“We know from painful experience that taking away from the front-line workers who deliver a service leads to a weakened service,” says Jessome. “These workers are willing to stand firm to protect themselves and the people they serve. We stand with them.”
"We strongly request that you should insist that the rush to sign this new Comprehensive Agreement be halted until at least the unacceptable features we refer to are removed from the table."
Owner and supervisor of Filsinger's Organic Foods & Orchards agree to a plea bargain after the death of two migrant workers in 2010.
“Over the last two years, our members have suffered a real wage cut of five per cent. What we need this time around is a fair and reasonable agreement for our members that takes into consideration the sacrifices that they had to make in 2010 bargaining,” said Walker.
Presentations to the Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness range from child care and health care, children and women's rights, workers and the justice system for two days of hearings in Toronto.
Students should have access to affordable education no matter where they live in Canada. But that is currently not the case!
"Our members who work in provincial jails are telling us that the number of inmates with mental health or addiction problems is growing dramatically," said NUPGE's National President James Clancy. “It is an inhumane way to deal with people who need treatment, not jail time.”
Toronto (26 Jan. 2012) - Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) Region 4 Executive Board Member Chris Cormier, takes on the corporate gravy train in the following letter printed in the Jan. 13 edition of the Toronto Sun. Cormier is one of the National Union of Public and General Employees’ All Together Now! campaign's Writers 4 Change.
Members receive 7.9 per cent wage increase over four years through interest arbitration.
“HSABC/NUPGE has advocated for us as specialized health care providers, fought hard to expand our job opportunities and for the application of psychiatric nursing in the health field."
Activists from across Canada are grieving the passing of Manitoba labour activist Kathleen Ducharme.
Public invited to town hall meetings on the future of health care.
Bridgewater (24 Jan. 2012) - On Jan. 19, in Bridgewater, the Nova Scotia Citizens' Health Care Network kicked off the first in a series of traveling town hall meetings discussing the 2014 Health Accord and the future of public health care. There will be four town halls in total: Bridgewater, Truro, Berwick and Tatamagouche.
"These cuts are a direct result of chronic underfunding,” said Debbie Morphew. “Milloy can be blamed for the long waiting list for developmental services in London and the rest of Ontario.”
"The rights of the affected members have to be protected and that’s where we’ve been focusing our efforts for the last few days,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
Members of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) gathered in Victoria this week to discuss the ongoing Health Accord negotiations and various labour relations and professional practice issues. They were joined by representatives from the B.C Hospital Employees' Union.
“What we have in Ontario is privatization of alcohol sales by stealth,” Christianson concluded. “We’re losing out on millions of dollars that could be spent on public services.”
"There’s absolutely no question HEABC’s notice to cut pharmacists’ wages by 9 to 14 per cent is short-sighted and ill-considered.” - Jeanne Meyers, Executive Director, HSABC/NUPGE.
Vancouver (19 Jan. 2012) - Hospital pharmacists across B.C. are protesting a surprise unilateral announcement rolling back their wages and aggravating a critical recruitment and retention crisis.
“Our research tells us money can be saved if sheriffs take on other duties such as traffic and warrant delivery,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
Bargaining continues for HSAA/NUPGE members employed by Carewest.
Edmonton (20 Jan. 2012) - The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) exchanged initial proposals on Oct. 11, 2011 with the bargaining representatives of Carewest and met several times throughout November.
With Italy, France and Germany already in support, the UK is now the only centre-right Government amongst Europe's five biggest economies not to back the tax.
OPSEU/NUPGE welcomes its newest members
The weak food safety and inspection system of 2008 saw 23 people die from Listeriosis tainted cold cuts.
Three hundred and fifty ANCR workers will see a number of significant improvements in the new four-year deal.
“While increases to funding and eligibility for BC Gaming Grants are welcome, this announcement is a clear admission that previous community program funding cuts went too far,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“We are hoping the employers and the government realize the seriousness of the situation and put forward their best possible offer – one that we will be able to recommend to the membership.”
"These workers deserve a fair contract and respect for the important services they provide for some of the most vulnerable members of our community," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
“This lockout is not happening by accident,” said Thomas. “Canadians need to ask why it’s ok for a big US multinational company to waltz into this country, buy a company like Electro-Motive and demand that Ontario workers take a 50 per cent wage cut."
Manitoba government opens pre-budget consultations.
NAPE supports FFAW/CAW members who lost jobs due to plant closure.
"We’re prepared for any action we have to take to get our members the improved contracts they’ve earned,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“The Ministry of Community and Social Services continues to ignore the chronic funding crisis in this sector,” Thomas said. “Waiting lists across the province continue to rise with no relief in sight.”
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Ottawa (10 Jan. 2012) - The latest edition of the National Union of Public and General Employees' (NUPGE) newsletter, the ATN Campaigner, is reaching thousands of Canadians across the country this week.
Quebec minister of natural resources and wildlife remains silent about government support for the Jeffrey asbestos mine.
"It's dangerous to go down a path of looking at reducing government expenditures and dealing with the deficit, in terms of public sector's programs and services, without talking to people." - Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Public Services Foundation of Canada chairperson.
"The time has arrived to study other ways of sustaining good public services in this province through a tax system that can fund programs and services."
OPSEU workers at Humber River Regional Hospital reach arbitrated award
"Workers in Ontario — workers everywhere — benefit from the board's findings and rulings."
OPSEU members at Community Living Huntsville will vote on new tentative agreement in January.
HSAA EMS members negotiate new working conditions.
Edmonton (3 Jan. 2012) - A tentative agreement was reached for members of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) employed by Stettler Emergency Medical Services (EMS) following two days of mediation in December.
Support workers at the Clarendon Foundation achieve improved wages and working conditions through bargaining.