"By working cooperatively, we can meet key challenges and opportunities the union faces, and we can empower the membership." - Debbie Bovyer, newly elected PEIUPSE President.
“We are looking for a fair and reasonable agreement, but the government is not listening." - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
NUPGE leadership activists discuss strategy and develop skills to confront the biggest challenge facing workers today: growing income equality.
Keene (30 Aug. 2012) - The exceptional skill and ability of labour activists was front and centre during the National Union of Public and General Employees' (NUPGE) 14th Annual Leadership Development School. The school held yearly at Elmhirst's Resort, on the north shore of Rice Lake, just outside Peterborough hosted activists from August 25 to August 31.
This Labour Day in 2012, NUPGE celebrates the legacy of those who came before us and we commit to continue the fight for fairness.
Arbitration decision to be handed down in November 2012.
“With the death of Greg Blanchard, NUPGE and the entire labour movement has lost one of its strongest and most spirited leaders.” - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Ottawa (28 Aug. 2012) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is mourning the loss of Greg Blanchard, one of its founding leaders and long-time activists.
"It is not the inexorable march of global economics alone, but rather choices – choices in public budgets, and in economic and social policy – that have failed to rein in the increasing income inequality distributed by the private market and aided in propelling us down this path."
Negotiations resume for NSGEU/NUPGE members at Northwood's Ivany House as strike countdown continues.
“College faculty have put students first,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “OPSEU stands with college students across the province. We pledge to continue to ensure that the quality education Ontario’s students deserve is protected.”
Community Health Service and Support workers have not had a wage increase since 2009. They are paid less than acute care workers with the same duties.
“This incident should set alarms ringing for officials at Manitoba Health, and at regional health authorities across Manitoba, about what we’re putting our medics through and what changes need to be made.” - Lois Wales, MGEU President.
New contract reached for NSGEU/NUPGE at Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres.
The primary issues identified by members are wages, benefits, sick leave and reimbursable expenses.
Blanchard credited with leading NSGEU/NUPGE through its transformation from a civil service association to a union with a diverse membership from across the public sector.
As in previous years, Health Sciences Association of British Columbia encourages health care workers who work in patient care areas to be vaccinated annually against influenza.
Vancouver (27 Aug. 2012) - British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall has announced new measures for influenza prevention among health care workers and patients.
“The Colleges have ignored faculty demands, asked for major concessions, and demanded a wage freeze. Their delays and refusal to budge on key issues have demonstrated ill-will from the start of negotiations.” Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Program will not benefit majority of Canadians preparing for retirement.
Strike vote was taken over 2 days, August 20 and 21, 2012, after the employer served 72 hour lockout notice to the union.
Strike vote was taken over two days, August 20 and 21, 2012, after the employer served 72 hour lockout notice to the union.
Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, on what to expect regarding Internet surveillance bill, often referred to as lawful access.
“There are many ongoing discussions on very promising sources of funds, like a financial transaction tax, which is also called the Robin Hood Tax,” Karen Orenstein, Friends of the Earth.
The Law Commission of Ontario provides the provincial government with over 50 strong recommendations on how to improve the precarious working conditions of vulnerable workers.
“When workers, through their unions, are able to bargain freely for decent wages, benefits and pensions, there are benefits for the middle class and for society as a whole." - Ken Georgetti, CLC President.
Thomas said the timing of the announcement was peculiar, coming on the heels of government plans to hold teachers and other public sector workers to salary freezes and in some cases, roll back of wages and benefits.
Correctional officers inside Ontario's 29 correctional facilities, some 3000 in all, are today wearing their own protective vests in a show of solidarity with their colleagues at HWDC.
Conciliation talks unable to reach agreement.
“Every worker should be able to go to work knowing that their life and physical safety is guaranteed." - Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary
“Even by the standards of this government, which has gone after the deficit with outrageous abandon, the loss of highly-skilled experts in crime fighting is beyond comprehension,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Union asks Labour Relations Board to rule lockout illegal.
More government worksites struck to bring pressure on government to negotiate a new collective agreement.
“This report amounts to an admission that the B.C. government’s forest policies have failed,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“OPSEU is calling on this employer to wake up and see that their games and delays are unacceptable,” says OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
B.C. Human Rights Tribunal orders company to pay woman fired for being pregnant.
Vancouver (22 Aug. 2012) - A woman who was fired after disclosing to her boss that she was pregnant has received an $11,000 settlement from the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
With Europe in a financial crisis the question remains how far is Canada willing to go to achieve a deal?
Ottawa (16 Aug. 2012) – While negotiators for the proposed Canada-European Union trade deal say that negotiations are in the final stages, serious concerns continue to be raised about some of the provisions expected to be in the agreement. It is reported that negotiators have reached agreement on 3/4s of the text but that there are some serious issues remaining to be addressed.
OPSEU/NUPGE members are trying to resolve outstanding issues in bargaining before strike deadline.
Governments have a role to play in ensuring citizens live healthy lives.
Ottawa (15 Aug. 2012) - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) released results of a poll indicating that the health of Canadians is suffering due to the widening gap between the rich and poor in Canada. Results show that one in four Canadians earning less than $30,000 a year say they have put off, or stopped buying, prescription drugs because they can’t afford them; one in four has skipped meals.
"The three-way worker-agency-client employment relationship poses challenges to the effectiveness of agency injury prevention initiatives." - Institute for Work and Health
“There is a lot of work ahead and the employer should understand that the membership is determined to see them live up to this agreement and the process it outlines.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Health workers looking for more movement from employers when bargaining resumes.
MGEU/NUPGE is touring the province to solicit ideas and feedback from EMS members on what the union will eventually present to the EMS Review committee, a meeting tentatively scheduled for the end of August.
Talks break down for OPSEU/NUPGE members; arbitrator sought.
The dispute, dating back to 2009, revolves around whether or not “bumping”, or layoff by reverse seniority, is permitted under the Civil Service Act.
Fredericton (10 Aug. 2012) - The New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees (NBU/NUPGE) is welcoming a decision by the New Brunswick Court of Appeal.
NSGEU has served 48-hour notice to strike and is readying to commence strike action on Monday, Aug. 13 at 7am should there be no progress in negotiations over the weekend.
Federal government appointed arbitrator was management lawyer for Canada Post and a three time candidate for the Conservatives – "a reasonable and sensible person might worry that the arbitrator is biased because of these two reasons."
Ruling based on the 2011 Supreme Court of Canada Fraser decision which provided a narrow and unworkable interpretation of the right to collective bargaining.
The union chose to conduct strike action at these work sites to back demands for a fair and reasonable agreement with the B.C. Government and to support BCGEU/NUPGE members’ wage proposal.
The study warns that these cuts will damage progress made towards gender equality.
“By now it must be evident to Madelaine Meilleur that you can’t cram 450 inmates into a facility designed for 150 and not expect serious and dangerous problems to eventually erupt.” - OPSEU/NUPGE president Warren (Smokey) Thomas
This will be the second job action this summer in support of proposals for a new contract with the B.C. Government.
Unions have made life better for all workers and their families. So, if government waters down laws that protect workers, and muzzles unions - who will be left to speak out for workplace rights?
August 1, 2012 marks year of terrible agricultural policy with the destruction of the Canadian Wheat Board single desk.
France the first country in the European Union to introduce a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions.