“In fact, 76% of shelters have relied on food donations in the last six months to meet their needs." - Lise Martin, Executive Director of CNWSTH
“If policy-makers are serious about meaningfully addressing the unacceptably high toll of workplace injuries, the first step is to take greater responsibility for ensuring the public understands the reality of how, where, and why workers are being injured and killed at work.” — Jason Foster and Bob Barnetson, co-authors Buried and Forgotten
“The Liberals need to know that they can’t expect to get votes on empty promises. They need to put patients first, not just say they’re going to.” — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
BCGEU/NUPGE to start a pilot project integrating the Sanctuary City principles into education workshops for members who work in community social services.
“On April 28, we join with our sisters and brothers and neighbours and friends in mourning for those who have lost their lives through workplace-related events. Then, we once again roll up our sleeves and fight to protect the health and safety of the living.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“I think you’re a good guy, Minister, but we’re going to keep your feet to the fire until this crisis has been fixed.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“This announcement assures continuity of service and stability for the travelling public. Our front-line members want to work with Mainroad to ensure roads in the region are safe and maintained to the highest standards.” — Rory Smith, BCGEU Vice-President Operational Services
"I think if our government takes a long look at this proposal, they will come to the same conclusion as Nova Scotia." —Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
“Our goal remains to protect the mental health services for our communities by protecting the people who provide that service." — Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division
MGEU/NUPGE members negotiated improvements to wages, benefits and job security.
To put it in perspective, the first significant wildfire event this year occurred some 3 weeks earlier than in 2015 and Environment Canada is forecasting an 80 to 90 per cent chance that B.C. will be hotter than average through June.
“I can’t believe that after the recent million dollar decision of the McNeil government not to privatize the motor vehicles, land and joint stock registries that [it] would even consider allowing the private sector anywhere near our health care system,” says Danny Cavanagh, NSFL President
The third in a series of five NUPGE Pension Basics webinars will explore the basics of pension investment, investment risks and opportunities and the role of trustees in setting investment policies.
After 67 years, the federal government has run out of excuses. It can no longer justify its refusal to ratify ILO Convention No. 98, since the right to organize and bargain collectively is now recognized as a constitutional right in Canada.
“The key is a comprehensive strategy that supports workers, their families and communities as partners in change, not victims of change. With a just transition strategy in place, the possibilities are rich and the vision of greener communities in a low-carbon economy is bright.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"The issues we raised don’t just affect the working conditions of our members, they also have a serious impact on our justice system." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"In the last two years, courts across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, have ruled that collective bargaining rights deserve constitutional protection because they enhance Charter values of democracy, dignity and equality.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“If [the] government insists on making any changes to this benefit, it would ultimately have to be dealt with through the collective bargaining process.” — Karen Jackson, PEI UPSE President
NBU/NUPGE members help make New Brunswick work whether it's in hospitals, on highways, in forests and on the waterways, or at Service New Brunswick locations and numerous other government buildings.
“I urge all staff in both bargaining units to get out and exercise their right to vote." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Cancer cluster is found at a hospital in B.C.; unions fight at the highest level to show causation.
“The impact of these austerity measures will be felt far and wide — from the young to our elderly and most vulnerable. The public sector cuts, layoffs and closures are hitting our rural communities the hardest. Is this the stronger tomorrow we were promised?” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Violence is not a condition of employment that anyone agrees to accept when taking a job,” he said. We will continue to support Local 329, and all workers in dangerous workplaces, in every way we can.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
MGEU member, Michelle McHale, recently brought concerns of bullying and homophobia in schools to the Hanover School Division board of trustees. Unfortunately, she has received hurtful and threatening online comments in response.
"The result of the historic gamble on the market price of a single commodity won't be fixed in one year, given the stubbornness of the downturn, and that's what this budget acknowledges." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President
"We have concerns that eliminating jobs in the public sector will have an impact on the vital public services that the people of this province depend on every day. You simply can’t do more, with less." Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Blair Redlin, co-chair of the Trade Justice Network (TJN) told members of the House of Commons Committee on International Trade there is no rush to ratify the TPP, and every reason for a proper economic, social and environmental evaluation of the deal.
