On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on governments in Canada to make the goal of accessibility and inclusion for all people a priority.
Most willing to pay higher taxes to support policies that improve quality of life.
This years World Health Organization theme for World Aids Day, December 1, Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination. Zero AIDS Related Deaths is ambitious but achievable says the National Union.
LPNs have input on new regulations governing duties.
Find out where your MPP stands on privatizing public services.
Over 1,000 people take to the street to speak out for fair taxes everywhere at Public Services International.
"If the TD bank took it's own findings seriously, it would tell the government to act now by investing in this much needed and long overdue public service. Waiting only hurts Canadian families and our economy more." - James Clancy, NUPGE President.
Lifelabs looking for concessions, even in mediation.
"The best way for any nation to combat income inequalty is to ensure its common wealth is used for its common good." - Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Alberta VP and HSAA President.
"We urge the government to consider the value of Crown corporations before dismantling public institutions that have provided excellent service and good returns to Saskatchewan people over the years." - Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
Université Sainte-Anne looking for concessions in bargaining with NSGEU/NUPGE members.
Employer argued for wage freeze; Arbitration Board disagreed saying it "would create unfair disparity."
"We are pleased to see our CLBC members approve this deal, which is fair and reasonable by every measure, and was achieved without making concessions to the contract,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
Supporters are encouraged to contact Fran Perkins, Chair of the Board at Homes First and Patricia Mueller, Executive Director to tell them to put dignity first at Homes First.
Two-year proposed settlement reached after nine months of difficult negotiations.
"No one should be sentenced to death or imprisonment just for being gay." Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of ITUC.
In response, Unions representing health science professionals issue 72 hours strike notice. But no job action is being planned at this time.
College of Licensed Practical Nurses verifies that there has been a significant increase in the responsibilities of LPNs in their professional role within province's health care system.
"Walmart is more concerned about furthering its low-wage, McJobs agenda intended to line the pockets of company executives while their workers barely scrape by." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“This situation is clear proof of the dangers of contracting out vital hospital services. If these workers were still under the roof of AHS, the corporate drive for profits would not be a factor and we would not be in this situation." - Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President.
OPSEU/NUPGE members hold information picket today to back demands for new contract at Homes First.
NAPE/NUPGE members with Springdale Town Council ratify four year collective agreement with 13 per cent wage increase.
OPSEU/NUPGE members employed in the Ontario public service are invited to join the conversation about bargaining on November 28 and 29.
"Our bargaining team has proposed reasonable improvements that will help keep these highly specialized health science professionals from going to other provinces to work,” Reid Johnson, HSABC President said.
DiverseCity is going on strike to send a clear message to the B.C. government: stop putting vulnerable families last!
"Douglas College support staff deserve a fair and reasonable wage increase in line with what support staff at other post secondary institutions have received," said Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
ISC earned $93.3 million for Saskatchewan people from 2007-2011.
“Manitobans have every right to ask Premier Selinger: What programs and services is he looking to cut and why would he endanger economic growth in this way?”
"Surely, this will send the message to the employer and the B.C. government that members are serious about getting a fair and reasonable agreement." - BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“When you take away those dollars in the name of austerity and deficit-busting, a child and their family are negatively impacted. Is this the sort of legacy our government has chosen to adopt?” - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
If Conservatives succeed in killing or weakening unions, the real victims will be the Canadian middle class. Union jobs form the foundation of the middle class, even though many members of that class do not belong to unions.
"I can’t understand why there would be no mention of these details when the Minister was face-to-face with the working people directly affected by this legislation,” said Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
“Our members at Main Street Project do an amazing job in the face of a very challenging work environment." - Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President.
MGEU/NUPGE making headway on Sherriff issues across the province.
BCGEU/NUPGE support staff members at BCIT picket again; vocational instructors take strike vote Monday.
Employees at Calgary outpatient pharmacies warn public care levels being undermined
Individually and collectively these members did what it takes to protect the quality services they deliver to the people they care for in their community."
Management, staff and community pulls together to handle hospital evacuation in Labrador City.
Community social service workers strike in Surrey.
"Canadians are looking for action on predatory service fees and the outrageous costs of mobile services, not just another lecture about how to spend more wisely."
Harper government giving into European drug patent demands during free trade negotiations. Move could raise drug prices in Canada by as much as $1 billion.
“Douglas College support staff deserve a fair and reasonable deal,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
European Trade Union Confederation is calling upon Europe’s leaders to demonstrate their determination to deal with the deterioration in employment and to respond to the growing social anxiety felt by Europe’s citizens.
“This isn’t about wage freezes or concessions. This is about the future of our province, and protecting accountable, reliable and cost-effective services.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
We’re happy to be able to contribute to the community, and this luncheon just gets more and more successful every year,” said Gawronsky.
Congratulations to all the students awarded NAPE/NUPGE scholarships.
Strike action called off as tentative agreement reached.
Community social service workers rotating strike action continues in B.C.
“We are up against a very predatory employer who wants nothing more than to drive down further the low wages our members already earn,” said Florry Foster, OPSEU President, Local 137.
Revised offer differs very little from the one members rejected in October; members head to arbitration.
“Today’s announcement means the privatization of government SAP services and the loss of 65 jobs within government." - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Newfoundland Conservative government announces it will seek changes to public sector pensions.
“This is probably the best deal in the children’s aid sector in the last few years found anywhere in Ontario.” - Chrisy Tremblay, OPSEU Local 454 President.
Since October 16, rotating strike action in community social services has impacted agencies in Vancouver, Kamloops, Prince George and Victoria.
Members feedback key to MPI rethinking its final offer proposal.
"Saskatchewan liquor stores have earned $1 billion for the people of our province in the last five years," Bymoen pointed out. "Why would we want to turn revenue from liquor sales over to out-of-province, private businesses?"
Union representatives tell senior CBS executives that their organization is inconsistent in the way it handles labour relations, creating frustrations among staff and inefficiencies for the employer.
BCIT support staff have been working without a contract since June 20, 2010.
Join striking community health workers in the first series of strike action on November 7 in downtown Vancouver.
New contract for BCGEU/NUPGE members sees wage increases, allowance improvements, employment security measure and a cancelled privatization process for liquor distribution services.
“I would like to thank the membership for placing their trust in me to represent their interests as President." - Debbie Bovyer, PEIUPSE President.
Those facing mental health issues need more support, not less.
Congratulations fo Yvonne Lewis and Norma Gunn for being recognized by the Durham Labour Council for their work at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.
“It’s clear that government and public sector employers can settle agreements in some sectors within government’s overall negotiating mandate,” says Walker. “I’ll be urging health employers to return to the table with a more flexible approach to our talks.”
Union members contribute to province's food banks.
“Over 14,000 community health and support workers have been waiting for a deal since January. This is simply not good enough; our members deserve a fair deal.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“Like many Canadians who witness frequent abuses of migrant workers, we are seriously concerned that the limited rules governing the TFWP are not being respected.” - Ken Georgetti, CLC President.
Harper government cuts funding from the Canadian Conference of the Arts and refuses to provide time for it to become self-sufficient.
“After seven months at the bargaining table the employer was unable to respond to our framework agreement, and had nothing to table in response. Our members have been patient, but that patience has run out." - Reid Johnson, HSABC President.
Strike avoided as OPSEU/NUPGE members accept tentative agreement.
"When the government cuts a dollar in health-care spending to balance its books, it is the patients who bleed." - HSAA/NUPGE submission to government's Dollars and Sense consultations.
NSGEU/NUPGE are helping families across Nova Scotia prepare for the winter months.