People are thrilled to see the big green bus and to know that someone cares about what is happening to them and willing to go the extra mile to make a difference.
The tentative agreement has language on job security, on scheduling and includes provisions for dealing with disputes. There is also a signing bonus and new wage scales.
Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) workers are being subjected to an increasing number of violent incidents on the job. Incidents include death threats and rocks thrown through office windows.
Paramed Home Health Care is pressuring workers in Renfrew County to accept a deal that will extend the freeze on their wages for a total of five years.
The Route of Shame takes place during the 103rd International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva. A major focus of the annual ILC is to determine whether countries are upholding their obligations to respect the rights of workers and their trade unions under International Labour Organization conventions.
Incoming Newfoundland Premier Frank Coleman is picking a fight with public sector workers as he moves to privatize publicly operated liquor stores.
Front-line workers are asking politicians to commit to immediate sustainable long-term funding to end the shameful crisis in developmental services, funding that strengthens the not-for-profit community agencies that provide quality, professional, planned, and stable services.
Aside from providing good jobs for small communities, public liquor stores generated $232 million in net revenue for the people of Saskatchewan last year. Why does the government want to give that up? Help stop the closures. Write to your MLA and the Minister.
"Latest cuts, $130 million and the loss of 657 jobs, have ripped into the heart of our national broadcaster, so that it's no longer possible to provide Canadians with the quality service they expect and deserve." — Naomi Robinson, CMG President, CBC Toronto.
Shows strong correlation between unions and better wages, improved workplace safety, and greater equality.
“The NSGEU/NUPGE cannot let this type of bullying behaviour stand, so we will be fighting this. We will grieve each and every one of these suspensions.” — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
"Summer is around the corner and that means it’s construction season again. For many of our members, the roads are their workplaces, which is why the MGEU/NUPGE joined this campaign — to make their workplaces as safe as possible." — Wally Fletcher, MGEU 1st Vice-President.
The Ontario Auditor General has also found figures were manipulated to make P3s appear cheaper than traditional procurement. For the Union Station – Pearson rail link, the consulting firm that designed the matrix for evaluating whether a P3 would be cheaper profited from the decision to use a P3.
A 2009 Finance department chart estimates that if Ottawa spent $1 billion on support for unemployed and low-income individuals, it would generate 18,755 jobs. The same chart shows that if Ottawa gave up $1 billion in revenue in corporate income tax reductions, this would create only 3,310 jobs.
"Many Islanders want to support the public liquor stores not just because they are more convenient but because they are more socially responsible when it comes to selling alcohol than are gas stations and convenience stores." — Debbie Bovyer, PEIUPSE President.
“Bill 30 is a clear abuse of power by the McNeil government: the provisions of this legislation are very clearly designed to undermine our members’ right to strike and their right to full and free collective bargaining,” said NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
Five-year agreement provides for wage increases, employment security, protection from contracting out and improvements to benefits.
“Nicole was incredibly dedicated and the youths in her care absolutely loved her. She proved that to the end after it seems she returned into the building after helping her client get outside." — Jane Kaija, President of OPSEU Local 668.
NUPGE will appear as intevernor arguing that the right to strike as referred to in the Charter should be interpreted based on Canada's obligations under international labour law.
“When we met recently with Minister Cadieux, we discussed other uses for the centre. Closing it was never mentioned as an option. Closing it is bad for these young people, bad for our justice system, and bad for the people of B.C.” — Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“Taken together, these voices represent the democratic strength of inquiry, research, and discussion that animate so much of the labour movement and the social movements supported by unions.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
The employees originally approached the BCGEU/NUPGE because they were concerned about unfair treatment and a lack of a voice in the workplace.
“No one should feel alone or scared to talk about mental illness, and anything we can do to help, we will.” — Scott Cloney, MGEU Youth Committee Chair and 4th Vice President.
“We always knew Hudak’s positions on a score of issues were extremist, but a job-killing plan on this scale will help destroy the economic health of communities across Ontario." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Advocates for the financial transaction tax (FTT) see this as a great step forward. However, while there is now a political agreement for the 10 countries to proceed, campaigners see that there is a lot of work still needed to translate this into Robin Hood tax spending to protect jobs, boost employment and improve and save lives in poorer parts of the world.
Charlottetown (12 May 2014) — The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEIUPSE/NUPGE), Debbie Bovyer, says, “Strait Crossing Bridge Limited (SCBL) is looking at using only self-serve toll booths at night at the Confederation Bridge. SCBL officials point to safety as the main reason for the potential change, however, the union has questions."
“If Hudak wins a majority,” he says, “It’s your job that’s at stake. It’s your future that’s at stake. It’s your pension plan that’s at stake."
The fact such an organization is recommending higher taxes for corporations and the wealthy shows how bad inequality has become.
Elisabeth Ballermann, President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE), has written the members that while she is encouraged by news that government is backing away from pension changes warns that members to keep up the fight.
Almost 2300 MGEU/NUPGE members and their families took in the free day at the museum to explore the galleries, planetarium and science gallery. This was a record breaking attendance over the average 1600 attendees in the last 3 years.
"To date, health care employers seem determined to under-value and disrespect the important work being done for patients by our specialized health care professionals. We can only hope that this strike vote will finally force them to come to the table with a good faith offer" said President Wasylenko.
“Although it’s a step in the right direction, there is no new money for post-secondary or for the ITA,” says Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.