12 Feb 2015

The breakdown of the SAMS computer program has had a heavy toll on the thousands of disadvantaged people who rely on social assistance. 

12 Feb 2015

"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.

30 Jan 2015

"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.

27 Jan 2015

Video shows how B.C.’s child and family welfare system is falling apart, putting vulnerable children, youth and families at risk.

22 Dec 2014

Report from B.C. government intended to look at escalating violence in province's prisons and community corrections falls short of goals.

18 Dec 2014

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.

16 Dec 2014

“It’s time government gives back what it’s taken from children at risk." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.

12 Dec 2014

"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.

02 Dec 2014

“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).

27 Nov 2014

“We’re calling on the B.C. government to guarantee the Ishtar Transition Housing Society keeps these transition houses open.” —  Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.

17 Nov 2014

Employers report difficulties in attracting and retaining staff due to part-time conditions and low pay.

17 Nov 2014

The B.C. Government and General Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) report, Choose Children, highlights deficiencies in youth and family services across the province. 

05 Nov 2014

Violence in the workplace, workload, health and safety issues are just a few major challenges community social service workers face.

29 Oct 2014

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.

10 Oct 2014

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.