The public has a right to know and needs to know result of HQCA investigation.
President of the Korean Government Employees’ Union (KGEU), Kim Jungnam, went on a hunger strike on January 15 in protest of the dismissal of 137 workers, including the KGEU General Secretary and President, for their trade union activities.
"This new collective agreement offers strong wage improvements and some important new language to ensure progress is made with key issues in the workplace." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Health-care union fears other programs may be cut.
BCGEU/NUPGE members have not taken the decision to strike lightly. Members are seeking a fair and reasonable settlement. The main issues are wages and employer demands for concessions.
The outstanding issues are job security, contracting out of bargaining unit work, scheduling and availability. Monetary issues also remain unresolved. UPDATED
Improved sick leave language saves members short-term disability payments.
More specialized health care positions needed to ensure access to health care.
Support workers ratify contract at Mount St. Vincent.
Striking workers want to send a clear message to the B.C. government: stop putting the squeeze on community living and other community-based social services!
“It is time for the Saskatoon Health Region to be more accountable to the public and policymakers for its under-staffing of addictions and mental health services, and the unfair pressure this creates on other public services, including the police.” - Karen Wasylenko President Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan
New report from Canadian Labour Congress says tax freedom day is coming earlier for the country's corporations, thanks to aggressive government tax cuts.
Union calling on new leader of Ontario Liberal Party to make fairness the guiding principle of her government when she becomes the province’s first-ever female Premier.
MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky sits down with Aboriginal activist Michael Redhead Champagne to discuss the Idle No More movement and talk about why the federal government is being asked to “re-set” the relationship with Aboriginal peoples in this country.
In an article in the Chronicle-Herald the provinces' Finance Minister, Maureen MacDonald, states that “the government has no interest in privatization”.
Twenty-five years ago, on January 28, 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned our country’s criminal abortion law in historic decision that gave women the right to abortion on request without restrictions.
Common Causes launches in communities across Canada January 28.
"Our Sisters are on the frontlines of the struggle to reduce income inequality everyday. Our union and the movement is stronger because of the leadership role they play in communities and workplaces across this country." — James Clancy, NUPGE President.
"We have two messages coming out of government." — Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
"We are asking delegates to consider which candidates have the closest ties to Bay Street, which candidates draw their support from big corporations. Our new Premier must put people before profits,” says Thomas.
The consultant’s report says that the current ICM solution is not meeting child protection needs and must be addressed (report summary, page 29).
"Albertans have made it clear time after time that they favour a fairer tax system over a failing health-care system,” says Ballermann.
"Government has purposely raised the bar too high for citizens to access their own employment insurance program." — Debbie Bovyer, PEIUPSE President.
"Creosote is a carcinogen. Research indicates that there is no such thing as a safe level of a carcinogen.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
Members disappointed employer refused to negotiate the long service increment other health workers received in their last round of bargaining.
"It is a milestone for EU tax policy, as it paves the way for more ambitious member states to progress on a tax file, even when unanimity could not be achieved," said Algirdas Semeta, the european commissioner for tax.
"I’m amazed at what these workers are able to do for families, often under extreme program budget constraints. This sector has already been cut to the bone,” said Reid Johnson, HSABC President.
“It’s been a long tough road for Métis people in this Country to get the recognition they are entitled to. This is a big step,” added SGEU President Bob Bymoen.
Oxfam warns that extreme wealth and income inequality is not only unethical, it is also economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive and environmentally destructive.
Ottawa (21 Jan. 2013) — The National Union of Public and General Employees welcomes the report by Oxfam, The cost of inequality: how wealth and income extremes hurt us all, which shines yet another light on the rising global crisis of income inequality.
Members will vote on new agreement on January 28.
LifeLabs announced its intention to purchase BC Biomedical Labs, costing hundreds of millions of dollars yet continues to demand concessions from employees.
“These employees keep everyone at this gaming operation safe and secure. To treat them this way is, in our opinion, completely pathetic.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Negotiations have been ongoing for eight months without a resolution. BCGEU/NUPGE members will be in a legal position to strike at 6 a.m. on January 21.
