“When the Liberals sold off 15 per cent of Hydro One, they removed it from the Sunshine List. Schmidt’s annual salary is $4.6 million — four times what his predecessor made. That’s the price of privatization, I guess." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
When you do business with public bodies and with public funds, you have an obligation to be transparent. These corporations obviously see it a different way and want to put their business interests ahead of the public’s right to know.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Now, more than ever, it’s important to have the protection that comes with belonging to Ontario’s strongest advocate for hospital sector workers." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Breaking the cycle of abuse can be tremendously difficult and, as a province, we should be doing everything we can to help people in this regard." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
MGEU/NUPGE members vote in favour of tentative agreement.
We’ve stopped going backwards, but this government missed a number of opportunities to take some major steps toward building a more equal society and making life easier for the average Canadian.
Ottawa (29 March 2016) — When you take a close look at the budget, the “real change” promised by the federal government starts to look like a modest improvement on Stephen Harper’s last budget. We’ve stopped going backwards, but this government missed a number of opportunities to take some major steps toward building a more equal society and making life easier for the average Canadian.
MGEU members negotiate improvements to wages, health benefits and job security.
"I’m asking the House to please join me in saying a huge, huge thank you to all the people who give their time, and of their wallets, to make these organizations so great in our communities." — Michelle Mungall, NDP MLA, Nelson-Creston
“Our newspaper ads go right to the heart of the matter. The highest-paid people in Ontario’s colleges are doing everything they can to stop some of the lowest-paid from getting ahead. That’s a fact.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Toronto (24 March 2016) — A new newspaper ad from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) has a simple message for community college presidents this week: Stop interfering with workers’ right to unionize.
"[The Public Servant] puts an honest human face on all those in the public service who are working to make their communities better places to live. And in this age of austerity and privatization that’s not as easy to accomplish as it once was." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Twice a year, Homeless Connects Edmonton and its service providers and volunteers host an event at the Shaw Conference Centre to help over 2000 guests create pathways out of homelessness.
OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas said that Corrections Miniser Naqvi seemed "shocked to see the deplorable conditions inmates were living in — and correctional officers were working under. Clearly, something had to be done, and done quickly.”
"Our provincial prisons are increasingly violent for both the inmates and the men and women who work there. The problems cannot be ignored.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“When our members delivered food services, the meals were safe and met health standards. Clearly, Compass can’t manage even that.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
The private sector’s involvement in health care is the cause of many of our system’s problems, not the solution." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Attend this important forum with leading experts to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Ottawa.
"On this International Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination, we pledge to stand by our committments to the Syrian people who have traveled so far and long to get here, as well as to those in our communities who struggle for equality every day." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
We all benefit from their efforts to keep our communities healthy, safe, and livable.
The current practice of forcing sheriffs to work overtime is not working and is unsustainable. The shortage is compromising courthouse security, delaying important proceedings, and is threatening the integrity of our justice system.
As the first law of its kind in Canada, Bill 8 establishes protection in the form of guaranteed paid job leave for victims of domestic violence who are dealing with the effects of abuse and need to take time off from work.
Spending plan will also invest heavily in "unsexy" infrastructure projects.
By giving KPMG customers an amnesty, the CRA is saying that those guilty of the worst offences will get off lightly, while those guilty of less severe offences will face serious penalties. For the overwhelming majority of Canadians, that is deeply offensive.
Tax fairness and support for public services part of fiscal update.
BBQ to be held to celebrate keeping mental health facility in Abbotsford open.
Health care professionals are committed to ensuring safety of Albertans
"We are disappointed that the Chamber came out with this report which is neither in the interests of Ontarians nor in the interests of many of the Chamber’s members.” — Natalie Mehra, executive director of the OHC
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas was not surprised that more privatization was being slipped in under cover of apparently harmless legislation. “The devil is in the details and never more so than with this Liberal government" said Thomas.
The 2016 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) projects a federal deficit of $29.2 billion for 2016-17 when Liberal platform measures are taken into account. It also delivers a blueprint showing how the government could take on a $37.9 billion deficit and still maintain Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio.
Organizations condemn murder and urge the U.S. Secretary of State to press the Honduran government to provide immediate, effective, and carefully consulted protection to Mexican environmentalist and journalist Gustavo Castro Soto and other witnesses in the case.
"The BCGEU/NUPGE calls on the provincial government to offer more substantive solutions by building additional assisted living facilities, especially in rural B.C., and ensuring that low-income seniors have access to appropriate care." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“OPSEU/NUPGE wrote the book, literally, when it comes to wages and working conditions for full-time college support staff, but part-time staff at our community colleges have endured inferior wages and working conditions for too long." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
NUPGE set to deliver first in a series of five Pension Basics webinars.
Major issues are on the bargaining table for HSABC/NUPGE nursing members.
"The government has admitted — after documents were released under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act — that all options are on the table, including, specifically, privatization of public services." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“When Social Impact Bonds first appeared we expected that they would prove to be more expensive, but this is even worse than what we expected." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
The latest winners in our Why Unions Matter contest remind us that solidarity can be a powerful tool against discrimination and injustice.
Ottawa (08 Mar. 2016) — March 8 is International Women's Day, and the theme for this year is "pledge for parity." The sad truth is that women have not yet achieved parity in the workplace or in politics, but by participaiting in their unions, women from around the world are managing to bridge the gap.
“If we are going to improve the quality of women’s lives and stop the growing income inequality that exists in this country, we have to ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Survey results point to what the BCGEU/NUPGE has been saying: there is a poisonous work environment, chronically low staff morale and other significant problems that must be addressed.
I’m defined by my sex and visible appearance.
People, jobs, opportunities won’t see past my skin, interference.
In a world where people see colours like black and white
Preconceived judgements thieve my chances.
With the masses, they oppress, and thus I fight.
I cannot do this alone, and in reality, I don’t.
The union is there for me.
(Written from the perspective of a daughter of a unionized mother)
Before I was even born countless women like my mother not only joined unions in their workplace but also rose to the challenge of being shop stewards, lighting the torch for the rights of women.
"If we were to privatize this important public asset, hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for public services like health care, education, and programs for families would be lost." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"Make no mistake: this isn’t about vulnerable children’s welfare. This is about cutting costs." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Our members who work at BC Liquor Stores across the province take social responsibility very seriously — they understand the importance of keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors, and are trained to check photo identification and not over serve." — BCGEU President Stephanie Smith
"The Pension Basics webinars are a part of NUPGE’s ongoing efforts to increase the knowledge base and skill level of our activists in the important area of pensions." — Larry Brown, NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer
Ratification vote will be held in March.
"This is not simply about inmates in a correctional facility or the people that work there — it is about the type of province we want to live in, the type of province we want to leave to our children.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
The ink is barely dry on last week’s Ontario budget and already Premier Kathleen Wynne is conceding the possibility that her government didn’t “get it right” on the sensitive issue of prescription drugs for seniors.
She’s correct: making most seniors pay more for their prescriptions is a wrong-headed approach and the sooner the government backs away from it, the better.
It’s the biggest flaw in what was generally a well-crafted budget, considering Ontario’s difficult financial situation.
New four-year agreement provides improvements to working conditions.
"What the Liberals do with Bill 167 will test how serious they really are about transparency and accountability." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
True collaboration doesn't exclude perspectives and ideas from those working in the field, in fact, true collaboration welcomes these.
Visitor Information Centres will remain open and run by the province.