OPSEU brings together business, labour, government and community agencies for an in-depth exploration of the future of Ontario.
Decision allows for debate and hearings but will not result in any changes in the already-negotiated $3.2-billion contract, government says.
Details of the proposed settlement for SGEU's public service bargaining unit are being withheld pending ratification votes.
Reality Check: 'A sharp decrease in institutional and political support by the government of Canada for the promotion and protection of the human rights of women and girls.'
Public sector pensions are paid for by the deferred wages of public employees throughout their careers and private sector workers deserve the same opportunity to protect themselves in retirement.
'What the government needs to consider is how to create jobs and real investment in Tignish and rural Prince Edward Island.' - Shelley Ward.
'We need to arm ourselves as never before with information that will help us make the best decisions for our families.' - James Clancy.
'This vote is not an endorsement of the imposed terms and conditions or the employer’s last offer. Fear of a strike, according to most reports, was a key factor.'
Stephen Harper has tried hard to obscure a hidden political agenda as prime minister but the reality is that he has 'abused, denied and diminished' democracy in Canada, say James Clancy and Larry Brown of the National Union of Public and General Employees. (NUPGE).
Nanos Research survey also reveals view that House of Commons may have too little influence.
'We are pleased to be part of the process.' - Joan Jessome, NSGEU president.
25,000 health care workers take out newspaper and radio ads to fight back against the Saskatchewan Party government's refusal to bargain a new contract.
“The Women’s Court finds that fiscal considerations should never suffice as a pressing and substantial basis for overriding equality rights”
'Paying business more to do the same work that has traditionally been done in-house ... is obviously not cost effective.' - Bob Bymoen.
'We have been assured this is not an exercise to cut jobs but is part of the government’s initiative to meet future challenges.'
'We're prepared and pleased to welcome our newest members into HSAA's growing family," says HSAA president Elisabeth Ballermann.
British-based campaign says a charge of just 1/20th of 1% on financial transactions not involving the public would raise an estimated £250 billion ($400 billion Cdn) a year.
New law tabled in legislature will implement landmark lawsuit provisions won last year by NBUPPE.
'How they can become the new leadership, incorporating their hopes and concerns.'
Protecting quality and reversing privatization are the goals of new Ontario University Coalition
Proper lifting and moving protocols could have avoided this accident.
On Feb. 8, 2010, an Australian café, its owner, its manager, a waiter and a chef were convicted under Victoria’s Occupational Health and Safety Act for viciously bullying a 19-year-old worker both physically and emotionally to the point where she jumped off a building to her death.
Criminal charges being laid for an occupational fatality in Sault Ste. Marie sets an important precedent.
With 2010 being the International Year of Biodiversity, maintaining and expanding protected areas needs to be recognized as a powerful tool against climate change and should be a component of national and sub-national climate change strategies.
Members and staff of NUPGE and the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) will be cheering loudly for a pair of colleagues competing in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Report estimate that if only 10 per cent of the permafrost melted, this could lead to the release of an additional 80 parts per million of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere. This would equate to about 0.7 degrees Celsius of global warming.
Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk calls for two-year wage freeze or warns that layoffs will occur. Contract negotiations expected to open mid-March.
Coalition fighting proposed $3.2 billion sale will bring together an array of experts at Options Summit Feb. 22 in Fredericton. - Updated
RSI Awareness Day will be marked across the country on Feb. 28.
'Cutting public sector jobs is a strange way to stimulate the struggling economy.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
York professor, Carla Lipsig-Mummé receives $1 million from SSHRC, to study work in a warming world.
'The proposed changes are an unconscionable attack on the most vulnerable segment of the Island’s labour force.' - Shelley Ward.
'Amoral political warriors' must not have equal status with public service employees.
Toronto (February 10, 2010) - Employers at 20 agencies across Ontario sign on to Joint Declaration with OPSEU, CUPE and OASIS.
Most Canadians are worried about their retirement security. NUPGE is pressing the federal government to hold a national summit with a series of radio ads launched this week in the nation's capital.
Negative record on the environment and climate change has damaged Canada's image on the global stage.
'Our members want HSABC to negotiate a fair contract ... they are deeply committed to making sure British Columbians get the public health services they need.' - Reid Johnson.
(11 Feb. 2010) - The top priority for the upcoming federal budget must be to preserve and create good jobs. The budget should also invest in building a healthier, smarter, greener and more secure Canada, says NUPGE president James Clancy.
'Normal human resource practices' have now resumed across the province.
'During times of economic crisis, campaigns like the Living Wage are all the more important.' - NUPGE president James Clancy.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union says mail-in ballots remain to be counted over the next 10 days.
This Friday is the last day Canadians can contribute to relief in Haiti and have the federal government contribute the same amount in matching funds.
'The clients, their families and even the employer have all been vocal in their support of the striking workers.' - Carol Furlong.
'We wish Stephen Harper would stop wasting court time and the taxpayers' money and start helping to solve the drug problem in our community.' - Mark Townsend.
When it comes to the recently announced deal on opening up the U.S. stimulus package to Canadian bids, the evidence is that Canada groveled, and then we got hosed.
'We're relatively pleased with what appears to be this government's acknowledgement that public health care is a key priority for Albertans.' - Elisabeth Ballermann.
'The report shows there’s a lot more at stake than lost child care spaces.' - Andrea Calver.
'In a tough round of bargaining, we were able to make progress on key priorities.' - BCGEU president Darryl Walker.
'How common is it for staff to witness or experience aggression in the clients they support?'
Deal comes at the price of an acknowledgment that the claims of Nortel pensioners, former employees and employees on Long-term Disability are unsecured, and rank in equal priority to those of all other unsecured creditors, including the bondholders.
Union says Harper must take action at home and abroad to show he is serious about championing maternal health and child care around the globe.
Deal includes retroactive pay for employees plus improvements in several other areas of the contract.
Almost one third of Canadians aged 35-54 expect to be working in their retirement years.
'We hope that local communities across B.C. will join Vancouver's lead.' - Darryl Walker.
200 employees locked out since September at plant in Moose Jaw.
In 1995, Canada’s House of Commons unanimously passed a motion recognizing February each year as Black History Month.
'A safe environment for participants to learn how to challenge barriers to diversity within the union and the workplace.'
'Canada is the home of serious violations of the human rights of Aboriginal women and girls.'
Date pushed back to accommodate Feb. 10 vote on a concession-laced management offer that the union is encouraging all faculty members to reject.
Celebrated American 'academic activist' tells Black History Month audience in Canada that 'activism should be a joy.'
'What Oregonians said today is they believe in public education and vital services.'
Editorial by Dale Marshall, David Suzuki Foundation (Wednesday, Feb.3, 2010)
Canada, a top ten global polluter, already with the weakest target in the industrialized world, weakened its target even further.
Ontario unions launch Communities That Work media campaign in advance of new Ontario budget in March.
Union prepared to delay its Feb. 11 strike vote deadline if necessary to assist with voting.
'This government ought to be ashamed of its failure to meet its international obligations and responsibilities.' - Judi Filion.
'We have a solution if the colleges are serious about addressing our issues.' - Ted Montgomery, chair of the OPSEU bargaining team.
Budget cuts by Campbell government hurt vulnerable young children and leave 40 highly-trained therapists without jobs.
York University professor disputes the positive assessment of Canada’s migration policies in the UN Human Development Report 2009