February 2014 | National Union of Public and General Employees

February 2014

Harry Potter, Walking Dead celebrities team up to promote Robin Hood tax

The film’s director is David Yates, who made the last four Harry Potter movies. The actors involved include: Andrew Lincoln (star zombie-fighter on the hit AMC TV show The Walking Dead), Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Love, Actually), Javier Cámara (star of Pedro Almodóvar films Talk to Her and Bad Education), Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter), and Heike Makatsch (Love, Actually).

OPSEU: Province must act on jury recommendations in Baldwin case

“The facts behind Jeffrey’s tragic neglect and death are unimaginable,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas, who represents more than 3,600 child protection workers in the province. “But the coroner’s jury has provided the Ministry with a roadmap of recommendations that, if implemented immediately, will greatly reduce the risk of another tragedy like this to ever occur again.

Workers rafity new collective agreement at Labatt to end eleven month strike

“This is an incredible story that a small group of 45 workers in St. John’s would receive such international attention and solidarity from workers as far away as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, the United States, and across Canada. We are very grateful for the support that helped our workers through this difficult time." — Carol Furlong, NAPE President.

Staff shortages, workload, major contributing factors of failure of B.C. child protection services, report shows

"Making real change and improvements in the child welfare system is going to require the will of the B.C. government and a much more strategic action and investment plan for recruitment, health and safety, and retention of frontline workers." — Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.

Fantino must resign: OPSEU

“Julian Fantino’s bullying, disrespect and indifference aimed against our veterans is nothing short of breathtaking,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas, commenting on the minister’s late arrival and abrupt departure from a scheduled meeting with representatives of the veterans to discuss the closing of regional offices.

BCGEU calls on government to develop public retailing model in grocery store liquor sales

“B.C.’s public liquor stores have a long history of responsible retailing and continue to sell most of the beer, wine and liquor sold in our province today. This is also an important source of provincial revenue to fund public services,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “If the government is determined to move to a store-within-a-store model, these should be public stores with trained, experienced staff.”