“We are pleased to have a new three year collective agreement for the members, who provide laundry services for Capital Health, IWK, South Shore and Colchester regional hospitals,” says Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
The rich and the rest of us: A northern forum on jobs, inequality, and the future of Ontario – January 8, 2013.
Sudbury (21 Dec. 2012) - Inequality is on the rise in Ontario. Wages are falling; profits are soaring. The poor are getting poorer, the middle class is shrinking and the top one per cent is getting a lot richer. The public services we all depend on are being slashed to pay for tax cuts for the richest corporations in the country.
The agreement includes wage increases in each year of the agreement, as well as new language on travel compensation, performance appraisals and maternity leave.
More dates scheduled for negotiations in January 2013.
"The real threat to our economy is the constant attack on the wages of Canadians, something being encouraged by the Harper government. When people have less income, they spend less, or they borrow more and they have less to save for retirement. None of these scenarios help build a stable economy," continued Clancy.
Negotiations began in October and the bargaining committee worked diligently and productively with PSEA and employer representatives to achieve these agreements.
"We want much more than poverty, violence, exploitation and murder for Aboriginal Women." – Michèle Audette, Native Women’s Association of Canada.
AODSP members are handing out postcards calling on MPPs to support a humane system of income and vocational supports for people with disabilities.
Pay Equity...it starts with you! campaign by the Coalition for Pay Equity in New Brunswick continues its important work.
Outstanding issues such as wages, parental leave and contracting out remain unresolved.
Richard Wilkinson, one of the world’s most preeminent researchers on social inequalities, and author of the Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone will kick of the CFLR conference as the keynote speaker.
We will be doing a disservice to our collective goal of achieving greater equality if all Canadians don't mount a spirited and vigorous offence in support of labour rights and unions.
Bargaining for BCGEU/NUPGE members have reached an impasse.
Join workers from Community Living Greater Sudbury at a rally to back reasonable contract demands in bargaining today from 11 a.m. until noon.
For too long, women have been having conversations in isolation from each other about the current context that women and women’s organizations find themselves in.
"Manitobans are going to be paying more for this service, and if other provinces' experiences are a barometer, we’re going to lose jobs while we’re at it." - Michelle Gawronsky, President MGEU/NUPGE
Workers from thirteen agencies were off the job December 13, sending a strong message to government: stop putting vulnerable families last, and provide the resources needed to improve wages and working conditions.
Alirio Uribe Muñoz, President of Colombia's Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective (CCAJAR), was accompanied by Pascal Paradis from Lawyers Without Borders Canada (LWBC) to a meeting with NUPGE's National Executive Board.
"Instead of doing photo opportunities with pop stars or newlyweds or kissing babies he should be meeting with Chief Theresa Spence in an effort to help First Nations communities.” - James Clancy, National President, NUPGE
Eleven EU countries received overwhelming support to pursue introduction of Financial Transactions Tax. The countries involved account for 90 per cent of the Eurozone's Gross Domestic Product.
“Quality childcare services help UBC recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff. This reality must be reflected in the pay scales for its early childhood educators."
Homes First management is asking for major concessions in contract talks. Show your support for the workers who provide housing and support services for those in need.
It is estimated that migrant workers have contributed $3.4 million annually into Canada's Employment Insurance scheme. However it was not until 2002 that some migrant workers started to access special benefits.
Ratification vote to be held in early January 2013.
"We need the federal government to take a stronger role in monitoring the sector and making regulations mandatory rather than leaving it up to the discretion of self-interested big business." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
SGEU/NUPGE hosts family Christmas party to kick off the holiday season.
MGEU/NUPGE members to vote on new contract in January 2013.
“We have been at the table for nine months trying to work with health employers to find solutions to the crisis in recruitment and retention that’s hurting the system’s ability to deliver the quality health care British Columbians deserve.” - Reid Johnson, HSABC President.
SFU Childcare employer refuses to address outstanding issues in bargaining, walks away from table.
After a decade of cuts and neglect, community workers believe the B.C. government needs to re-fund community-based social services programs.
Send a message to Prime Minister Harper expressing your concern about the lack of action to protect Indigenous women from harm and to prosecute the perpetrators of violence.
“The principle of wage parity is very important to the membership who works alongside other Capital Health employees doing the exact same job.”
Tentative agreement reached with Shoppers Drug Mart on the heels of the announcement the company will not renew its contract with Alberta Health Services.
I am asking our members and all Canadians to join us in supporting a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“This agreement provides a solid foundation for local bargaining committees to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
The actions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs are out of step with the tradition of diplomacy that Canadians have been so proud of. The belligerent bully is not the persona that I want my country to adopt on the world stage.
"People know that when economic injustice and inequality exist, our families and our communities suffer. Economic well being is a human right that must be protected." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"The message this legislation sends to motorists is a positive and necessary one: give us room to work and do your part to ensure that health and safety is the first priority on our roads and highways." - Wayne Chacun, MGEU/NUPGE paramedic.
“In many communities they are their family’s sole income earners. Why does Tim Hudak want to kill off these jobs that help build strong communities?”
"We already have six or seven layers of upper and middle management above most unionized workers in government. Why would we need to take another layer of employees out of the union and add them to this managerial bureaucracy?" asked Bymoen.
The Ontario government’s attack on public structures and public service workers is political, said Thomas. “And the solution is political.”
Information sessions will be held in early January 2013 to review the content of the employer's final offer.
After six weeks of rotating strikes, community social service workers, including Aboriginal service workers are still trying to negotiate wage parity.
NAPE/NUPGE welcomes twenty-seventh group of home care workers to the union.
Two important events may shape the future of Medicare: the expiration of the Health Accord in 2014 and the federal election in 2015.
Members are encouraged to attend the information session on December 7 to find out more about the conciliation process.
New agreement avoids layoffs and contracting out.
Health science professionals delay job action by one day – pharmacists to be reduced December 6.