"Only 66 per cent of the members voted in favour of this agreement. The employer has been given a clear message that the contract does not fully address all of the workers’ concerns." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Kiefer Sutherland, grandson of Tommy Douglas, narrates video as part of the launch of national campaign for a new Health Accord.
"The quality of health care that Canadians receive should not depend on where you live or your ability to pay," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“If the nurses of NSGEU/NUPGE are legislated back to work, it will be the third piece of anti-worker legislation from this government since they took office in October." — Rick Clarke, NSFL President.
Fifty developmental services bargaining units head into negotiations in 2014 with coordinated priorities, support, and strength.
Three years later, people in Wisconsin refuse to back down against Governor Walker's attack on workers.
“If Bill 4 passes, 2014 will be the year that B.C. Parks changed forever,” said Darryl Walker, BCGEU President. “This legislation opens the door to pipelines, oil and gas drilling and industrial activities that are counter to the values that created our parks system.”
"Mexican President Peña Nieto is well aware of what happened here, despite the denials of his bureaucrats and consular officials. The time for pretending is over. Now it is time to respect the laws of Canada." — Paul Meinema, National President, UFCW Canada
Heinz global restructuring looks to reduce workforce while increasing workloads.
Latest Why Unions Matter contest winner's entry is short, sweet, smart, and fun.
BCGEU/NUPGE calling for an end to contract flipping in seniors’ care.
“I want to be clear: the Union has offered to leave staff in the transplant and addictions units in the event of job action. The decision to shut down these services was made by Capital Health, not by nurses.” — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
"Capital Health bureaucrats and this government are ignoring the front-line workers' cries for help and pushing nurses into a position where they are forced to either continue to work in an unsafe environment, or take action." — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
The March 25 Let People Vote! day of action is part of a growing movement focused on stopping the Harper government from introducing U.S.-style voter suppression into Canadian law.
Darryl Walker, President of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE), in a recent opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun says that celebrating B.C.'s Community Social Services Awareness Month is easier with newly negotiated funding increases to workers and services.
"If they are also prepared to bargain in good faith toward an agreement, then the appointment of a mediator would be of great assistance in helping the parties conclude a deal.” –Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Contact Carleton University's President to tell her to negotiate a fair deal that includes addressing the campus safety staffing and retention levels on campus. Call her at 613 520-3801 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We still have a long way to go. Each year we have made progress, but we also need to recognize that the work of overcoming racism is never finished.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"The evidence to attack the public sector workers exists only in the minds of Conservatives. Workers aren't the enemy as the Conservatives would like Canadians to believe, " said James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
The cost of dealing with social issues associated with the UK’s high inequality has been estimated at £39,312,152,414 per year.
Canada has some of the highest costs for cellular use in the world, yet the big telcom companies continue to raise rates.
“Capital Health bargained like it expected the McNeil government to bring in essential services legislation in the event it couldn’t reach a deal. That interference meant Capital Health felt no pressure to reach a deal.” — Jessome, NSGEU President.
OPSEU/NUPGE members look to arbitration to resolve outstanding issues.
Claims that the Lean methodology produces savings have also been called into question. For example one Lean “success” at the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan cost $30 million more than the original estimate.
Ratification of tentative agreement will take place on April 2.
Collective agreement for more 47,000 health care workers in B.C. expires on March 31, 2014. The employer continues to refuse to address major issues.
“The Wynne government sold the public on the idea of urgent care centres to relieve pressure on the ERs, now they appear to be flip-flopping in Kingston and sending patients back to an overloaded KGH,” says Thomas.
“We need legislation that shines a spotlight on abuses of the election process, but this act allows anti-democratic actions to stay in the shadows.” — Jamie Biggar, LeadNow.ca
Want to know more about corporate tax evasion? Listen to Dennis Howlett from Canadians for Tax Fairness on CBC Radio's Sunday Edition, this Sunday, March 16, at 9 a.m., to hear how much revenue Canada is losing and what we can do about it.
Before the Conservatives took over, lying in Parliament was considered to be completely unacceptable; a Minister caught lying was expected to resign. But that was back when governments believed in democratic principles.
“The employer’s first priority should be to ensure a safe workplace. They have a legal obligation to eliminate the risk of violence to workers. Violence is not acceptable at any workplace.” — Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Sufficient staffing levels and job security at the heart of strike by campus safety workers at Carleton University.
Help us stop the privatization of food services in corrections and young offender facilities in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Join the Lobby Day Blitz on March 14. Speak out for the jobs of 64 corrections food services staff, and the future of our public services.
“We welcome the modernization of BC’s liquor laws,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “But there are more questions than answers in this announcement and we expect more discussion with the ministry and the Liquor Distribution Branch as these reforms unfold.”
USB professors continue to try to reach a settlement until strike date.
The New Brunswick Union (NBU/NUPGE) wishes to congratulate Mr. Milner on this award.
Negotiations bring improvements to NAPE/NUPGE members.
Every day in Saskatoon hospitals there are many patients who are well enough to be discharged, but cannot leave hospital until they can be sent to a long term care home or be guaranteed Home Care or other services in the community after their discharge.
A cautious, stay-the-course budget with little substantial change from the previous years.
While Carleton University has grown from 20,000 students in 2007 to more than 30,000 students today, the number of Campus Safety workers has not increased to match this growth in need.
“This report fails to show the needed commitment and resources to adequately address this ongoing tragedy – a tragedy that is a reflection on Canada as a whole,” said NWAC President, Michèle Audette.
In a misguided effort to cut back on costs, Nova Scotia's Capital District Health Association (CDHA) brought in a policy of not replacing nurses’ first sick call. This leads to nurses working short and, in turn, they are putting patient safety at risk.
B.C.’s 2014 budget contains $51 million in cuts to post-secondary funding over 3 years – forcing colleges and universities across B.C. to consider layoffs, program cuts and student fee increases to deal with increasing deficits.
“Families and frontline staff who support people with developmental disabilities have made compelling pleas for help to all three of Ontario’s political parties and we expect swift and substantial action,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE).
“Clearly, this government thinks it’s OK to line the pockets of the One Per Cent, while leaving the rest of us languishing in packed Emergency Rooms or in painfully long lineups for treatment,” says president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE), Elisabeth Ballermann.
“I am proud of the work my union and the labour movement as a whole has done for women’s rights. Working together with our allies we have truly made major gains for women’s equality,” said James Clancy, NUPGE's National President. “As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s join together to end violence against women and better help the victims."
Survey highlights the voices of women survivors and their children and the voices of front-line shelter workers who are incredible change agents within their communities.
New ad highlights the role of union members in building stronger, fairer communities.
Actions by governments that encourage or facilitate tax abuses, or frustrate the efforts of other states to counter tax abuses, could constitute a violation of their international human rights obligations according to a report by the International Bar Association.
“This legislation is a serious affront to workers' rights,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
"We're here tonight because the safety and well-being of vulnerable children, vulnerable youth and fragile families you serve is being compromised," said President Walker
First responders will no longer be required to prove that their job caused the trauma to claim benefits.
"Experience with prison privatization in other jurisdictions shows that contracting out food services costs more, not less," according to SGEU President Bob Bymoen.
"If you have concerns, don't just sit on them. Don't assume you can't have a voice. We all have a voice," she says. Gounder recently used her voice to create a program to improve safety at her workplace.
“The report debunks the myth that tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy are necessary for economy growth”, said James Clancy, National President NUPGE.
Proposed Robin Hood Tax rate is very low but would raise between $10 and $12 billion per year for Illinois.