'Because the study is so obviously inadequate and misleading, we challenge the CFIB to withdraw it and apologize to public sector workers in Canada for misrepresenting their situation.' - Larry Brown, NUPGE's national secretary-treasurer.
'To matter, Canada has to actually punch above its weight, not just say it does. The U.S. can just show up and be listened to. So can China. Canada has to do much more.'
Presentation by Warren (Smokey) Thomas to Ontario's standing committee on justice policy.
BCGEU says the province should say no to liquor lobbyists, take back the $160 million it is now spending to subsidize private liquor operators and expand the province's network of publicly-run retail stores.
"The contractual retirement age and associated post-employment benefits are cornerstones of our collective agreement, which has supported Air Canada pilots' careers for decades."
'This a great victory for the workers at Floralia who have exercised their Charter rights to join a union and bargain collectively.' - Wayne Hanley.
'We cannot continually turn a blind eye to all this.' - David Moher of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
'The OECD recently reported that Canada has the second highest rate of jobless people living in poverty in the OECD. But the Harper government's proposed EI reforms will only benefit the "deserving" few.' - Larry Brown.
Thousands join peace and police officers in annual ceremonies remembering those who have died in the line of duty.
One in five cannot pay for basic needs like glasses and dental care or participate meaningfully in community recreational activities.
'Government needs to step forward with a comprehensive plan to ensure that quality care and education for our young children is here now and in the future.' - Shelley Ward.
Offered to children of NUPGE's 340,000 members who are starting a post-secondary education.
'Any way you slice it, cutting autism support by $3 million is not good for kids.' - Reid Johnson.
Bargaining, pension plans and retiree health care will be the dominant issues. - Susie Proulx-Daigle.
'Our members have waited 17 months to see a reasonable monetary offer from SAHO and ... they’re still waiting.' - SGEU negotiator Bonnie Erickson.
$1.4 million being spent by B.C. Hydro, ICBC and the Lottery Corporation.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 96, 180 Park St. in Brockville.
Old Age Security pension, paid to people 65 years of age and over, will remain unchanged at $516.96 per month
Environment Minister Jim Prentice represents Canada while Harper skips out to pay a courtesy call on New York Mayor Bloomberg
Transfer of patients to 'community-based spaces' a privatization scheme, critics say.
Study estimates that 45,000 die each year. The number of Americans without health insurance rose to 46.3 million last year - 15.4% of the entire U.S. population.
The dream of 'freedom 55' will recede to a new reality of 'freedom 70' for many Canadians if the Conservatives get their way, says NUPGE president James Clancy.
Experts from across the country will join representatives of Canada's justice workers to assess the growing crisis posed by mental health problems in correctional facilities.
'It's not worth the paper it's written on. - Elisabeth Ballermann.
'We support your position that the best fix to the current situation lies in expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and agree with your hesitations about the effectiveness of proposals for new provincial or inter-provincial pension plans.' - Larry Brown.
Dismal 15th ranking out of 17 developed countries. Only Japan and the United States were worse. The top-ranked countries are Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands.
'Like the Famous Five, we must continue to lobby, campaign and educate others to ensure that Canadian women obtain equity in this country.'
The B.C. Liberal government has accepted federal apprenticeship dollars while burying the news that they've cut funds for the agency which oversees apprenticeships.
Undercover journalist reveals the extent of deception some private colleges practice.
Toronto (Sept 18, 2009) - While students enrolled at public colleges in personal support worker programs will spend a year learning to empty catheters, insert suppositories and manoeuvre mechanical lifts, in a matter of weeks at a private career college in North York a student will learn how to fake a resume, fabricate professional references and lie their way through a job interview.
“Considering how wealthy this country is, these rates of poverty are unacceptable. Not only are we not making progress; we are losing ground.”
'The decrease in provincial budget funding for child care is most likely a result of the Harper Conservative government’s 2006 cancellation of the bilateral agreements.'
Public Health Agency of Canada says pregnant women, people with chronic conditions, children six months to five years old, people living in remote communities and health care workers will be invited to get vaccinated first.
