Home care workers struggle to care for clients with reduced time allotments, not to mention have to fight to receive pay for work done.
"Our union is unquestionably the leader when it comes to protecting community mental health workers, especially at a time when the sector is facing an unprecedented realignment of services." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"They sacrificed their own lives while trying to save another. Sometimes we forget the risks that our paramedics face in the line of duty." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"It's important to keep the lines of communication with government open and productive to ensure our voices are taken into consideration." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
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.
The New Brunswick Union has reached a fifth tentative agreement for one of its bargaining components.
Negotiations bring improvements to new contract.
Even though privatization was clearly in the planning stages, the provincial Liberals made no mention of it during the last election.
"When a government refuses to consider alternative energy sources, sidelines its own utilities commission, ignores environmental concerns and Aboriginal People’s constitutional rights, citizens have a responsibility to speak out." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Two years to the day after highway worker Wayne Wall was killed on the job, charges have been made against his employer, the Department of Transportation and Works.
PEIUPSE President Debbie Bovyer warns that increased injuries, burnout, sick time are associated with nursing shortages.
Following an announcement of plans to restructure lab services, Health Sciences Association of British Columbia (HSABC/NUPGE) is asking members to monitor developments in their workplace.
Report from the UN Committee raises concerns about missing and murdered Aboriginal women, Bill C-51, immigration detention measures for asylum seekers, among a wide range of issues.
The percentage of workers covered by a pension plan has decreased from 40.6% of the Canadian workforce in 1998 to just 37.9% in 2013.
In an article for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Journalist Paul Weinberg writes that Canada continues to let billions leave the country tax free.
NSGEU/NUPGE responds to provincial government's announcement that they are progressing to the next step in their bid to privatize Nova Scotia’s Registry of Motor Vehicles, Land Registry, and Registry of Joint Stocks.
“It creates broad and dangerous new powers, without commensurate accountability, and this can result in serious mistakes.” — Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
City of Fort St. John suspends some recreational services despite union's commitment to not disrupt public.
"With the cost of child care upwards of $1200 a month, parents know that their benefit cheque is a drop in the bucket." — Carolyn Ferns, Vote Child Care organizer.
"A government that does not respect the very Constitution of the country is a dangerously rogue government." — Larry Brown, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) is calling for the province to install metal detectors and institute better security measures for theprovince's probation and parole officers.
"What the most vulnerable people in our communities need is stable funding for the organizations that support them, not a cynical process intended to creates false hope." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Overwhelming support for BCGEU/NUPGE conservation officer who refused to euthanize bear cubs.
"If we marshal our considerable resources and energy, I believe we can stop the proposed bill before it becomes law." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President OPSEU.
"Our union has opposed from the outset any move to take lab services out of AHS and, in fact, is on record supporting the return of all health services to public control." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President
Opinion piece by Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE), that appeared in the Halifax Chronicle Herald.
“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.
New poll shows a large number of Canadians do not take all their medications as prescribed due to financial difficulties and also finds overwhelming support for a national pharmacare program.
Health advocates are calling on Canada's Premiers to demand that the federal government act to defend, improve and expand on our national public Medicare system.
Despite being victims of Ontario's austerity agenda, forest firefighters in Ontario have stepped forward to help out in western Canada.
Study ranks Canada’s 25 largest metropolitan areas based on a comparison of how men and women are faring in five areas: economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education.
“They can’t just opt out of the law. We expect all colleges to take note of this decision and make the necessary changes." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The All Together Now! campaign has produced new resources to raise issues in the federal election.
*“A big element that the provincial government is missing is that the program will be partially self-financing as more women will be able to go to work.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Collective bargaining sees gains in wages and benefits for MGEU/NUPGE members.
Ratification vote to take place on July 18 and 19.
OPSEU/NUPGE members negotiated improvements in two priority areas.
"As front-line providers of care to cancer patients, our members look forward to being able to provide the level of care that these patients need." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President
"We urge government to rethink this decision, and to enhance, not eliminate, assistance for people — often in desperate straits — who need a helping hand.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“It’s a tragedy when any worker loses their life on the job, and we hope his family can take some solace knowing that he was helping protect the public from wildfires.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
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.
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
Apart from the economic impact, research shows that privatization of liquor stores has profound social and public health consequences.
Privatizing is only going to result in more low-paid work for our rural communities, where good jobs are needed now more than ever." — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President
“We expect the Ombudsperson’s investigation to uncover the facts and to have the ability to compel testimony." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“The failure of the Rikers Island project shows Social Impact Bonds and other pay-for-success schemes are fundamentally flawed,” said James Clancy, NUPGE National President
The growing number of forest fires and the tragic death of a B.C. worker highlight the risks that fire fighters face. NUPGE calls for an increased federal role to recruit, train, equip and properly compensate the brave individuals who go into the woods to fight these fires.
“Ultimately, we have major reservations about the speed at which this project is being forced upon the people of this province, with very little in the way of details or assurances." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Members are hopeful that a strong strike mandate will help resolve outstanding issues when negotiations resume on July 8.
Let’s work together to bring back “fairness for all” and say goodbye to thinking that says “you’re on your own.” — Debbie Bovyer, PEIUPSE President
"Alcohol is not just another consumer product. It is a controlled substance, and for good reason." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Despite being without a contract for three years, members still demand employer address outstanding concerns.
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.
Affected employees and the unions that represent them, including NAPE, were left in the dark for a full week after the information was reported lost.
New agreement brings improvements to contract.
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.