"We need assurance from the province that bargaining will be fair and not dictated before it even begins.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"Canada must act to address the historical wrongs that have been perpetrated against Indigenous people. Furthermore, we must act to stop the continued discrimination that exists." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"This move means less money for the government to pay for public services. It means reduced social responsibility when it comes to the sale of alcohol. And with the increased availability of alcohol, it means higher health and social costs.” — Denise Davis, OPSEU Chair, Liquor Board Division
"Obstacles don't end on campus. It is more difficult to find good paying, steady jobs to keep up with these rising costs and with their rising debt. The federal government has an obligation to ensure our students have a solid future. It needs to take action now." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“It is noteworthy that the proposed changes will recognize a range of psychological illnesses and injuries that we hope will ensure that all those who need help are able to get it." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“Improving workload through collective bargaining will allow these workers to better support their communities and ensure that no one slips through the cracks.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“When will management at CAMH come to their senses and acknowledge that assaults and violence are escalating and that they have put ineffective measures in place to prevent more workers from becoming seriously injured?" — Nancy Pridham, OPSEU Local 500 President
“That’s like putting one fox in charge of keeping the other foxes out of the chicken coop,” said Thomas. “These folks just can’t help themselves. They still believe that, as Liberals, they’re 'entitled to their 'entitlements'." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Millennials urged to plan for '100-year horizon' — Peter Armstrong, CBC News
"The contributions of these young people were so well written and filled with such insight that we hope this financial assistance will go some way to helping them achieve their dreams." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
As the federal government considers privatizing 8 Canadian airports, NUPGE President says, “If you’re afraid to even use the word privatization, how on earth can you even pretend it's good public policy?"
“This time, outside workers were bending over backwards to get a deal,” said Thomas. “And while councillors are the only part-time town workers with benefits, they tried to rob full-time workers of their drug and dental benefits." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"It's unfortunate, now that the Liberals have their own artificial majority with only 39.5 per cent of the vote, they seem to be backtracking on their commitment to electoral reform." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"This isn't the first trade agreement, nor will it be the last, but we've stood fast in our opposition to a deal that would compromise our public services, workers' rights, our environment, and ultimately, our democracy." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The labour ministries in Ontario and Alberta have received a total of 155 complaints from workers owed money by Addiction Canada, or its predecessor company, Vita Novus. Workers in Ontario are owed $516,821, while workers in Alberta are owed $75,873.
Agreement among 10 European Union countries, including the 4 largest Eurozone members – Germany, France, Spain and Italy – to implement legislation for a financial transactions tax. This will mean that a sizable number of Europe’s financial transactions will be subjected to the tax.
"This kind of wage discrimination is not an accident, it is firmly rooted in society. The only way we can stop the growing income inequality is to ensure that women's work is fairly paid, equal and valued." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) helps family start a new life in Canada.
"Repealing these bills shows that this government understands that strong unions matter. It understands that giving workers the freedom to join together and speak our minds freely is vital to the health and prosperity of our communities and our country." Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"The negotiators cannot ignore and devalue the reasonable and legitimate criticisms that have been continually raised by citizens throughout Canada and Europe.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Given that the province has not agreed to cover these costs, there is only one place this money can come from: massive cuts to the front-line staff that provide hands-on patient care." — Sara Labelle, Chair of OPSEU's Hospital Professionals Division
"Because when you improve your working conditions, you will be improving the services that you provide to children and families...and we all know that's what this rally is all about." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“Currently the PCH workers in Nelson House are making significantly less than PCH workers in the rest of Manitoba, including in Thompson, only 100 km away. These are dedicated workers that care for the elders in the community and deserve to be treated fairly.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“This supper is to express our appreciation to seniors for all they have done to make our community, province, and country what they are today.” — Barry Nowoselsky, SGEU Vice-President
"If the Liberals believe pay equity is a human right, then it needs to be addressed today not in 2 years.If they believe that it is in the best interests of Canada to have women participating fully in our economic, social and democratic life then they need to make it happen now." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"It’s entirely appropriate that [the workers at HopeGreyBruce Mental Health and Addictions Services] themselves be more properly appreciated for their contributions to the agency and the communities they serve." — Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division
The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) is calling on members to use this opportunity to talk about supporting public services rather than cutting them, and tovoice their opinions on what investments must be made do this.
"In Canada, we've seen only a glimpse of the ruin that Hurricane Matthew has unleashed. We are thankful we can do our part to help rebuild." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
The public needs to know more about who health professionals are, and the important work they do.
"The employer now has no doubt that we are serious about our demands, and we will not back down. We will get a fair deal.” — Valentina Khoudiakova, OPSEU Local 518 President
SGEU/NUPGE has made recommendations to the review advisory panel, stressing the vital role health workers play in providing quality care to patients, residents and families.
"This facility has an atrocious record when it comes to violent incidents and refusing to address the causes is completely unacceptable.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"The government should be addressing the impact income inequality is having on peoples' lives," said Brown, "instead of supporting plans that will eliminate jobs, reduce our ability to regulate industries, and put the common good of our country at risk." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
This ruling helps to solidify the charter right to a meaningful process of collective bargaining.
“We have seen decisions made by previous governments based on an ideological commitment to privatization without evidence to back up that it was in the best interests of Albertans,” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
“This campaign will give us the chance to shape the Ontario we all want. The 28 of you are right on the forefront.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President and Treasurer
“The union and the employer began negotiations over 18 months ago. But up to now, the employer has chosen to lead their valued employees down the garden path. That’s shabby in itself. But now it looks like they’re ready to put their clients’ well-being on the line as well." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU
“We’re hoping the ad is shared widely with friends and family over social media, keeps the conversation going, and encourages people to let the government know that cuts to public services are not the answer.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Canadians believed they were electing a different kind of government than we had in the last decade. We need to make sure that they will meet that promise, for the common good of all of us.
In a democracy, decisions should reflect the wishes of a majority of voters. Unfortunately, the way we elect governments in Canada means that rarely happens. The National Union has a discussion paper that looks at better ways to hold elections.
Consultation welcomed by Voices-Voix Coalition, but concerns remain over limited scope and continuing political activities audits.
“We are proud to support the MFL on this initiative, calling on the government to do the right thing and lift the freeze on minimum wage.” — Michelle Gawronsky, President Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union
“We recognize the tremendous value more inclusive workplaces offer. We support the government’s willingness to work with the community, but we don’t need any more lip service. What we need is real change.” — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas