“The Premier says we have entered the ‘action phase’ of reforming health care. That means overcoming staffing shortages and improving working conditions so we can care for Albertans.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
“With the ongoing rise of the far right at home in Canada, and around the world, we must be extra vigilant at pushing for legal protections for transgender and gender-expansive people and for education for the public about transgender and gender-expansive issues.” ― Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
"Our governments do not seem to understand the urgency of the health care crisis and are more focused on assigning blame rather than on taking action or working together. Canadians should be pressuring their politicians to cooperate. The Premiers cut short the most recent funding negotiations by choosing to continue the conflict with the federal government. Patients and health care workers are paying the price for these political games." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
“Together with labour and civil society colleagues, NUPGE will be there to call for bold climate action that not just gets us to our climate targets but addresses inequities and upholds human rights." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
“In the face of unprecedented inflation, when many people are struggling to make ends meet, these workers stood together to demand what was right and fair, and together, they were able to achieve parity for their sector.” — Sandra Mullin, NSGEU President
"We are where the power in this province resides. They might only be coming for education workers now, but when you come for one of us, you come for all of us. Let this last week be an example — workers united will shut this province down whenever we need to." — JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Main sticking point in negotiations was wage parity.
“If the unions in Ontario need financial support, we will be there for them. The Ford government decided to attack some of the most vulnerable workers in the province. That’s a fight we are not going to shy away from." — NUPGE President Bert Blundon
"These young people's entries were so well written and filled with such insight that we hope this financial assistance will go some way to helping them achieve their dreams." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
There is positive news in areas like service delivery and job training, but not enough is being done on tax fairness and gaping holes in our social safety net are not getting the attention they need.
“This is a remarkable story of economic recovery from the depths of the COVID-19 lockdown impacts. The next chapter will be written by the provinces as they decide what to do with their unexpected budget surpluses.” — David Macdonald, CCPA senior economist
“The legislation introduced in Ontario and invoking the notwithstanding clause are an attack on all working people in Canada. The National Union is strongly committed to supporting CUPE and OPSEU/SEFPO in their fight and to standing up against this attack.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
"If these workers are so necessary that management says these students cannot attend school safely without their support, then why can’t Education Minister Becky Druhan simply pay them the same wage they’re being paid elsewhere in Nova Scotia?” — Sandra Mullen, NSGEU President