In the month-and-a-half that we were on the road, we travelled nearly 12,000 kilometres, visited more than 30 communities, and met more than 3,000 Atlantic Canadians struggling to get by in this era of rising income inequality. Check out our photo stream from the road
"I urge anyone who is thinking about donating to the March of Dimes this holiday season to think again. It is an organization that puts its own interests before the needs of its clients and employees." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“There is nothing convenient about having almost 200 government liquor stores closed on Sunday when almost all other retailers are open. That makes no sense. The public stores offer the best selection and the lowest prices.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
The theme for this year's Appreciation Day is Let's Rethink Child Care. Together We Can Make It Better.
Bill C-4, another of the Harper government's undemocratic Omnibus budget bills, will dramatically tip the balance of collective bargaining in favour of the federal government, effectively take away public service workers' right to strike and will put the lives of workers in the federal sector at risk by redefining dangerous work.
"Your poem Why Unions Matter beautifully captures a slice of the good that unions do, from empowering teachers to stand up for themselves and their students to providing your parents a chance to help their friends and co-workers live more secure, content, and productive lives," said NUPGE National President James Clancy.
Help recognize the essential work of community social service workers!
"Now, unless Mr. Harper gets his former chief of staff to write a personal cheque to cover this cost, the extra money for the provinces is going to come from our pockets, from the tax money we have paid." - Larry Brown, NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer.
"Last year alone, the CEO of this company (AB InBev) got a 90 per cent wage increase. His salary went from $1 million to $2 million a year. And they're making money off the backs of 45 workers, people trying to put food on the table for their families, people trying to provide shelter and clothing for their children. And he's making $2 million a year? It's simply wrong." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Help support community social services by going to cssworkers.ca to fill out our online survey!
Labour submission provides recommendations on 12 major areas.
"This round of bargaining has been long and arduous, so we are happy to reach this stage and see this overall result,” said NAPE President Carol Furlong.
Dysfunctional health-care system affects front-line care, says Ballermann.
Experts agree that a universal high-quality early learning and child care program reduces poverty, boosts the birth rate, provides economic benefits and most of all benefits our children.
“Unions matter,” Clancy says. “They don't just matter to the people who belong to unions, they matter to every community in the country."
Find out about the upcoming cuts to your pension!
Second bargaining unit at St. Elizabeth Healthcare to vote on agreement.
The International Labour Organization ruled in 2010 that Bills 5 and 6 violated Canada's international labour law commitments.
The BCGEU/NUPGE is preparing a detailed submission for the minister that will include concrete ideas to increase the efficiency of the delivery of government services, generate more provincial revenue, create more productive workplaces for members and deliver value to British Columbians.
The Fairness Express is going to be on the road for another two weeks, and we are encouraging anyone who is interested in joining the conversation about fairness to drop by and see us.
"The issue of poverty, and the gap between the wealthy and the rest of us is a growing problem. While the federal government is content micromanaging people's cable bundles, there are many of us who look for true leadership on serious issues, like poverty and income inequality." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"I have said this before, job losses could be avoided were the province to adopt an alternative “transitional funding” formula in place of the model put forward by the Liberal government that will directly impact the delivery of frontline services to children and families at Chatham Kent” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Toronto (11 Oct. 2013) - Ontario college faculty have been notified that the College Employer Council will not work together with them regarding proposed changes to the college system. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has drafted a plan to “differentiate” Ontario’s 24 colleges with massive changes including eliminating some programs and moving or creating others.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR re: Alberta is moving in the right direction on pensions
New collective agreement expires in 2015.
This kind of recognition wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated workers who care for MDC residents every day." - MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky.
Minister willing to listen to expertise of public service workers.
New report shows that more and more Ontarians are working for minimum wage.
"We are all feeling it, while at the same time a BMO study just reported that a majority of wealthy Canadians are more financially secure and confident than they were before the 2008 recession. I bet on October 16, we'll hear a very different story from our audience."
"People who already have plenty will be spending anything extra on what most people see as luxury goods,: said Clancy, "but more spending in luxury Carribean hotels or country club memberships does little for our economy."
"Be creative, be outspoken, be daring. Your voice is powerful. Your stories are moving. People need to hear them because they will make a difference." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"The 340,000 NUPGE members across the country are with you in this struggle, and we will continue working with you to get this employer back to the table to get a fair and decent contract." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
The latest ad takes it a step further, featuring actual HSABC/NUPGE members from some of the key professions.
Women 4 Change focuses on urging governments to invest in, not cut, services that improve women’s lives such as child care, elder care, health care and education.
"We are standing up against employers and governments who think it's okay to pay community social services workers such a low wage they have to choose between taking care of the most vulnerable and feeding their own family. " - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
BCGEU/NUPGE members and staff have been meeting with provincial representatives and WCB representatives over the conditions of B.C. jails. This review has come about because of that pressure.
Please make sure to vote on this offer, so your voice is heard.
“Our recommendations balance the social responsibility needed in the sale and distribution of liquor, the significant public revenue generated and the strong support for expanded services of the public liquor store system." - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
NSGEU members at NSCAD vote on tentative agreement on October 3.
Follow the new blog on the challenges of providing quality education from OPSEU/NUPGE.
The National Union once again stands in support of the joint statement and is encouraging it members and all Canadians to show their support by attending a Vigil.
Alberta government continues to understate the level of workplace injuries.
Community social services workers in B.C. organize for upcoming bargaining.