'As union members we need to remember the struggles of the past and work together to maintain and improve upon our successes.'
Outstanding issues include hours of work and rest periods, retirement allowance, language dealing with double time after four hours of overtime, vacation entitlement and family illness leave.
Harper government using an online poll to determine whether to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
First proposed in its ill-fated November 2008 Economic and Fiscal Statement, the federal government implements temporary solvency relief for federally regulated pension plans facing large funding shortfalls.
Two years after signing, Canada still has not ratified Convention - pressure mounting for fast-track ratification
'Governments must improve social assistance programs in these tough times or we're going to see more families in Canada living in harsh, desperate circumstances.' - NUPGE president James Clancy.
(31 March 2009) - The same corporate 'experts' who flattened the stock market and triggered the economic crisis with relentless deregulation are now claiming that higher wages for workers is bad for the economy — Commentary by NUPGE president James Clancy.
'The ALRB needs to go through its processes to decide when the change of union representation would occur.' - Elisabeth Ballermann.
'A loss of that magnitude is akin to losing three steel mill plants in Hamilton.' - OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas. [Updated with detailed critique.]
Government introduces temporary measures but withstands pressure for short term fixes to deal with the financial crisis, according to OPSEU.
'Since 1991, more than 2,245 trade union leaders and activists have been assassinated in Colombia.' - James Clancy
'Wouldn’t the profits made by McKesson Canada be better used in the public system?' - Joan Jessome.
The devil is in the details when it comes to government budgeting.' - MGEU president Peter Olfert.
Earth Hour is quickly approaching - on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 pm, millions of Canadians will turn out their lights to support the largest global public demonstration on climate change! What are you doing that night?
'We hope that these benefits will set a new template for collective bargaining in the future.' - Carol Furlong.
NUPGE urges federal justice minister to use stimulus money to begin "massive investment" in new and upgraded correctional facilities across Canada.
'Three out of five members of the union negotiating committee ... have been identified as essential. If there were a work stoppage, we would be virtually unable to meet to bargain an end to the strike.'
Transferring operating funds to capital budget while projecting deficits and threatening cutbacks.
Union to develop a comprehensive social map of the membership with the aim to create more inclusive policies, programs and services in all areas of union business
Bert Blundon also returned as secretary-treasurer for another two-year term of office.
Critics pounce on Harper government for failing to expand program to cope with rapidly rising unemployment figures.
UFCW Canada has filed a formal complaint with the ILO asking the body to investigate the denial of collective bargaining rights to farm workers by the government of Ontario.
The union negotiating team recommending acceptance. Ratification votes will take place in the coming weeks.
'[It] starts with the assumption that the conditions of work are the conditions for care.'
'The portal itself has many potential users, including personnel involved in developing OHS education and training, JOHS committees, and front-line workers.'
'The absence of a staffing standard has already compromised quality care in the drive to maximize profits.'
Events across the province are drawing attention to the value of a wide range of crucial services that make communities better places to live and raise families.
Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act is critical to rebuilding our economy and strengthening our democracy
(20 March 2009) - The second of two commentaries by James Clancy, national president of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), on the challenges facing pension plans in Canada. Read first commentary
(19 March 2009) - The first of two commentaries by James Clancy, national president of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), on the challenges facing pension plans in Canada.
March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
'With this decision, a majority of EMS personnel across Alberta will now have a unified voice.' - Elisabeth Ballermann.
Contains mix of job cuts and new positions but lacks adequate funding in several important departments, SGEU says.
The Canadian Bankers Association has asked Canadian Labour Congress to remove line "It's time to protect people instead of profits for the banks" from a rally poster. CLC president Ken Georgetti and NUPGE president James Clancy challenge banks on their record.
Over the past five years LCBO profits have totalled nearly $6 billion in Ontario. The agency operates at a profit margin of 48.9% and it still wants concessions from employees.
Ratification ballots are being distributed across British Columbia this week and must be returned by April 3.
Original ruling helped worker buy barrier-free home following workplace accident. WorkSafeNB asked to take case to Supreme Court of Canada.
After nearly a decade of legal maneuverings and circumventions of federal law, the U.S. National Labour Board finally forced Walmart to the bargaining table in Jacksonville, Texas.
Shareholders at all of Canada's ‘Big Five’ banks have won the right to vote on top bankers' compensation, reflecting growing investor frustration with executive pay.
An untendered 25-year renewal of the Maid of the Mist boat tour contract at Niagara Falls is the latest in a long list of bad NPC decisions, union says.
Scientists weren't pulling any punches as they outlined their findings before the release of their full synthesis in June 2009.
Providing housing and support services will cut the costs of dealing with the problem by more than half, provincial secretariat estimates.
El Salvador community organization thanks OPSEU's Social Justice Fund for the purchase of a truck to assist in their community development work.
Bill C-4 (the proposed Not-for-profit Corporations Act) increases administrative demand on thousands of federal non-profit organizations and charities across Canada without addressing the critical lack of stable and secure long-term funding.
Why are several Canadian provinces cutting back at a time when the economy needs stimulus across the board, asks NUPGE's Larry Brown.
Funds valued at $869 billion compared to $951.7 billion the previous quarter.
NBUPPE says New Brunswickers will feel the impact in lost services.
'We can train sheriffs much quicker than police officers and there are substantial cost savings for taxpayers in this model.' - Dean Purdy
Message to Premier Dalton McGuinty: Please fund our hospitals adequately to resolve their deficits and stop the cuts.
'We have been asking for these changes for decades.... We hope the government carries through.' - SGEU president Bob Bymoen.
Western farmers support the board and they need it more than ever in bad economic times, says NUPGE president James Clancy.
'It means that they will now have protections like a grievance procedure, shop stewards, strong health and safety language and, of course, higher wages."' - Darryl Walker.
Province demanding long list of unacceptable concessions, including the issue of sick leave which nearly led to a province-wide strike by Ontario correctional workers.
'We want to know why these layoffs are necessary and to discuss reasonable alternatives.” - Paula Whitmore, OPSEU Local 535.
'They make our communities better and our unions stronger.' - James Clancy.
Publicly-owned Ontario liquor board made $1.35 billion in profits for the Ontario taxpayers in 2007-08.
'The income gap has widened to the point that the top 10% of B.C. families now earn more than the entire bottom half of families.' - CCPA.
Now is the time to fix long-standing problems within the system - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Darryl Walker says it might work in some offices and ministries if it was voluntary and benefits were protected.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union responds to the report of the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions.
Vote March 3-4 by more than 150 employees of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Canadian Blood Services plan to let unregulated employees perform health screening and assessments of blood donors is 'misguided' and should be abandoned.
Campbell government deregulated recovery homes in British Columbia after winning power seven years ago.
Approximately 750 employees at laboratories across central and northern Alberta voted last summer to join the province's most progressive health care union.
'We made a commitment before the last election that we would not be privatizing the liquor stores.' - Dan D'Autremont.
Investigation indicates widespread abuses by private operators who are benefiting from millions in public funding.
OPSEU local honours the first black trade unionist to lead a major Canadian union. Upshaw was president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union from 1990 to 1995.
NSGEU women's conference April 24-26 at Debert Hospitality Centre. Helping women play a more assertive and active role in their union, workplaces and lives.
'The bargaining team asked the members for support and that’s exactly what we got.' - team chair David Kerr.
Focus of meeting on building strong network of equality and human rights activists across the country
Eight health care groups are participating, including the Health Sciences Association of B.C.
Friday, February 27th, 2009 marks Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) awareness day. On this awareness day the National Union joins labour unions across Canada to urge employers to take these soft tissue injuries seriously.