Meetings provide forum for members to explain individual circumstances to the highest levels of decision makers in our Province.
"We're hearing that it will be weeks, and possibly months, before people are aware of whether they are in harm's way or not. The stress level for the staff is very high.”
Vulnerable families are last on the B.C. government's list of priorities, says CSSBA, a message that is certain to gain more attention as the province moves closer to an election in May.
This leadership convention marks a potential sea change for Ontario, where priorities can be shifted to promoting quality public services, taking action on tax fairness and investing in communities with a real job strategy.
Bargaining commitee is recommending acceptance of new contract.
“Kids diagnosed with autism need immediate and intensive therapy. But it’s not just children with autism who are waiting for therapy,” Johnson said.
“The government is still failing to implement recommendations to address the crisis in community living that were developed by the stakeholders themselves, including families, self-advocates and community living agencies,” Kinna said.
The Inspire Award recognizes those who are leaders in the workplace, who act as role models and inspire others to be their very best.
Announcement does nothing to address chronic problem of overcrowding in Manitoba correctional system.
Workers in community health were without a contract since March 31, 2012 and are among the lowest paid in the public sector.
"The provision of high quality, accessible health services depends on having the right workers, with the right skills, in the right settings. The utilization of LPNs to their full scope of practice is an important part of building a modern nursing and health care team."
Conciliation dates have been scheduled for January 23 and 24, 2013.
Report shows that millions of domestic workers are deprived of their most fundamental rights resulting in exploitation, violence, and abuses. Millions are excluded from labour laws and are not allowed to join a union.
“Today’s announcement is obviously good news for City paramedics, who are struggling with high call volumes and offload delays at Winnipeg hospitals,” said Chris Broughton, President of Paramedics of Winnipeg, MGEU Local 911.
”We respect the provisions of the Ontario Labour Relations Act – something we have requested the minister and the government to do for almost a year.” ETFO president Sam Hammond.
Closure of Kelowna’s Crossroads Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centre would leave Okanagan residents without any substance abuse treatment services outside of a hospital setting.
Enjoy lunch and a family skate on January 17 and February 7.
“These women and men provide important services for the students in almost every Department at the university. They deserve a fair contract that respects the work they do.”
Details will be distributed to members as soon as they are available, as well as information on dates, times and locations of a ratification vote.
World Economic Forum releases pessimistic report. The report sees severe income disparity and Climate Change as among top three greatest risks to world economy.
New treaties could undermine the ability of Canadians to pursue public policies that curb domination of the fisheries by large corporations and help spread the benefits of the fishery.
Along with Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Social Impact Bonds are a bit like money laundering because they allow politicians to hide debt.
Negotiations conclude; bargaining committee recommends acceptance.
Top elected leaders from eight major Ontario unions will be in Sudbury Tuesday night to host a forum on income inequality in the province.
Sudbury (07 Jan. 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.
So why is this happening? And what do we do about it?
“This isn’t a round of bargaining that will contain any concessions for our membership. We want a fair and reasonable deal.”
Meetings with members will be set shortly to determine how to proceed.
“The public wants to see the LCBO remain a valued public asset that contribute attractive annual dividends to help pay for education, health care and infrastructure.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Toronto (07 Jan. 2013) — The union representing more than 7,000 LCBO workers has endorsed the Crown agency’s decision to open ‘Express’ stores in several large grocery stores and to inaugurate boutique outlets for the sale of Ontario quality wines.
In a cynical move the Province's education Minister promises to repeal Bill 115 after using it to impose contracts.
Eighty-five new members choose NAPE/NUPGE as union.
St. John's (04 Jan. 2013) — The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) has been certified by the Labour Relations Board as the bargaining agent for both South Coast Home Care and Caring Hands.
“Our members deserve a collective agreement that reflects the true value of their services to the people they support in the community.” - BCGEU Treasurer Stephanie Smith.
“Despite a difficult round of bargaining, we have been able to negotiate a collective agreement that brings job security for health care workers,” said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU Treasurer.
Bargaining committee recommends acceptance of new offer.
“Membership solidarity gave us the strength to reach a deal that shows proper respect for the important services these workers provide.”