The breakdown of the SAMS computer program has had a heavy toll on the thousands of disadvantaged people who rely on social assistance.
"Ms. Jaczek ignored the sound advice she was offered by frontline staff months ago and chose instead to forge ahead with a new system that was not fit for operation." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"Public services must be there when Nova Scotians need them. This is a time to support the most vulnerable Nova Scotians, not pull support away.” — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Video shows how B.C.’s child and family welfare system is falling apart, putting vulnerable children, youth and families at risk.
Report from B.C. government intended to look at escalating violence in province's prisons and community corrections falls short of goals.
Ontario's new Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) computer system is creating chaos for recipients of social assistance. Ontario Public Service Employees Union is seeking an injunction to avoid even further harm being inflicted on some of the province's most vulnerable people.
“It’s time government gives back what it’s taken from children at risk." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.
"High staff turnover is bad for workers, bad for the people they support, and ultimately bad for employers because constant recruitment and training are costly.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“It is apparent that these acts of violence are not simply isolated incidents, but are part of a troubling and growing trend in workplaces across the province" — Carol Furlong, President of Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE).
“We’re calling on the B.C. government to guarantee the Ishtar Transition Housing Society keeps these transition houses open.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.
Employers report difficulties in attracting and retaining staff due to part-time conditions and low pay.
The B.C. Government and General Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) report, Choose Children, highlights deficiencies in youth and family services across the province.
Violence in the workplace, workload, health and safety issues are just a few major challenges community social service workers face.
OPSEU/NUPGE, and now the Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS), are clear: The government must provide stable, increased, and long-term funding to see that people get the services they need.
Government is meant to act as the prudent parent of all children in its care. The political leadership of our province is failing to recognize their responsibility." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.