“All that infrastructure will be built using public-private partnerships, which are essentially cash machines for construction companies, corporate lawyers, and Bay Street financiers.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
A play called The Public Servant is about to open in Toronto and will help put a human face on all the caring and hard-working people in our public service.
The B.C. Liberal government "treats vital social programs and services as a privilege, rather than a right of citizens and families — and most offensively, not a primary responsibility, but secondary duty of government."
"Recognizing PTSD as a presumed workplace injury will ensure that our public service workers who do dangerous and stressful work are properly supported by our government.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Getting these three deals finalized is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our bargaining teams. We're glad we can move forward with these contracts in place." — NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle
Broad-based community task force needed to make recommendations on the renewal of the province’s 125-year-old child protection system, says OPSEU/NUPGE.
"The Premier and the Minister of Health have to step back and start addressing the real issues facing patient care and health care providers — one of the major issues being nurse- to-patient ratios.” — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President
“There is no better cure for precarious work than giving workers a voice. And there’s no better voice for workers than a union.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“It appears the big grocers have told privatization czar Ed Clark that those public safety restrictions are an obstacle to profits so get rid of them." Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“This campaign is about putting road safety ahead of profits.” — BCGEU President Stephanie Smith
"Victims of domestic violence struggle with its effects in every aspect of their life and those issues follow victims to their jobs every single day. We all need to be part of the solution in helping victims." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“BCGEU/NUPGE members at ICCS are standing up for an issue that makes a real difference in preventing burnout.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Ontario now joins Alberta and Manitoba with legislation that creates the presumption that when first responders are diagnosed with PTSD it is work-related," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
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Author of new report forecasts two worrying retirement trends.
By Richard Shillington, Yesterday, iPolitics
As the new Liberal government prepares to table its first budget, the twin challenges of ensuring adequate retirement security and reducing seniors' poverty are coming into sharper focus.
A report published Tuesday by the Broadbent Institute provides new data on seniors' income and retirement savings. It paints a stark picture of worsening poverty and inadequate savings trends, and offers a clear baseline of evidence for government action.
“New buildings are only as good as the people who work in them." — Val Avery, HSABC President
"We’ve witnessed the devastating impacts on workers and the community when public services are caught up in a competitive bidding process and sold off to the lowest bidder. The evidence is clear — the services suffer and costs soar.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Nova Scotia government bows to pressure by seniors and advocates to halt changes to its Seniors' Pharmacare Program.
These employees came together to protect their rights through collective bargaining and to achieve greater job security." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“Right now, it’s so important that we remind Manitobans just how much we rely on each other to receive the kind of services we all want and deserve." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“We look forward to sharing resources and expertise with these new members as we continue to meet the needs of the people we serve.” — Deb Gordon, OPSEU Chair, Child Treatment sector
Positive decision from arbitrator reassures NSGEU/NUPGE members as they wait for provincial government's budget.
Please spare a moment to think about all the Community Service Workers standing ready in case your family needs help or support. In fact, your family is probably already receiving support from one of these workers.
PEIUPSE/NUPGE members at three workplaces will see improvements to the working conditions as they ratify collective agreements.
"Next week’s provincial budget will show if the Liberal government is willing to make the broad investment in public services, or if the erosion of these services will continue." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
"We welcome awareness campaigns and research but the WSIB needs to presume that PTSD is a workplace-acquired illness for first responders. That means putting presumption right into the legislation. It’s the only way a PTSD strategy will be truly effective." — Jamie Ramage, OPSEU Ambulance Division Chair
Join the Women's Memorial March in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to demand justice for missing Indigenous women and girls.
“It takes time for infrastructure spending to kick in and create jobs, so let’s act now to stop penalizing unemployed workers, get them the benefits they paid into and so urgently need, and help them start contributing to their local economies again.” — Hassan Yussuff, CLC President
"Kathleen Wynne supported Justin Trudeau when he said he’d sell $15 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia. Now Trudeau is supporting Wynne as she sells off the jewel in Ontario’s crown. They’re both responsible. They’re both answerable." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"If this government really wants to help young workers and interns, it would ensure that their rights to employment standards regulations and protections were included in the Canada Labour Code." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"From 1999 to 2015, businesses have saved $3.8 billion cumulatively in Manitoba taxes. If anything has tied the hands of provincial policy-makers and eroded Manitoba’s fiscal flexibility, it is these unsustainable tax cuts." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
First Nations and union alliance emerges in wake of Supreme Court ruling requiring B.C. government to make a decision on Northern Gateway pipeline and to consult with First Nations.
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories(09 Feb. 2016) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) signed a Solidarity Accord on February 4, affirming its support of the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law signed by representatives of over 100 First Nations banning tar sands transport through their territories.
Leonard Peltier’s continued incarceration in a U.S. prison is a strong reminder of the historical and modern mistreatment of North America’s Aboriginal peoples.
It is vitally important that workers of colour not suffer for the economic failures of their employers and governments.
"Seniors live on fixed incomes and are already struggling. An increase in Pharmacare costs may be the difference between rent and food on the table or medication." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“After receiving a devastating diagnosis, and then having to leave home, a patient’s stay at A Port in a Storm means they don’t have to sweat the small stuff and can focus on healing.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
By compensating CSS members fairly for the work that they do, HSABC/NUPGE and the employer bargaining association hope that staff recruitment and retention will be improved, leading to improved consistency of care for the individuals they work with.
"We will be looking to the provincial budget in a few weeks to see if the provincial government will address the problem and adequately fund the administration of justice.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Lockdowns are routine and not the exception. Regrettably, there have been incidents of violence. I wanted her to join me to see first-hand the pitiful state of affairs inside that facility.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We have an obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of both our own members and these youth. It’s only a matter of time before we have a tragedy on our hands at Comhla Cruinn." — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President
“Ontarians want their government to properly fund health care and not privatize Hydro One. So what is this government doing? It’s starving public health care and privatizing Hydro One.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Our members have real concerns about their safety and health — and the safety of their clients — as a result of poor management decisions around staff scheduling." — SGEU President Bob Bymoen
"Funding per student is down 18 per cent since 2008. We’re dead last in Canada. Meanwhile, the demands on colleges are through the roof. It’s no wonder they’re desperate." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The demise of those bills will be cause for all of us to celebrate. Let’s hope this represents the beginning of a new and important era of respect for labour rights and working people in Canada by our federal government.
“There has been a series of reports since 2003 highlighting the critical need to improve mental health services for children and youth in B.C. It’s well past time to take action.” — Val Avery, HSABC President
After MGEU/NUPGE members flooded the legislative gallery on December 1, 2015 creating a sea of red T-shirts that said “Still Without a Contract,” the employer finally agreed to return to the table.