“For a government elected to improve public services, we didn’t see that backed up in this budget." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"The numbers speak for themselves: Ontario provides colleges with the least per-student funding of any province. That’s no way to celebrate a system that has given our province so much.” — RM Kennedy, Chair of OPSEU's College Academic Division
“If government has any respect for northerners’ right to make choices about northern education, this is the time to show it. Imposing decisions that run contrary to the needs of local people is not a responsible way forward." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
Fredericton (14 Feb. 2017) — The budget tabled by the provincial government in February did not address important topics relevant to the members, says the New Brunswick Union (NBU/NUPGE). The union was hoping the budget would include details regarding the extra-mural program, support for workers and consultation with labour on a variety of issues.
"We were hoping to hear some definitive plans, but unfortunately we're left with more questions than answers," said Susie Proulx-Daigle, President of the NBU/NUPGE.
"The Liberal government has an excellent opportunity as it negotiates a new Health Accord to put concrete measures in place to support people living with AIDS and HIV. This means more funding, more research, increased support systems, and access to more affordable drugs." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“Whether northern Ontarians are fighting school and hospital closings, high electricity rates, or to keep Hydro One in public hands, you can always count on these folks to fight the good fight for the public good.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"It's time governments across the country stop wasting time on attacking unions and workers and get back to working on critical issues that will benefit our communities." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Lawrence instills confidence and pride in his students and draws on his experience in the field to encourage students to be their best.” — Apprenticeship Manitoba Awards
"Obstacles don't end on campus. It is more difficult to find good paying, steady jobs to keep up with these rising costs and with their rising debt. The federal government has an obligation to ensure our students have a solid future. It needs to take action now." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
All members of Local 73 are encouraged to review the question & answer sheet, attend an information session, and discuss the vote with their co-workers and their elected leadership in order to make an informed decision before casting a ballot.