Today, electricity prices in Nova Scotia are higher than in any other province.
There simply are not enough resources to meet the demand for services. - Lise Martin, Executive Director
Workers and reps call for government accountability delivering promised funding.
"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.
Ontario is a wealthy society — and Kathleen Wynne is imposing austerity on people who work for low wages and who receive social assistance, rather than raising revenue by making the wealthy pay their fair share.
“We are also encouraging our members to support relief efforts for the people of Nepal struck by this weekend’s massive earthquake." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
April 28 is the Day of Mourning for Workers Injured and Killed on the Job. Union's have struggled for decades to make workplaces safer but much more needs to be done!
"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.
“This is a perfect example of the value that skilled EMS professionals bring to Albertans." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President
Even though Volkswagen is the second-largest automaker in the world, it does not have plants in Canada. Now the federal government is rewarding Volkswagen for failing to create jobs here.
"How many court challenges and Supreme Court of Canada decisions will it take for this government to realize that the right to strike is a constitutional right?" asks NSGEU/NUPGE President Joan Jessome.
“This government has been stealthy and aggressive in its sell off of our public assets. That represents an immediate and permanent threat to our education, roads, health care, and all the services that make our province great." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“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.
“Three years ago the Canadian Wheat Board was valued at $1 billion. Today it’s being given away to a U.S. multinational and Saudi Arabian government,” said James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
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.”
In this pre-election budget, the Conservative government is taking public money and giving it to people who need it the least.
April 19 to 25 is Administrative Professionals Week in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Vocational instructors back bargaining proposals with support for strike.
OPSEU/NUPGE waiting for full court transcript before deciding on possible appeal.
Survey results reveal workload a major issue for administrative services workers.
Just launched Own it! project gives Saskatchewan people chance to say YES to public services.
Get your walking shoes on! Take part in the Threads of Life 5-km walks in May!
“There are people who have been evicted from their apartments because the government rent cheque didn’t come through. I don’t think the Minister understands the magnitude of this. If she does understand, her hard-heartedness is off the scale.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Instead of accepting even more cutbacks, Public Interest Alberta is urging citizens to use the opportunity of this important election to advocate for these priorities for change, which will result in stronger community services supported by more equitable taxation policies.
"It is unconscionable that corporate employers who are making massive profits refuse to provide fundamental working conditions to their employees." — James Clancy, NUPGE President
Loss of public services and good jobs spark protests in Nova Scotia.
"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."
“This is an agency that has had trouble retaining skilled nursing staff yet has been unwilling to budge on the working conditions and compensation issues that are leading to that exodus.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The new collective agreement includes a wage increase of at least 5.5 per cent over the life of the contract, local improvements and language that better supports the faculty’s work.
"Manitobans have sent a very clear message that acting to protect the services families depend on is at the top of the list by a significant margin." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
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.
Budget signals start of sell-off of public assets into private hands.
"I thank Minister Lake for taking up my call to action and inviting a wide range of health care workers, management and specialists to exchange frank ideas about the scope of the problem, and pathways to prevention." — Val Avery, HSABC President
Better Way Alberta campaign site will be shuttered to comply with law that ‘undermines free speech’
“If Kathleen Wynne thinks this is going to be a cakewalk down the aisle of privatized beer and wine she ought to think again.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Government has one year to make changes to Alberta's labour laws that violate workers' Charter rights.
Sessions at CFLR Forum will examine particular aspects of the three Supreme Court of Canada decisions released in January 2015, discuss their implications for the Canadian labour movement and consider the impact the decisions will have on future Charter litigation by unions in Canada.
Your chance to tell the union what you think!
“The report says that capacity and training ‘are areas requiring attention.' Well, duh! The front-line staff have been saying that since November, and it would not have cost the government $300,000 to listen to them.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Concerns about privatization and cuts to public services follow budget.
New direct-funding Passport program for people with developmental disabilities is a clear privatization of services.
The ILO declares Bill 45's "penal sanctions" to be "contrary to freedom of expression and principles of freedom of association."
Crowded conditions lead to increased tensions and more violence. This is a safety issue for workers and inmates.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“I do know that organizing the staff and negotiating a first contract with Saint Elizabeth Health Care was extraordinarily difficult, and the employer was very clear that they did not want to deal with a union in any way, shape or form." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President