July 2015 | National Union of Public and General Employees

July 2015

CarePartners on strike - Patients before profits

CarePartner nurses and administrative staff are fighting for a first collective agreement that meets industry standards. 

Toronto (29 July 2015) — Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) who are employed by CarePartners have been on strike since April 10. The agency holds one of 1,400 lucrative service contracts to provide clinical and home care services to patients in the Niagara and Norfolk County area. 

Studies show B.C. Conservation Officer staffing levels dangerously low

“The B.C. government has known since 2011 that understaffing has created an unsafe work environment for conservation officers.” — BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. 

Burnaby (17 July 2015) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) has highlighted two reports showing that the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) is chronically understaffed, resulting in unsafe working conditions for its officers.

Contest winners show Why Unions Matter against runaway capitalism

In rhyming couplets and a clever schematic, the latest Why Unions Matter winners remind us that by standing together, we keep the worst of capitalism at bay.

Ottawa (08 July 2015) — Greed and power can get the worst of anyone. The two most recent winners of the $1,000 Why Unions Matter contest look at the ways in which unions help keep greed and power in check.

Why Unions Matter

Monsters exist you know
It preys on those with the least to show

It feeds on the labour of the working class
Breeding and multiplying like a cancerous mass

Its eyes are green and its wallet fat
Absorbing wealth like a blood sucking bat

It calls itself capitalism
And it produces an unjust, socioeconomic system

It benefits the one per cent
Leaving the rest of us in financial torment

Spreading inequality, poverty and pollution
Someone help us! We need a meaningful solution

Half Of Canadians Forced Into Retirement; Union Members, Public Sector Workers Better Off

Nearly half of retired Canadians were forced to leave the workforce earlier than they planned, according to a survey from Angus Reid.

The poll shows working in the public sector or being a union member has its benefits when it comes to retirement. Both those groups reported a lower rate of being forced into early retirement, and a lower likelihood of financial problems.

Ontario shifting home care to private clinics as province seeks savings

by Kelly Grant and Elizabeth Church, Globe and Mail

"An increasing number of patients discharged from hospital must travel to centrally located clinics to save the home-care system moneyWhen Jennifer Sewell had a benign cyst removed from her left breast last summer, the procedure was supposed to be a straightforward day surgery.

Instead, the 40-year-old mother of two from rural Southwestern Ontario developed an infection at her incision site, a wound that took more than five months to heal.