“These agreements have improvements to wages and contract language, which are steps towards these workers getting the compensation they deserve for the valuable service they provide to our province's most vulnerable." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Enough is enough. It’s time to listen to those who provide the hands-on, life-giving care for our most vulnerable neighbours and family members." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"This ceremony reminds us that the work is important but can also be dangerous. To the families of the fallen officers, know that we are with you during this difficult time." — James Clancy, National President.
"Every other country knows that Mr, Harper has publicly conceded on this point — he will accept a deal that does not protect the industry and its workforce.” — Larry Brown, TJN spokesperson
A new poll shows 83 per cent of Ontario voters oppose Premier Wynne’s plan to sell 60 per cent of Hydro One, and half say they are less likely to vote for Liberal candidates in the upcoming federal election because of it.
Congratulations to the MGEU/NUPGE paramedics who brought home second place.
If you are lucky, you live in a Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) region that treats patients responsibly. A similar patient 100 kilometres away could be getting poor care. This luck of the draw is unacceptable in a publicly funded system." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Despite shrinking government revenue through stalled wages and selling off public services, the Nova Scotia government continues to privatize.
When it comes to the CBC, "we've been plugging holes for so long, trying to do more with less as the government chips away at the institution, and it never seems to be enough. It's a typical move out of the privatization playbook." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
OPSEU/NUPGE has proven track record of protecting public services and the workers who perform them.
"The more this election unfolds, the more I see the urgency of motivating young Canadians to get out and cast their votes." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
NBU/NUPGE members negotiate improvements to their collective agreement.
"The health and safety of the workers is being repeatedly jeopardized because of the incompetence seen in the design and construction of the facility." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The people of Ontario need to let the Liberals know what they think, and the best place to do that is at the ballot box.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"This is the most important federal election we have faced in decades. The state of our economy, the financial well-being of Canadians and the future of our public services are all at stake. We need to elect a government that reflects our values and priorities." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“The Premier promised — in writing — to engage in a full and open public review to ensure that these deals would be made in the best interests of all Nova Scotians.” — Joan Jessome.
“For the first time in 30 years we will see federal party leaders speaking on the record to issues that matter to women.” — Ann Decter, Up for Debate spokesperson
“This conference is about bringing women labour activists together to educate and share experiences about the myriad of issues they face in the workplace and our communities." — NAPE President Jerry Earle
"The law is fixed to give unscrupulous employers an opportunity to goad workers into renouncing hard‑fought gains." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"These women are part-time employees and have been without a contract since 2011. They are asking for stable part-time hours." — Debbie Bovyer, PEIUPSE President
The WRHA needs to invest more in HSC Security in order to maintain the service and keep people safe.
“Companies like Google should be the subject of a leaders’ debate not sponsoring them." — Dennis Howlett, executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness
New Senior Advisor must have the authority and independence to push for changes to the Aboriginal child welfare services, says BCGEU/NUPGE.
“Most Canadians wouldn’t buy a new car without researching the warranty coverage, the mileage, reviews and so on. Yet our government would have us agree to sweeping economic agreements like CETA and the TPP without providing us any facts." — Larry Brown, Trade Justice Network co-chair and NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer
"Creative" bargaining means austerity in Nova Scotia.
Social Impact Bonds “exploit the most vulnerable, poorest and others dependent on public services and the welfare state” so investors can make a profit. — Dexter Whitfield
“The reason KPMG is promoting privatization is the same reason it's helping wealthy individuals use tax havens: tax havens increase its profits at the public’s expense.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Halifax (11 Sept. 2015) — The first-ever charge has been laid against an employer under Bill 45, better known as the Westray Bill, in Nova Scotia. The law came into effect as a result of a massive underground mine explosion in 1992 that killed 26 men.
After the explosion, the labour movement pressured Parliament to pass legislation that amended the Criminal Code of Canada to hold criminally liable employers who failed to take steps to protect the lives of their employees. The Westray Bill provided a new regime outlining the framework of corporate liability in Canada.
“It has become abundantly clear that this government is dead set on moving forward with a privatization agenda without any public consultation." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Although Macatee's appointment and recommendations were in response to mill safety concerns, changes brought about through Bill 9 apply to all B.C. workplaces.
“At a time when health care services are being squeezed by the austerity agenda, it’s more critical than ever to have the protection that comes with belonging to Ontario’s strongest advocate for hospital sector workers." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Report reveals there have been only four prosecutions related to teen employment in Alberta since 2000 despite lack of oversight, investigation and enforcement of regulations.
Edmonton (10 Sept. 2015) — A new study released by Parkland Institute raises concerns about the safety and unfair working conditions of many young people across Alberta. The Institute has found that many Alberta teens are working in prohibited occupations or face unsafe workplaces, and that the provincial government has failed to effectively enforce the employment regulations in place to protect them.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) encourages its members and supporters to show their support for public health care.
NBU/NUPGE members work to ensure seniors residing at the Carleton Kirk nursing home receive the best care possible in a safe and welcoming environment.
“This group of workers play a vital role in our province’s health care system: providing care and support to some of our provinces most vulnerable." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"Nova Scotians do not support this government selling off its’ public services. They work hard, pay their taxes, and deserve to get good public services in return." — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President
Halifax (08 Sept. 2015) — The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees' Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) has launched a new campaign designed to raise awareness of the consequences of privatization and service cuts from the provincial Liberal government.
The National Union of Public and General Employees joins with its sisters and brothers in the labour movement in calling for greater assistance for the Syrian refugees.
Not enough people have good jobs in Ontario. And not enough people have the quality public services they need. In this round of bargaining, we’re fighting for both.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"This, Sisters and Brothers, is the most meaningful and exciting Labour Day I’ve ever experienced. Never before have we been so close to electing a government that stands for all Canadians, not just the rich ones." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"We are asking all our members and the general public to respect TSSU picket lines, and join us in calling on SFU management to negotiate a fair collective agreement with its employees.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"We need a government that understands the financial struggles of Canadians, not a government that thinks that most families earnings are in the $120,000 range, as our Prime Minister said a few days ago." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“We’re very pleased that front-line paramedics were consulted in this redesign and even happier to see their recommendations result in improved designs and features." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Part‑timers have really got the short end of the stick. It’s high time they got a fair shake.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“People are telling us they value their public postal service and they want to keep it.” — Mike Palecek, CUPW National President
“This decision to order mass arrest demonstrated a lack of understanding of the right to public protest." — John Hamilton, retired judge
OTTAWA — Special to The Globe and MailPublished Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 3:00AM EDT
Simon Doyle covers lobbying and the intersection of business and politics in Ottawa. He writes for Politics Insider, which is available only to subscribers of Globe Unlimited.
The Canadian Medical Association says it is tapping into voter frustration about health care in close ridings as part of a digital campaign to generate public support for policies to help seniors.
After more than three years, NSGEU/NUPGE members are still without a contract at Sherbrooke Village.
“The fact that these projects — ones that P3 proponents see as successful — are experiencing these problems shows why it’s time to pull the plug on P3 privatization schemes.” — James Clancy, National President NUPGE
Older voters have sway at the polls because they tend to show up and vote
By Geoff Nixon, CBC News
Seniors. They're an increasingly big group and they tend to show up on election day.
They're the group of people aged 65 and older, who now account for nearly one in six members of the population, according to Statistics Canada.
In Windsor, Ont., this group comprises one in five residents. That means local seniors loom even larger at the ballot box, as they make up nearly a quarter of the city's voting-age population.