The National Union is encouraging its members and Canadians to complete the survey and to encourage others to participate.
“The OHA claims to exist to preserve the integrity of our healthcare system, and then they treat our frontline heroes, who keep our health system running, with contempt.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
While many workers were laid off and had to rely on income support of $500/week during the pandemic, the stock market boom means half of CEOs will likely see an increase in their compensation for 2020.
“Front-line support workers are experiencing anxiety, increased workload, and loss of pay related to faulty reporting mechanisms and contact tracing. It’s important to set standardized, contact tracing protocols across every public school board.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The government calls this ‘modernizing’ and ‘elevating the client experience,’ but to me it looks like they’re just making it harder for rural Manitobans to access the services and support they need.” Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
The paramedics stationed up north pitched in to do whatever was needed to help alleviate the strain on the northern health system—whether it was to provide a COVID-19 swab test, start an IV, provide medications, or help with any medical emergencies that arose during the holidays.
This situation is yet another reminder of why having not-for-profit organizations take over public services like long-term care doesn’t solve the problem of underfunding. It just changes how the services are funded.
“This tragic death highlights why we have been advocating so strongly for the immediate vaccination of all front-line, health-care workers who put themselves at the greatest risk every day." — Mike Parker, HSAA President
The goodness of each and every one of us has been on display this year, and I am so very grateful for how you have all contributed to bettering the world in which we live. We know that in the new year we will face more challenges to our core values and in our work. Governments will, no doubt, ring the austerity bell once again. We have faced this before. We will remain vigilant and push back against the ideas that weaken our communities. Together in solidarity, we will continue to work for the common good, while opposing corporate greed and those who wish to trample on our human rights at home and around the world. Our solidarity knows no borders.
“This is an insult to these health care workers who have always been helping to keep our health care system secure and operational throughout this pandemic.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President.
NUPGE Annual Report: 2020 in Review is a look back on what NUPGE accomplished in 2020.
"NUPGE joins the many voices in Canada and around the world condemning the violence against peaceful protestors and expressing solidarity with the farmers, workers, and other activists who are standing up for their rights, their livelihoods, and for future generations." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"This International Human Rights Day, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on governments to ensure policies brought in because of the global pandemic do not violate human rights" — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The appointment of someone linked to schemes to privatize public infrastructure as deputy minister of Finance means those concerned about the impact of privatization on the quality, cost and accountability of public services have even more reason to be vigilant.
“Protecting Ontarians against COVID-19 by taking a swipe at the environment is counterproductive and completely wrongheaded.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer