April 2015 | National Union of Public and General Employees

April 2015

18 months on strike: Help get these members back to work!

 "This is a profitable company that is trying to increase their bottom line on the backs of workers. It's unacceptable, and we need to help them understand this." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Toronto (29 April 2015) — Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) employed by WHL Management Limited have been on strike for over 18 months and they need your help to reach a fair contract. 

NAPE raises alarm about ambulance shortages

"There were 782 calls for help ...  [when no ambulances were available], 225 of which were considered high priority," says NAPE President Elect Jerry Earle. "These numbers are truly frightening.”

St. John's (28 April 2015) — The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) is voicing its concerns about increases in "red alerts" on the Northeast Avalon.

Wynne Liberals are letting Bay Street dictate the budget says Thomas

“The same people are trying to tell us that more privatization will solve the problems that privatization created. It’s a process that is good for Bay Street but bad for Ontario." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.

Toronto (23 April 2015) — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the  Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) accused the Wynne Liberals of letting Bay Street dictate the provincial budget.

Ontario CCACs making patients choose between care and support for their caregiver

Support for striking workers continues to grow. Last week, Tammy McCormick Ferguson, a patient of CarePartners, who communicates through an  iPad because of a neurological disorder that has left her non-verbal, sent a note to the striking staff and to the media calling the nurses’ working conditions “appalling,” comparing their compensation to that of “dog walkers.”

MADD Canada says public safety could suffer under Ontario's plan to allow grocery stories to sell liquor

"The concern is not about the location of the sales, the concern is who is actually doing the selling," says MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie said. "Provided these outlets are run by the LCBO and staffed by trained LCBO personnel, with their established commitment and attention to responsible alcohol sales and social responsibility practices, then we do not believe there would be significant risks."

CLC joins national beer can boycott against Crown Holdings: Union members urged to buy their beer in bottles, not cans

Crown's Toronto plant is one of its top producers but the company provoked a strike in 2013 by demanding that new hires would be paid 42 per cent less for doing the same work as current employees. When existing employees said no, Crown demanded all workers accept an across the board 33 per cent wage cut.