“If the well-being of Canadian children was a priority for this government, they would be putting a national child care program ahead of yet another tax cut for the wealthy.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
New contract ratified by MGEU/NUPGE members at Victoria Hospital.
"I'm sure Sobeys doesn't mind having low- and middle-income Saskatchewan residents paying more for both public services and liquor to help boost its profit margin. But clearly, what the public has said in awarding the Scammie, is that we do mind. And we're fighting back." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"Oxfam's report is a timely reminder that any real effort to end poverty has to confront the public policy choices that create and sustain inequality." — Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics.
“Bill C-43 clearly contravenes Canada’s international human rights obligations. Governments have a legal responsibility to make sure all people in Canada have access to basic needs." — Leilani Farha, executive director of Canada Without Poverty.
OPSEU/NUPGE, and now the Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS), are clear: The government must provide stable, increased, and long-term funding to see that people get the services they need.
Liberal government in Nova Scotia has yet to introduce any measures to address PTSD among first responders.
"These new forms of privatization may go by different names and use different methods, but the impact on public services and on the people who provide them is the same." — Duncan Cameron, Board Member, Public Services Foundation of Canada
"This day of recognition is an important avenue to show our deepest respect and appreciation for the work that these dedicated child care and early educators do for our children." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"AHS has an obligation to work with us on this important issue and to sidestep the legal bargaining agent for these frontline workers is extremely disrespectful to those workers. We expect and demand better." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President.
“It is a mystery to me how turning good jobs into lower paid part-time jobs is supposed to improve the delivery of quality education,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Stephanie Smith, President of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) presents a $1500 cheque to Victoria Vargas for her essay on how quality public services enhance the quality of life for visible minorities.
Ever wonder how the modern health care system works? HSABC/NUPGE helps us connect the dots—or rather, professions—to each other and to the public.
"On behalf of the 340,000 members across the country, we look forward to working with each of you in the coming days to move the issues of fairness, equality and justice forward." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Universal child care can be a money-maker for government, wind under the wings of student achievement, and a powerful force for equality between women and men. What’s to stop us? Only the ignorant—perhaps willful—misrepresentations of universal child care coming from the federal Tories and dogmatic newspaper columnists.
Thousands of people work hard every day to ensure that the lives of Manitobans run smoothly. But because they work behind the scenes, many people don't see the valuable contributions they make. The MGEU/NUPGE's ad campaign hopes to change that.
"The reality is that the merits of privatizations are often oversold," says Financial Post columnist Barry Critchley. "Instead of a real sale, the public, at times, can be left on the hook for any losses, financial or otherwise. In short, those who buy such assets have to be made accountable and government is the only entity that can do that."
"Neither AHS nor the Conservative government have made a case that privatization of lab services on this scale will work. It has been tried and failed in Edmonton in 1995 and in Calgary in 1996. And yet, here we are going down the same troubled road again." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President.
“Clark's recommendation on the LCBO, combined with the no-privatization-position of Premier Wynne and Finance Minister Sousa, should put this issue to rest for a long, long time. Let’s move on to other policy issues, like building our public services." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
After months of difficult negotiations and major labour relations disputes, NSGEU/NUPGE registered nurses vote to accept Capital Health's final offer.
“These systems always promise to provide faster health care service. But the reality is longer wait times for patients, more cost, and little or no benefit for most Canadians,” said Dr. Monika Dutt, Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare.
On October 17, food bank workers and anti-poverty advocates are joining together to call for a federal anti-poverty plan. Instead of handing out a free lunch, volunteers are brown bagging their call to action.
"The Agency Stores Program has expanded beyond its original limited mandate" — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has provided a donation of $25,000 to international efforts to respond to the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa. Realizing that the crisis requires a greater response from the international community, NUPGE has called on the Conservative government to step up with more resources.
"It has been decades since anyone in this country launched a national social program, and it's long overdue." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Are new Alberta Premier Prentice and Health Minister Mandel too busy playing politics and campaigning for their seats to give a mandate to Alberta Health Services to deal with vital day-to-day issues?
Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan calls for public disclosure of health region spending in light of misleading information being released to citizens.
Edmonton (10 Oct. 2014) — Faced with a crisis in health care, Jim Prentice's Conservative government appears to be planning to cut the quality of emergency care and attack front-line workers, the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) said on October 8.
Government is meant to act as the prudent parent of all children in its care. The political leadership of our province is failing to recognize their responsibility." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.
"We want to thank each person who took the time to share their story with us. It's their voices that we will continue to hear as we move forward into another stage of our All Together Now! campaign." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
New report says the province’s jails are the most strained in the country.
“If executives at Canadian Blood Services are looking for someone to blame for the lowest national blood inventory levels since 2008, they should look in the mirror,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"If AHS and the government can't handle routine negotiations, how can Albertans have any faith in them being able to tackle the health-care crisis in this province as exemplified by the lack of long-term care beds and the resulting emergency room delays?" — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President.
Mt. Polley acknowledgement highlights need to boost environmental protection.
“Good labour relations at this agency led to swift resolution of a fair contract,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Because an honest day's work deserves an honest day's pay
The union matters and it's here to stay!
Because I need clothing, a home and to eat
The union matters and I vote with my feet
Because my teeth need cleaning and filling
The union matters and to bargain, I'm willing
Because a woman's work has value and power
The union matters and equates by the hour
Because this single mom needs a job that's secure
The union matters and job stability they ensure
Because I want to retire, my service complete
"Identifying the root causes that create instability in our jobs and in our economy — the lack of tax fairness, an absence of an industrial strategy, the attack on labour rights and privatization of public services — has been key to promoting a better way to achieve overall fairness for workers and the public," says James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“The members of Local 362 are dedicated to their work and the union’s main goal throughout this process is to work diligently with the employer to minimize the impact on our members and their families,” said NBU’s President, Susie Proulx-Daigle.
Please join the National Union as we work to raise awareness of the need to take immediate action on this issue.
Newest OPSEU/NUPGE members employed by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority are responsible for managing the impact of human activities, urban growth and rural activities on the region.
Ottawa (02 Oct. 2014) — A heartfelt poem, an eye-opening essay, and a fantastically clever music video: three very different entries are the latest winners in NUPGE’s Why Unions Matter contest.
Midland residents deserve access to quality services in their community, and the frontline workers have said loud and clear that they will do what it takes to make sure that happens,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"I am calling on Justice Minister Lena Diab to immediately instruct Legislative Counsel staff to ensure everyone has an opportunity to be heard,” said NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
“The Ontario government promised to fix the crisis in developmental services, and now is the time for them to make good on their promise." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.