Ontario is asked to change legislation to permit the transfer of pension assets to the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS).
The report confirmed what students have identified for years, that higher tuition fees are a barrier to access for students from low-income and middle-low income families.
KYOTOplus is a mere 13 MP endorsements away from a majority in parliament
Harper government gives Canada an international black eye by refusing to name a Canadian representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
'A meeting of all DynaLIFE Dx HSAA members will be scheduled very shortly for the purpose of communicating particulars of the tentative agreement.' Updated
'Let's continue to work together to build a stronger union and improve the lives of workers in both the public and private sectors.'
'After 13 days of bargaining, the team has negotiated a three-year collective agreement which will expire on March 31, 2011.'
November conference will set the stage for negotiations to replace the current collective agreement which expires on March 31, 2010.
Labour movement is critical of the proposal because the supplemental plan wouldn't be mandatory and doesn't require employers to match employee contributions.
Canada still is not on board with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
'Peace and stability cannot be brought to another country through war and occupation.' - NUPGE president James Clancy.
Crystal Lee Jordan Sutton, an activist to the end, has passed away from a brain tumor at age 68.
Lone janitors cannot do all the extra bathroom and desk cleaning now being demanded of them.
The minimum wage has not been changed in British Columbia for the past eight years.
Retirees point out that they are forced to stand in line along with bondholders in order to retrieve the retirement savings and future disability payments Nortel promised before it went bankrupt.
Bad faith by the Brad Wall government is apparent at the bargaining table and in the passage of unfair 'essential services' legislation.
Articles 13 and 29 of collective agreement determine changes according to seniority.
'Non-monetary items have now been agreed to, with a monetary package expected to be tabled by the employer at upcoming negotiating sessions.'
Ben Powless, a Mohawk youth and a student at Carleton University, has just returned from Panama and the International Indian Treaty Council. His brief report for NUPGE is included below.
This was the third consecutive quarter that pension funds experienced a decrease in value.
Unfair labour practices complaint against the Brad Wall government alleges that its essential services legislation violates the Trade Union Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Three quarters of workers in the U.S. say they have less than a complete understanding of their retirement plan
The money will go towards purchasing vaccine, anti-viral drugs, masks, gloves and gowns, as well as hiring more staff to care for the sick.
Gap between top 1% and bottom 90% now worse than at any time since 1928.
10,000 part-timers at Ontario's 24 community colleges can opt for OPSEU as their voice at work.
Woman accused of stealing from store in Jiangxi province is attacked on street by five employees after refusing to show a receipt. She dies four days later in hospital.
The closure of two Academy of Learning campuses in Saskatchewan confirms that post-secondary education and training should not be left to the private sector.
Robert Wright explores link between literacy and crime, health and injury.
Working with health and social development departments to come up with a plan in case centres are forced to close.
NUPGE has already asked the Public Health Agency of Canada to issue 'fit-tested NIOSH approved N95 respirators' to all health care workers exposed to the H1N1 flu virus.
'Far too often we take for granted the heroic manner in which they risk their lives to save others and protect our lands and homes and businesses.' - James Clancy.
(31 Aug. 2009) - 'I ask you to reflect on the victims of this powerful recession and to speak out for the changes that our government must make if we are to build a better world for ourselves and our families.'
'The typical worker had lost $51 the previous week through wage violations from average weekly earnings of $339 - a 15% loss in pay.'
'There are, to put it mildly, serious questions and doubts about its research methodology.' - NUPGE's Larry Brown.
Child poverty seems to win political points but Canadian governments are ignoring the very real and private struggle of women on their own.
'The B.C. Liberal government has no credible plan to address the startling increase in poverty and the ever-expanding services deficit in this province.' - Darryl Walker.
'Replacing the provincial liquor board system with a privatized system of retail alcohol sales will increase alcohol-related problems and carry substantial human, social and economic costs.'
Copyright protections are 'not designed to insulate corporations from public criticism.' - CCLA general counsel Natalie Des Rosiers.