"Public registries provide approximately $150 million in revenue every year. We are pleased that government has done the math and realized that privatization is not the best way forward.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU acting President
“Based on the Liberals’ track record, when faced with opposition, they respond just enough to blunt that opposition but then continue on the same track once things quiet down." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"We need more funding from the provincial government to these facilities to increase their staffing levels, and we need more monitoring in place to ensure that employers are maintaining the minimum staffing set out in the guidelines." — Sherry Ogasawara, VP in Health Services, BCGEU
According to a survey conducted by Angus Reid, 43 per cent of Canadian women say they have been sexually harassed at work. “Two thirds of our 130,000 members are women." — Warren (Smokey)Thomas.
Join the campaign to raise the minimum wage for the lowest-paid workers in our country.
“In many ways, it’s an interesting contract to bargain because there are so few comparators to what these members do.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
The PEI government will examine the "future costs" of the public sector service gratuity — retirement allowance — in its upcoming budget. Workers concerned this could lead to a reduction in benefits to save the province money.
"We will do all that we can to counter this court challenge that would create barriers to accessing our health care system.” — Dr. Monika Dutt, Chair of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare
“We’ve been flooded with stories from students and parents who’ve been deeply touched by these schools.They speak of miracles — miracles that come from an education these kids simply can’t get in the regular stream." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"The B.C. Nurses' Union leadership has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to wrestle members out of other unions. iI's hurting the relationship between health care professionals and it's wasting the dues provided by hard-working nurses." — Val Avery, President of HSABC
We will wait for the report from BC Corrections to see what they have done to ensure that FRCC has addressed these violations." — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President Corrections and Sheriff Services
Reports by Auditors General in 4 provinces have suggested that the savings P3 privatization schemes provide by transferring risk to the private sector are overstated.
"To suggest that there would not be ambulance services available to respond to an emergency when needed, whether in the midst of a strike or not, is a dangerous misrepresentation." — Michael Parker, HSAA Vice-President
Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat supports BloodWatch in its call for federal and all provincial and territorial governments to prohibit paid blood and plasma donations.
“At a time when government is investing in safety measures at the legislature, why are they content with our courthouses being unsafe?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU acting President
"The Ministers knew lives were in danger, and they did nothing. What are they going to do now? That’s my question." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Privatization has meant higher costs and tuition fees in Newfoundland and Labador, at the same time the number of students dropped. The only winners are the private colleges that got contracts.
“Inmates are being incarcerated in violent prison settings, then are being released into communities where programs and support services are in short supply. The public safety implications should be taken into account." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
HSABC/NUPGE members to vote on agreement in the coming days.
“OCDC has become the brand name for Ontario’s crisis in corrections and I fear we will see more of the cover ups, lies and toxic labour relations that plague the jail system." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The list of powerful figures shown to have been using tax havens makes it clear we need to look at what politicians are doing about tax havens, not what they say." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Unions Matter winners help celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and mark the Day of Mourning (April 28).
Ottawa (06 Apr. 2016) — Everybody understands that unions speak up for wages and working conditions, but Grade 12 student Emily Genyn knows that unions are also an important voice for the environment. After all, she writes, "There are no jobs on a dead planet."
“We will be looking for opportunities to move these issues forward and to work with the Minister and ministry staff to make these important improvements." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“Individuals and companies profiting from privatization know that donations to parties that support privatization will be rewarded in the form of more and larger privatization deals.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
The preservation of our environment is crucial . With society’s modern lifestyle we are taking more from the earth than ever before, making it difficult to restore the damage done. Every action we can take to help encourage sustainability is vastly important, thus the significance of unions and their environmental committees.
Changes proposed in budget would have seen drug costs increase for many seniors.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas said there was a big problem when senior managers lie to the minister.
Webinar on pension plan funding and the role of the actuary to take place Friday, April 8.
Every piece of legislation has a story and we are here to support the Government of Alberta in writing the proper ending to our three decade tragedy by banning the sale of blood and plasma.” — Bloodwatch.org
The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a right-wing campaign against unions is cause to celebrate. But it’s also a reminder that we can never let down our guard.