"Unions are about fairness: workplace fairness; economic fairness; opportunity fairness; political fairness; and democratic fairness. Unions promote fairness, not just for their members, but for all Canadians.” - James Clancy, NUPGE President.
Vast knowledge shared with conference participants on second day of Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights conference.
Paper connects regressive labour laws to rising income inequality.
Richard Wilkinson, one of the world’s preeminent researchers on income inequality, delivers keynote speech.
If Bill C-279 becomes law, it would become illegal to discriminate against transgender Canadians.
“It comes as no surprise that the audit found systemic problems,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “Social workers over the years have reported they are unable to meet ministry standards due to the chronic lack of staff and inadequate resources."
“Maybe younger people coming up don’t understand the history of how things got to be so good here in Ontario,” said McDonald. “If it’s going to continue to be good, I think there’s still a fight to be had.”
MGEU/NUPGE members negotiate wage and benefit improvements in new collective agreement.
In its last fiscal year the retail giant returned a dividend to the Ontario treasury of close to $1.6 billion on revenue of more than $4.5 billion.
The gains that union members make at the bargaining table spill over into creating healthier and more prosperous communities for everyone.”
Alberta's broken revenue system has led to the rollercoaster revenue ride that has devastated health care.
Aboriginal Services deal includes pay increase, labour market adjustment.
"As one of the first persons with a visible disability to play a leading role in the labour movement, he has acted as a role model to many of us who have come along in the years since Derek joined the movement."
“Our economy is being held back because the Prime Minister refuses to work with all major stakeholders to develop a comprehensive national skills development strategy." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“Government must be accountable for both the quality of services delivered to Saskatchewan families, and the cost of providing those services." – Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
World Water Day is a designated United Nations day to recognize the common life sustaining resource that is our fresh water.
Federal government changes to EI system target unemployed.
Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) President Karen Wasylenko responds to the introduction of the provincial budget.
Richard Wilkinson, one of the world’s most preeminent researchers on social inequalities, and author of the bestseller "Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone" will kick off the CFLR conference as the keynote speaker.
"Our members are passionate about the work that they do and are very proud to support the future of that work here at Casey House," said Mackinnon.
"We cannot give in to the divide and conquer tactics our governments and our employers use. We need to look for the things that join us together." – James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“Every employee that is here takes a lot of pride in the work that they do and they feel very proud that they are providing the service they do to the public, families of patients, and also patients that come down here." – Raymond Theriault, NSGEU Local President.
Austerity measures are compounding the problem, creating a “fiscal drag” effect that is slowing economic growth and undermining budgetary progress.
Bargaining team recommends acceptance of the tentative agreement, which includes a 9.5 per cent wage increase over five years.
"What they have done has improved conditions for workers but also for the clients who depend on the services they provide.”
UN report "warns that short-sighted austerity measures, failures to address persistent inequalities, and a lack of opportunities for meaningful civic participation could threaten this progress unless leaders take bold corrective action."
“There is no reason that Saskatchewan labour law needs to be so radically different than the Canadian legislative norm in the treatment of supervisory employees,” says Clancy.
Community social services are about creating and maintaining supportive, healthy, stable and caring communities. The workers who provide these services are the heart and soul of our communities.
Help send a strong message to the employer at Homes First to get back to the table to negotiate a fair and decent contract.
“...Section 21 of the Code is discriminatory as being a significant hindrance on their ability to exercise their fundamental right of freedom of association.”
Alternative Federal Budget plan tackles Canadians' real concerns.
“Given alcohol’s status as the leading risk factor for ill-health, injury and disability in North America” much more needs to be done, according to the researchers.
The tentative agreement was reached early on March 3, following a marathon 13-day bargaining session.
"Social attitudes about early childhood education and educators have been tied to outdated and gendered notions about women's work for decades. This devalues the profession--reflected in low wages and recruitment and retention problems."
As a longstanding defender of migrant workers' rights, UFCW Canada expressed a variety of concerns relating to the TFWP in its submission to the Ministers.
"Unless decision-makers take action, Canadians will continue to face poor service and punitive high prices, and will continue to fall behind the rest of the industrialized world.” - Steve Anderson, OpenMedia.ca executive director.
"While most Canadians faithfully pay their taxes, this government wants to downplay the fact that hundreds of billions of dollars are going offshore to tax havens – virtually untracked and untaxed. That increases the tax burden for the rest of us.”
"A recent poll shows that the vast majority of Albertans reject cuts to public services and agree that there should be an increase on taxes for the wealthy and corporations."- Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President.
“The B.C. Liberal government’s failure to consult with the affected unions is undemocratic and an affront to workers’ representational rights,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “This legislative session is almost over and they’ve tabled this bill at the last minute.”
Major outstanding issues remain on the table for members of the civil service in Nova Scotia.
Improvements to collective agreement approved by the membership.
Bargaining committee recommends acceptance of tentative agreement.
“Working people and their families have a right to know how their lives may be affected by new labour laws.” - Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
Improvements to dispatch welcome, but other issues remain.
“The inability for on-call paramedics to immediately respond to an emergency situation could have devastating and tragic results." - Carol Furlong.
"When governments give away revenue to their corporate friends, there is less money dedicated to the public services the majority of Canadians need." - James Clancy, NUPGE President.
“At their minimum, strong, equitable and accountable social programs are society’s strongest security against crime and exploitation of others,” states Dr. Carolyn Campbell, Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) President.
Community Living and General Services deal includes pay increase, labour market adjustment.
Bargaining committee recommends acceptance of new agreement.
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"The problem of growing inequality can be resolved in two main ways. The first is by transferring wealth from profits to wages and public services. The second is through tax fairness." – Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
The bargaining committee is recommending acceptance of the new contract.