June 2016 | National Union of Public and General Employees

June 2016

Corrections violence now in WCB hands says BCGEU

Vancouver (30 June 2016) — On June 27,  representatives of the B.C. Government and General Employees Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) met with senior WorkSafeBC officials to discuss the dramatic increase in violence inside all 9 provincial jails.

BCGEU/NUPGE pushes for action on increased violence in jails

Representing BCGEU/NUPGE was Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President & Chair of Component 1, Brian Campbell, Component 2nd Vice-Chair, Brandon Cox, Component Executive member and Staff Representative Mike Eso.

The issues raised at the meeting include

Why Unions Matter to Canada

As a child, I only knew of my grandfather. My mother explained that when she was four, her family had to leave Ontario as my grandfather and a few other men had been blacklisted for trying to start a union.

My mother recalls a newspaper article with a picture of her father sitting in the back of a police wagonn.

Times were tough for her family, especially in the 1940s. While she does not remember much of the train, she knows her family relocated via railway to Vancouver.

'I'm not stepping out of the fight for fairness, only stepping into a different role in that struggle'

"Values like sharing, caring, love, respect, and taking responsibility for our lives and how we want to be treated. These are the values that define us. They are what breathe meaning into the word solidarity. They are what give motion to our movement." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President