater and its economy will be hurt by the loss of these good jobs as this government continues to cut and centralize services." — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President
Workers and reps call for government accountability delivering promised funding.
“The report says that capacity and training ‘are areas requiring attention.' Well, duh! The front-line staff have been saying that since November, and it would not have cost the government $300,000 to listen to them.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
New direct-funding Passport program for people with developmental disabilities is a clear privatization of services.
“We have poured millions of taxpayers’ dollars into a system that is creating real hardship for people who depend on social assistance. At a certain point, we should cut our losses and move on.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“I’m a fairly new employee and I had no idea what unions did for people. It was through conversations with co-workers that I heard so many positive things about the BCGEU/NUPGE.” — Jessica Keras, Salvation Army Centre of Hope worker, BCGEU/NUPGE member.
“We are very disappointed in the government’s decision and failure to address the very pressing staffing problems in other ministry program areas." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.