Tips for emergency preparedness: E-course available May 6-12, 2012 from Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
Online survey by Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) found that Newfoundland and Labrador has the dubious distinction of having five of the top 10 worst roads in the region.
The federal government has hidden important changes to environmental and pipeline policy inside the omnibus budget bill.
Contract termination fees capped at $50 by Nova Scotia NDP.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on Quebec Premier Jean Charest to defend public and accessible post-secondary education and negotiate in good faith with striking students.
Ottawa (03 May 2012) - More than 170,000 post-secondary students in Quebec have been on strike for the past 12 weeks.
Watch new video interviews from the Women 4 Change training session.
Modern day Robin Hoods disrupt traffic in financial district chanting "Tax Wall Street and End AIDS".
New York (27 April 2012) - A number of activists with AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and Occupy Wall Street, dressed in Robin Hood costumes, were arrested in New York following a protest in the financial district.
The myriad assaults on the nation being implemented by Harper are really just the latest chapter in what has been a revolution of lowered expectations: a deliberate and systematic culture war on ordinary Canadians' deeply held values about the role of government.
Trade Justice Network publishes fact sheets debunking Harper government's myths about the benefits of EU-Canada free trade.
Conciliation talks are scheduled for May for NSGEU members employed by VON.
"The MGEU will make sure that what they’ve said this past Tuesday will continue to hold true over the next few years.” - Lois Wales, MGEU President.
"It is unacceptable that these dedicated workers are vilified in the Legislature for protecting themselves from harm at work.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Harper government trying to undermine sustainable development at UNCTAD conference in Doha today, say Canadian civil society organizations.
The work of union members is showcased in new commercials aired in New Brunwsick.
Fredericton (25 April 2012) - The New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees (NBUPPE/NUPGE) has launched a television campaign to highlight the work its members are doing around the province.
Lack of progress at the bargaining table has committee negotiaing essential service levels.
Nobody really knows the cost of cutting oversight agencies but without the proper information we run the risk of making serious problems even worse and, in the long term, that will cost all of us.
“After a long period of negotiations, the employer is still unwilling to offer any improvements in any areas of the contract,” says Debra Critchley, BCGEU staff representative.
Overwhelming strike vote by NSGEU members at Northwood Bedford West to support bargaining.
"These specialists are often unrecognized by the public as an essential part of the health care team because most of their work is carried out behind the scenes," said Furlong.
"The public sector offers good paying jobs, effective social programs, and public policy that not only generates wealth in the province but ensures that wealth is fairly distributed.” - PEIUPSE President Shelley Ward.
We are at a time in our history, I believe, where we are on the doorstep of enormous change." - HSABC President, Reid Johnson.
Vancouver (20 April 2012) - Members of the Health Sciences Association of British Columbia (HSABC/NUPGE), the union delivering modern health care that represents health sciences professionals who deliver diagnosis, treatment and recovery in BC’s hospitals and communities, is meeting over the weekend at its 41st annual convention in Vancouver.
“The economy is still in the tank. Nothing in the provincial budget leads me to believe we are on the road to job creation to enhance fairness,” said Thomas. “Though we do have a tremendous fight on our hands, we are up to the challenge.”
Tentative agreement reached for members at Brandon University.
Increased workloads are getting in the way of providing quality services, say the people who provide support to injured workers.
“We commend the government of Nova Scotia for this initiative and we would like them to know that if there is anything we can do as a public sector union to work together to help stop bullying in schools and in the workplace, we will be there.”
This week Harper's Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver announced that new legislation to splinter the current environmental review process will be tabled very soon. Maybe it will be just in time for Earth Day!
"This book makes the connection between labour rights and human rights. It brings together the perspectives of a group of prominent individuals who share the view that labour rights and independent unions are essential for democratic and just societies.”
“After a billion dollars in tax cuts over the last several years, we think it’s time to look at the revenue side of the ledger. “ - Lois Wales, MGEU President.
Slow progress is being made in bargaining for health science professionals in B.C.
Vancouver (18 April 2012) - Bargaining at the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) table continues to make slow but steady progress, Chief Negotiator Jeanne Meyers reported.
Like most public sector union contracts in the province, the agreement expired March 31, 2012.
"Today’s cuts to Aboriginal health and well-being will be tomorrow’s burden.” - Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, president of NWAC.
Sections 15 and 28 are part of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because of the historic activism of Canadian women.
NUPGE’s ACWI members become Women 4 Change activists as part of the All Together Now! campaign on April 23-24, 2012.
National Union sees decision to cut award winning prison rehabilitation program as yet another example of Harper government focusing too much on the punitive aspect of criminal justice and too little on the preventative.
"We want all of Local 554 to know that we are behind them 100 per cent, ready to do what it takes to assist them in securing a fair contract.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Seine River School Division support members of MGEU/NUPGE vote on a renewed collective agreement.
“We want C4Ps to focus on a positive message which talks about the impact workplace pensions have in providing seniors with decent retirement income as well as creating a strong and healthy economy.”
HSAA/NUPGE members employed by AHS/Covenant Health start voting on tentative agreement.
Edmonton (16 April 2012) - On March 22, the Health Sciences ASsociation of Alberta reached a tentative agreement with Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health. The bargaining committee has recommended approval of the new contract.
"We continue to believe that the Provincial Template Table is the best way to reach a coordinated, fair and reasonable agreement in the post secondary sector.” - BCGEU President, Darryl Walker.
For the first time, NSGEU/NUPGE representatives will share in the decision-making about the plan’s assets and will have a say about what to do if the plan is over or underfunded.
Cellular customers still getting gauged by high costs and unexpected fees; Ontario says it will introduce new legislation.
Without workers to maintain area roads, NAPE/NUPGE is concerned with upcoming closure of Placentia highway depot.
"It seems like an easy choice to us. We're choosing care and commitment instead of conflict," says Edwards. "We are disappointed that the government is willing to put patient care at
risk," he adds.
Regina (13 April 2012) - Saskatchewan's cancer care workers hold firm in their commitment to put patient care first, according to the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE).
(TORONTO – 12 avril 2012) – La réduction des inégalités au niveau des revenus est la mesure à prendre en priorité pour maintenir des services publics de qualité en Ontario, confirme un rapport intérimaire publié aujourd'hui par la Fondation des services publics du Canada (FSPC).
“Austerity,” she said, “is not the remedy. Austerity will only increase inequality and push up demand for public services. It will reduce government revenues and drive up the deficit over time.”
Help get a deal! Write to the York University President to tell him to negotiate a fair collective agreement.
“This settlement sets a minimum standard for decent contracts in the Developmental Services sector. No one should be getting less,” says OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Workers prepare for strike vote after negotiations are unsuccessful.
NUPGE members to discuss a broad range of issues as provincial governments threaten cuts to social programs.
“Our members have spoken clearly: no more zeroes for the 2012 round of bargaining.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Workers at Nain Inuit Community Government ratify new collective agreement with significant improvements.
“Providing services to the vulnerable members of our community are clearly not a priority for this agency. If these top three managers received substantial wage increases, it makes you wonder what the other managers got.”
During April, the Not Myself Today campaign intends to mobilize all Canadians in a movement to transform the way we think about, act towards and support mental health.
NSGEU/NUPGE health care workers employed by the Capital District Health Authority could be on strike April 25.
"It’s hard to believe that in the wake of this economic growth the Ghiz government is cutting hundreds of jobs that will hurt families and business across PEI.” - Shelley Ward, PEIUPSE President.
“The Westray story is a complex mosaic of actions, omissions, mistakes, incompetence, apathy, cynicism, stupidity and neglect,” said Mr. Justice Peter Richard in his report on the explosion and fire at the coal mine in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, that killed 26 miners on May 9, 1992.
“Paramedics have been extremely vocal in the recent past about issues that impact on safety and patient care and clearly the results of this survey underline we have reason for concern,” said MGEU President Lois Wales
“This is going to be devastating. Taking libraries out of schools is like taking food out of the cafeteria,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
“Public service workers have been reasonable in this province over the past two years. They have done their fair share for the economy of Nova Scotia.”
Halifax (05 April 2012) - “The public sector has done its fair share,” said Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE).
ILO asks the Ontario government “to lift any obstacle in law and practice” which continues to hinder part-time college workers from exercising their right to join a union and bargain collectively.
While most non-monetary proposals have been tabled, monetary issues have yet to be discussed.
NSGEU/NUPGE health care workers show support for bargaining demands at information picket on April 4.
The ILO “has been expressing concern for many years on the exclusion of wide categories of workers from statutory protection of freedom of association and on the restrictions on the right to strike in several provinces.”
NAPE/NUPGE becomes union of choice for more home care workers.
“This ILO report is very troubling… It damages the human rights reputation of Canada and many of our provinces."
“The Hogg report is very detailed and offers a much more reasonable plan for creating a sustainable and independent NSCAD than is contained within the Windsor report, which is the report the government chose to make public.”
PEI government issues lay-off notices to 200 seasonal highway maintenance workers.
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"We presented the government with concrete proposals that would produce hundreds of millions of dollars in new annual revenues and savings,” says Walker. “Government negotiators showed no interest in these proposals."
"We want the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to be aware that LPNs are a highly qualified and vital part of the nursing team and our health care system,” said Furlong.
AGO CEO received a 293 per cent increase in three years while workers must fight to negotiate a fair collective agreement.
Tentative agreement reached for NSGEU members at the Cape Breton Regional Police Services.