“Enough is enough. Perhaps the Premier isn’t being told the truth about why all these deaths are happening, and what has to be done to stop them. The truth needs to come out. Someone has to be held to account." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
In 2010 it was claimed that the private company running the P3 would “assume the construction risk during the redevelopment period and the operations risk on revenues and expense once the site reopens.” Now that company is asking for a bailout.
“It’s clear that during the pandemic, this government has come to recognize the true value of strong public services. Front-line workers are indeed heroes.” ― Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"This pandemic has changed the way people look at those who work on the front-lines. Community service workers are now getting some of the recognition and respect they should have been receiving all along. And we should appreciate the work they do every day. But on top of that, what is really needed, what will really change lives is adequate, stable, and targeted funding for these services." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We need to start taking workplace mental health as seriously as we take traditional, physical health and safety issues." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Different tax policies that the government should use to reduce inequality include closing tax loopholes, introducing an annual wealth tax, and an excess profits tax on large corporations that have profited from the pandemic.
Below is a statement by Larry Brown, NUPGE President, on the recent endorsement of Bill Morneau's candidacy for the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the OECD.
“We knew that what the employer was doing wasn’t right. So, there was no choice but to file a grievance.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"Not enough can be said about the legacy of social and economic action that John has left the National Union and the labour movement," said Brown. "He will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends."
“The bottom line: no one is protected until everyone is protected” — Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
By Easter Tocol, HSABC/NUPGE member
This article was originally published in the October 2020 issue of The Report magazine and subsequently posted by HSABC/NUPGE.
"The appeal signals a willingness to ignore the horrors that refugees face in the U.S. Furthermore, it is an affront to those individuals who bravely shared their stories during the court case. It is especially disappointing from a government that has committed to welcoming newcomers." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The petition seeks to ensure that Canadian companies abroad are held accountable for their role in human rights violations and that the Canadian government is held accountable for its political and financial support to both Canadian companies in the Philippines and the Duterte government.
According to the report, it is likely that service has suffered because the private company managing the ambulance service is able to increase its profits by leaving paramedic positions vacant.