“This is a great day for all of us. Our chief justices understand that unions matter to our country and our communities, and they’ve made sure that Canadian politicians will no longer be able to so easily strip Canadians of their union rights,” says NUPGE National President James Clancy.
"Public services must be there when Nova Scotians need them. This is a time to support the most vulnerable Nova Scotians, not pull support away.” — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
"Both sides should understand clearly, we are prepared to throw the full resources of OPSEU/NUPGE behind our members if Care Partners forces us to resort to job action. That's not our preferred option but one we're willing to take if this standstill continues much longer." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"We’re calling on the premiers to do what Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t: help the struggling middle class,” says NUPGE National President James Clancy.
With local hydro privatization, in exchange for a one-time revenue boost, people will be stuck paying higher electricity prices. In both cases, average families will pay more so corporations can make higher profits.
“The strength of the strike vote reflects the commitment of our members to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer.
North Bay (28 Jan. 2015) — For 20 years Ontario has allowed more and more public services to be absorbed by the private sector.
New OPSEU/NUPGE video makes the case for keeping public services public
The loss of public services and public service jobs has a big impact on the local economy. The city of North Bay is no exception.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) wants to put public services back in public hands.
Video shows how B.C.’s child and family welfare system is falling apart, putting vulnerable children, youth and families at risk.
Members of the community speak out on the cuts to postal service home delivery.
Canadians for Tax Fairness is pointing out that while the workers of Target have to pay full tax on their 16-week severance package, not all of the CEO's $70-million deal will be taxed.
President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) warns Premier that members will not quietly accept having their contract ripped up and wage cuts.
Outstanding issues include wages, job security and displacement rights, and job classification and appeal process.
“It is important now that we all continue to be vigilant and proactive as these recommendations are being implemented.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President.
"The Colleges Ontario report shows a disturbing lack of respect for, and awareness of, what it takes to deliver on their promises." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador announces that they won’t be working with the federal government in the various ongoing trade agreements.
“The fundamental democratic value that no union is ever certified to be an exclusive bargaining agent for a group of employees if it cannot demonstrate majority support among the group of employees must prevail." — Arbitrator James Dorsey
“The added bonus is that new Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) stores are a great investment, generating substantial profits for Saskatchewan families each year. Any new liquor store will pay for itself, and then some." — Donna Christianson, SGEU Chair for SLGA bargaining unit.
New report from Oxfam shines brighter light on where global wealth is concentrated and who controls it.
As the Obama Administration moves to provide Americans with better Internet access, the National Union wonders if the Canadian government is paying attention.
"Louis wanted the world to be a better place — and he wasn't about to wait. He was always the first to roll up his sleeves and get to work to make it that way," says NUPGE National President James Clancy.
Amnesty International (Canada) has issued an urgent request regarding death threats made against activists in Colombia.
“This is definitely a historic moment for working people and the labour movement in Canada. Not only has the Supreme Court affirmed the fundamental labour rights of working people, it has reinforced the positive roles that unions and collective bargaining play in Canadian society.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
New report accuses Alberta government of playing politics instead of acting to protect the province's farm workers.
Sentence of 25 days in jail, to be served on weekends, for company directors who violated health and safety regulations resulting in an employee's death.
"Louis wanted the world to be a better place—and he wasn't about to wait. He was always the first to roll up his sleeves and get to work to make it that way," says NUPGE National President James Clancy.
"What makes UBC Childcare special is the dedication and patience of BCGEU/NUPGE early childhood educators who bring out the best in the kids they care for." — Andrea Duncan, BCGEU Vice-President.
Lawsuits against Canada under NAFTA's Chapter 11, investor-state disputes, are making Canada, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the most "sued country in the developed world." — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Union will ensure collective agreement is respected.
“The government should act immediately on the Auditor’s recommendations and provide the direction and resources to address the problems she has highlighted.” — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President, Corrections and Sheriff Services.
New report reminds Canada of its legal obligation to address the ongoing violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
Overwhelming strike vote by BCGEU/NUPGE members demonstrates commitment to bargaining a fair contract.
“Provincial auditors general have already shown the flaws with P3 privatization schemes. Now one of the biggest supporters of P3s has released a report that raises serious questions about them, too." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“When workers are fearful of the very people they are there to help because they don’t have enough staff and resources, how can they deliver high quality care to their patients?” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Ten young people receive awards to help reduce costs associated with post secondary education.
The MGEU Young Members Committee is taking part in the 2015 Winnipeg Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Manitoba and they need help! You can help them to surpass their goal by making a donation to one (or both) of the union's teams.
When the health care system doesn't have the resources it needs to serve the province, the ramification can be costly.
“The union believes this new agreement will play an important role in ensuring Canada’s blood supply remains safe, secure and reliable." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
MGEU/NUPGE members trying to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement in the face of concessions from the employer.
The Nova Scotia Nursing Strategy is being updated to ensure enough experienced nurses are retained across the province for the needs of the residents.
"Harper, by allowing Fantino to stay in the position for so long, shows that the Minister was only carrying out the bigger agenda of the federal Conservatives." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Letter to OPSEU's CBS members highlights underlying concerns in bargaining for Canada's blood system.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure proper safety protocols are implemented and enforced in workplaces across the province.
New contract ensures native courtworkers receive wage parity with others doing comparable work.
Contract talks between the blood service workers and the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) are scheduled to resume January 5.