“We support cannabis sales in the LCBO because the LCBO has the experience in dealing with a controlled substance. That’s the same reason the LCBO is Ontarians’ number one choice when it comes to retailing cannabis.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE
“I can confidently say that no one is better able to represent ASYR’s workers than OPSEU/NUPGE.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“When it comes down to it, this is about the need for stable, predictable funding for our First Nations communities." —Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
The report's finding are "particularly alarming considering that in Canada, seniors make up the fastest-growing age demographic.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"While many lives have been lost by being exposed to asbestos, going forward this legislation will help protect others from suffering the same fate ." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“I can’t believe the province is allowing public dollars to be spent on hotels and travel expenses for supervisors from Ottawa to work in Peel. All of that money could go into providing better services for children and families." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"I'm proud of the members who raised their voices against this offer and who stand with the bargaining committee as we proceed to the next steps." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
MGEU/NUPGE members are striking for equal pay. "Health care providers throughout this region who do the same jobs should be paid the same wages no matter where they live and work.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“This isn’t the end of the struggle, but it’s one step closer to getting these workers what they deserve." — Marilou Martin, OPSEU's Chair of college support workers division
“Our members have been saying for years that cuts in funding have forced them to do the same work in less time. They are now expected to care for more patients than ever before, in the same work day.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“Manitobans have clearly indicated that they want public services to remain public and this is what the government committed to do." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“Our members have made sacrifices. Clearly, the MHAs, despite all their bluster and doublespeak on MHA pension reform during the election, aren’t willing to do the same.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
She typed away at her computer, finishing up the last few words of her data report.
The clock struck 5, signaling the end of another long work day.
Her boss entered the room and stacked a large pile of papers on her desk.
She didn’t miss the devious smirk on his face. He signed instructions to her and left the room.
Grateful for this new job opportunity, she reluctantly stayed behind to tend to her boss’s tedious tasks.
Drip, drop, drip.
The sound of the creamer pouring in to her mug echoed in her mind as she made a cup of coffee.
Embraced amidst the folds of my scarf,
And veiled behind this black gossamer,
I appear a symbol of oppression and hate,
But I stand a proud Canadian of Islamic faith.
My face is shielded, but my eyes are free,
To endure the stares of rage they see.
The media has not portrayed my people so great,
But I stand a proud Canadian of Islamic faith.
Unions matter because I love my father. What, you might say? What does your personal love for your father have to do with unions? My dad is a non-union construction labourer. He has worked other labour jobs including highway construction, fixing bridges, operating a snow plow, chainsaw operation (his first job ever when he was a teen) and landscaping.
"Let's round out 2016 with some amazing contributions! We look forward to seeing yours soon." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Canadians understand the need for a fairer election system. What they can’t understand is why the federal government is trying to use its survey to manipulate public opinion.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"Our members remember what happened when health care funding was cut in 1995 during a previous Liberal reign. In many ways, we are still recovering from it. Now would be a good time for the Prime Minister, as well as the Premiers, to listen to the voices of front-line health care professionals." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"From small mom and pop shops to national companies that produce goods and services here in the province, buying local is good for our economy.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"We have a role to play in holding our institutions — the military, the police, the judiciary — to account when they allow violence to be perpetrated. As unionists, we have the responsibility to support the vulnerable in our midst." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"We will urge her [the Premier] to increase the number of full-time park ranger field staff and lengthen the work season for seasonal rangers, to at least match 2001 funding levels.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Federal government survey provides inaccurate look at electoral reform options.
Lysyk noted that, in the last 5 years, 2 of the province’s 4 psychiatric hospitals have slipped beneath 70 per cent full-time staffing — the minimum recommended to achieve the best results.
"First, the Premier of this province made a mess out of our health care system, and now, he's moved on to meddle with our public education system and is locking kids out of their own schools." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“We congratulate the B.C. government for taking this important first step to implement the recommendations of the Plecas report." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Our goal, and that of the broader labour movement, has been to ensure that our children and our grandchildren have strong and secure retirement security. Getting to this stage is a victory." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"The Liberal government has an excellent opportunity as it negotiates a new Health Accord to put concrete measures in place to support people living with AIDS and HIV. This means more funding, more research, increased support systems, and access to more affordable drugs." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“The government’s Fair Elections Financing Act will give the power of governance back to the people and keep big money interests at bay.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President