Nearly 25 per cent of all of Canada’s overseas investment dollars end up in tax havens.
On November 6 communities across Canada will be taking time to appreciate the valuable work that Community Social Service Workers perform across the country.
Events around Hurricane Sandy highlight the importance of government and the public sector. Both in trying prevent these extreme occurrences and in responding to them when they happen.
Authors conclude that the privatization of liquor stores in Alberta and the partial privatization in B.C. have resulted in higher prices, lower revenues for government and increased social harms in comparison to Saskatchewan’s public system.
The Harper government is trying to pass a secretive, unfair and sweeping trade deal with China without any public debate. Join with us and thousands of Canadians in calling on the Harper government to stop this dangerous deal.
"We are satisfied we have put together a fair and reasonable collective agreement package that government must accept,” said HSABC President Reid Johnson.
While previously a holdout on a Financial Transactions Tax the new coalition government of the Netherlands will join the EU initiative.
Stop ignoring critical resource needs in underfunded sector, workers tell government.
“Bill C-377 has nothing to do with taxation or tax policy, and everything to do with imposing costly burdens on unions and disclosing sensitive information to employers for strategic advantage.”
Workers at the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities reach new agreement with wage and benefit gains.
LifeLabs is looking for major concessions at the bargaining table. A strong strike mandate is needed to show solidarity and determination to reach a fair deal.
“It is one thing to have the new strategies released in May of this year; it is another for them to be fully implemented and making a difference in people’s lives.” - Joan Jessome, Coalition Co-Chairperson.
"Alcohol is not just another consumer product. It is a drug and we need to examine the potential impact of changes to how we sell it." - Bob Bymoen, President SGEU
New video by Operation Maple provides people with an introduction to the little talked about free trade agreement that Canadians need to know more about!
“B.C. Liberal government has put vulnerable families last on its priority list." BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“Going forward, the SCA needs to clarify its vision for its employees and adopt a third-party mediation/arbitration process to ensure that the next round of bargaining is more effective.” - SGEU President Bob Bymoen.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) taking striking Participation Lodge members message to the public in new radio ads now on seven different stations.
Members demonstrate demand for an equitable settlement by voting 89% in favour of strike action.
"ISC meets the needs of Saskatchewan people. Selling this Crown is just not in the best interests of the province." - SGEU President Bob Bymoen
The rally is about changes to the Employment Insurance system - changes that are hurting Islanders.
NAPE’s concerns regarding the Protective Community Residence in Lewisporte is a prime example of the negative impact that cuts are having on our province’s healthcare system.
The All Together Now! campaign has launched a new video, three new publications and the latest newsletter to help fight for tax fairness and quality public services.
Ottawa (25 Oct 2012) -The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) launched the All Together Now! campaign in 2010.
The goal is to change the national dialogue to recognize and address the problem of income inequality in Canada.
The campaign has developed and promoted an analysis of the causes and consequences of income inequality and four broad solutions:
"Our goal all along was to allow our members control of the pensions that they themselves have paid for year after year,” Warren (Smokey) Thomas
According to projections in the new CCPA-NS report, CETA and NS: Who pays for 'free' trade?, the CETA could result in between 510 and 2587 net job losses in Nova Scotia.
October 24 marks the 12th anniversary of the Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educators Appreciation Day in Ontario.
Union argues that the policy not only breaches the collective agreement but also violates members’ privacy rights, and rights guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Gawronsky began her working career as a Health Care Aide (HCA) in the nursing home in Vita in 1976 and began her union activism in the 1980′s due to a workplace issue.
How do we fund quality public services in the future? Who should benefit and who will have to pay? These were the topics of Peter Waldorff's speech at the “Education in Crisis” seminar in Brussels.
Lay offs of Employment Standards Officers will weaken the enforcement of labour rights for part-time marginalized workers in the province.
“It is time for government and health employers to engage in meaningful bargaining” - BCGEU/NUPGE President Darryl Walker.
Wall government considers privatizing despite the fact that ISC has posted nearly $100 million in net income most of which returned to the people of Saskatchewan.
“With our aging population and the demands being placed on our healthcare system today, these individuals are truly unsung heroes” - MGEU/NUPGE President Lois Wales.
NAPE calls for legislation to protect all public service and government agency workers.
