'The workers at the Jonquière store know in their hearts why Wal-Mart shut their store. So do most Canadians. So does Wal-Mart.' - UFCW Canada.
NUPGE's national secretary-treasurer looks at the long-term impact on government revenues and public services of the Harper government's new Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). 'How are you going to buy your own health care with $400?' he asks.
Now represents all health professionals in three of four regional health boards.
New contracts for nearly 4,000 employees in the sector will be negotiated in 2010.
“John Rae has spent a lifetime effecting change by taking up issues that have been relevant to persons who are disabled and specifically who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted.”
Another example of corporate greed – 72 Nortel executives will receive a total of $7.5 million US on top of their current salaries in 2009
'After 19 months at the bargaining table, it would be wonderful to have this agreement settled before Christmas.' - Bonnie Erickson, SGEU.
'Albertans are witnessing a calculated, step-by-step plan by the Stelmach government to privatize public health care in Alberta.' - Elisabeth Ballermann.
'Imposing a collective agreement is wrong, and it should stop now. If they want a strike, they will get a strike the likes of which they have never seen before.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Landmark 2007 Supreme Court ruling on collective bargaining means unions must have compulsory check-off of union dues to represent workers, says ALRB.
Leger Marketing poll finds only one person in five supports the controversial sale to Hydro-Quebec.
Richmond County Home Support Services Society (RCHSSS) ousted after critical audit concluded it lacked leadership skills and abilities.
Ottawa (25 November 2009)—Canada’s Old Age Security system needs improvement in order to help ensure the economic security and dignity of Canadians in retirement, says a new report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
On November 10, 2009 the Municipal Council of London Ontario signed an emergency resolution urging the federal government of Canada to take action on climate change. Citizens in municipalities across Canada have been mobilizing for urgent action on the climate change crisis.
'More rapidly than almost every other country among the wealthiest members of the OECD, we are becoming deeply unequal. Who knows? We may even catch up to the United States.'
NUPGE is encouraging all Canadians to sign online message to Prime Minister Harper asking him to establish a national plan of action to stop violence against Indigenous women.
The changes are a direct result of HSAA's ongoing lobby efforts with Alberta Health Services.
Agreement provides wage increases and prevents pension and seniority rollbacks.
Members of Parliament vote in favor of more ambitious action at the United Nations Climate Summit
Three Saskatchewan unions combine efforts to improve wages and working conditions for those who help the most vulnerable people in society.
'More than 10,000 MRI scans in the Vancouver area alone.' - HSABC president Reid Johnson.
Wage increases plus steps to address bullying in the workplace.
Ignores restrictions imposed by Canada's top court when sections of Bill 29 were struck down as unconstitutional.
'It is only a matter of time before a tragedy occurs in this jail …a tragedy that is completely avoidable.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
“A supplementary pension plan is needed to give middle-income Canadians without workplace pensions a better crack at securing a comfortable retirement”: Keith Ambachtsheer
Toronto (20 November 2009) – The time has come to turn Canada’s supplemental pensions jumble into a coherent system with a clear goal and a clear plan to achieve it, according to Keith Ambachtsheer, a leading pension expert and director of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management at the University of Toronto
'Let's not stand on the sidelines while the few who will benefit greatly from this deal give away our crown jewel.' - Susie Proulx Daigle.
Routinely operating at 180% to 200% over capacity, Kash Heed tells BCGEU.
Officers strike in protest as tensions ignite over bullying and harassment by supervisors.
Proposal includes wage increases for each of the four years and an increase in benefits available through Flex-Benefit Health Spending Accounts.
'I’m appalled.... Addictions don’t take holidays.' - MGEU president Peter Olfert.
'His work, his passion for social justice, his humour and his caring will never be forgotten.' Updated
“Any change that means a child will be safer is a change for the better, so the news that there has been a decrease in the number of children living in overcrowded foster homes is welcome,” said SGEU president Bob Bymoen, in response to the release of the Children’s Advocate Progress Report on foster home overcrowding.
CLC marking 20th anniversary of Montreal Massacre with 20-day mailing campaign to highlight the ongoing need for change.
Canadian Health Coalition celebrating 30th anniversary defending Medicare and campaigning for a national pharmacare program.
'More than one million public sector workers have paycheques that are tied to the province. That’s a lot of voters.'
'The process has been slow in large measure due to the very small number of vacancies available - about 100 across the entire public service.'
CCPA says ongoing negotiations are heading for a deal in which Canada would surrender provincial and municipal sovereignty.
$5.4 billion of the increase comes from investment income, reflecting a 4.6 per cent rate of return over the past six months
Covers rescheduling of staff to respond to absenteeism resulting from the flu pandemic.
'No alternative but to go to our membership and seek a strike mandate.' - OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
'Canadians should respect and defend the right of every person to dignity and security.'
'Another blow to the provision of mental health and addictions services.' - Darryl Walker.
Postponed from this weekend to help the province cope with the H1N1 crisis.
Of total pension assets at the end of 2008, social security comprised 7.6 percent, workplace plans 58 percent and individual registered savings plans 34.4 percent.
First-of-a-kind benchmark study finds 43 percent of European companies have supply-chain labour and human rights policies, with North America and Asia lagging behind
NUPGE publishes the first of three reports on ideas that emerged from a series of 26 town hall meetings across the country to assess the way forward from the global economic collapse.
'It’s time to consider expansion of our public universal workplace pension plan, the CPP.' - Joan Jessome.
20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall people around the world want governments to be more active in regulating business.
'Funding cuts to health care services ... affect all of us and our families.'
'These workers deserve our utmost respect and recognition.' - Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer.
'The very foundation of law provides that, at the end of the day, if two parties can’t agree there is an independent person to make a final decision.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Postal union circulating petition to draw attention to unpublicized campaign by Harper Conservatives.
'New York City invests twice as much per student in public education as Toronto.'
Canada Post review awakens old fears in hundreds of small rural communities.
“A shocking new low by this government.” –First time a government has legislated a contract on workers while they were in the middle of voting on an offer.
First province in Canada to join with dozens of municipalities in celebrating the contribution CSS workers make to communities across the country.
The occasion will mark 'a historic new chapter' in the lives of Métis citizens as well as Saskatchewan and Canadian citizens generally. - MN-S president Robert Doucette.
'Our members have made some solid gains on wages and successfully fought employer efforts to rollback some provisions.' - Darryl Walker.
President Shelley Ward says it is 'simply the safest thing to do' in the circumstances. A decision will be made later on when to reschedule.
Environment Minister Jim Prentice issues the challenge
The elements of a strong deal are still on the table. But, Canada must change its tune if a fair, ambitious, and legally binding agreement can be reached at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December.
This fall municipal governments from across the country, representing more than 7.5 million Canadians, have passed official resolutions acknowledging Nov. 6 as Canadian Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day.
Threatening more cuts and layoffs and creating a chill in labour relations.
7% tax brings in over $100 million a year. 'Where did all the money go?' asks BCGEU's Darryl Walker.
What do the November UN climate meetings bode for the Copenhagen summit?
"Presently, the gap in CPP pensions between males and females is narrowing even if it is not expected to disappear completely."
Ottawa (5 November 2009) – The status of women within the Canadian pension system is not the same today as it was 30 or 40 years ago, according to the chief actuary of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada.
Permission must be first given by plan members to extend the recovery time
Union accepts request from Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations (NSAHO) to devote full public resources to the situation.
Regional offices will be closed in Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Victoria and Surrey next year. The Justice Access Centre in Nanaimo will also be shut down.
Private delivery of services should not even be considered, says Canadian Health Coalition.
'Canada needs to have a planned and coordinated approach in place so that federal, provincial and municipal agencies know what part they will play in managing a crisis.' - Sheila Fraser.
'This administration will not tolerate disregard of our laws. Employers have a legal and moral responsibility to protect their workers.' - Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Plug-ins and battery-powered vehicles will get special carpool, parking and recharging perks.
NUPGE's Larry Brown says tax cuts benefitting mainly the wealthy are the cause of current government deficits and it will be unfair and damaging to the economy if public sector workers become scapegoats and are forced to pay the price in lost jobs and pay cuts.
Chronic government underfunding has created a problem for Canadian post-secondary institutions and their students.
OPSEU seeking Ontario Labour Relations Board hearing as soon as possible to resolve the impasse.
'We're not about to gut our public health care staff and services because the Stelmach government failed, yet again, to maximize the economic benefits of our most recent oil boom.' - Elisabeth Ballermann.
'When you receive your H1N1 vaccination, you will also be offered vaccination against seasonal flu.'
'We're honoured to be the union of choice for a growing number of casino workers in B.C.' - Darryl Walker.