Significant progress after more than seven years since a legal challenge was filed.
On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is urging its members to support the Dignity for All Campaign.
Members will be conducting strategically targeted strike action on specific days in specific communities around B.C.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) President Warren "Smokey" Thomas on the resignation of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The employer is insisting on concessions that will cut benefits and job security for casual and contract workers.
“This employer must come back to the table with a fair deal before the strike deadline,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “These workers have been without a contract for long enough.”
Research finds that the EU proposal would likely add an average life of 2.66 years to a typical drug patent increasing Canadian drug costs by between $795 million and $1.95 billion annually.
“If we band together and act as one, we can change Walmart.”
“Once again, health care workers have chosen OPSEU/NUPGE as the union that has the experience and innovation to best represent them in these changing times,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
This legislation gives the government the right to impose contracts, ban strikes and lock outs and circumvent the courts, the Human Rights Code and the province's own collective bargaining legislation.
Hospital, nursing home and diagnostic treatment centre and emergency health workers who play a vital role in ensuring the health British Columbians resume negotiations for a fair deal.
The members at Francis Memorial Hospital have achieved wage and benefit parity with all other HPD members, under terms of the central agreement.
Ontario community faculty members prepare for the next round of bargaining, intent on changing management's mind on a number of critical issues in the teaching and learning environment.
"The HSPBA believes it is possible to get to a deal that does not erode benefits, and will take that message to the table,” said Jeanne Meyers, HSABA lead negotiator.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is encouraging Canadians to take the opportunity on World Mental Health Day to learn more about mental illness, as well as ways to promote positive mental health.
“As Manitobans, we all have to realize that services are always affected. Any position you eliminate, even through attrition, is going to have an impact on the services delivered to Manitobans." - Lois Wales, MGEU President.
"Walmart workers need to know that they are not alone in their fight for labour rights. At NUPGE, we know that labour rights are human rights." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
If approved by the legislature, the Protecting Public Services bill would allow the government to not just freeze the wages it pays to unionized employees — ranging from nurses to home care workers to hydro linemen — but roll them back.
“Thanks to our members, the campaign we waged helped convince the government that this was the right move." - Lois Wales, MGEU President.
"The government knows this. The only reason for the government to want to come to the bargaining table is to demand concessions, cuts and pave the way for privatizing and selling off public services." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"Everyone has the right to a safe workplace and that includes the men and women who work in our correctional centres.” - Component Chairperson, Dean Purdy.
Details still need to be worked out but 11 EU finance ministers agree to impose tax as part of measures needed to curb risky speculative trading practices.
Ed Broadbent on ways to bridge Canada’s growing income gap, and why the one per cent should care.
"To make a difference, Canadians need to pressure our government to take on the issue of income inequality head-on." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Members of the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals (MAHCP) gave presentations to the Minister on their occupations highlighting the unique and common challenges that each are facing.
“The IFH Program is in disarray and being mismanaged and the health of all refugees is being placed at risk,” said Dr. Philip Berger, Chief of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital.
On October 3, OPSEU/NUPGE members voted on tentative agreement that will see wage and benefit improvements in 2013.
"This government is not interested in a genuine conversation with stakeholders on how we can improve and expand the post-secondary education system," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"Austerity measures will exacerbate the economic challenges we face and create undue hardship on many of our province’s most vulnerable citizens,” says Walker.
Because of the government's fiscal mandate, monetary items such as wages, benefits and employment security that were prioritized by the membership, remain outstanding.
“We have asked the ILO to condemn the government’s action, and to use all available means to ensure that Canada meets its international obligations.” - Dave Ritchie, IAM Canadian General Vice President.
"Ask why the government wants to break unions and there is a simple answer. Unions are groups of organized workers. They pose a threat to a government that is paranoid." - Joe Spence, Ottawa Citizen.
Bargaining continues throughout the month of October for NSGEU/NUPGE employed by the Nova Scotia government.
Members concerns addressed in tentative agreement for B.C. nurses.
“Dalton McGuinty has tossed his so-called ‘green agenda’ into the trash can,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
McGuinty uses slight of hand announcement to further his austerity agenda: announces hiring of 18 ESA officers one day; lays off 19 days later.
"No job is more important, and few are as difficult or as dangerous," said Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.