After promises of openness and transparency, government proposes a discussion paper that would limit debate and opposition.
"We want to work together to ensure that frontline workers, the services they provide, and the people they care for are not negatively affected during the transition to one massive health region." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“The number of Red Alert incidents must be addressed immediately,. Anything short of that would be unacceptable.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"We’ve been raising these concerns for years, and despite numerous WCB orders and fines, the violence continues.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Striking workers at Community Living Campbellford/Brighton welcome donations to their hardship fund.
“If government has any respect for northerners’ right to make choices about northern education, this is the time to show it. Imposing decisions that run contrary to the needs of local people is not a responsible way forward." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“Will this mean paramedics will be driving longer distances to get their patients to hospital, further tying up ambulances for long stretches on the road? How does that help or improve patient care?” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"Code Census only moves the problem of overcrowding onto in-patient floors. It does nothing to address the underlying problem of an overall lack of capacity and resources that are needed to deal with the growing demands on our health care system." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
Find out more about mental health and healthy coping mechanisms at the PEIUPSE/NUPGE course.
"He touched the lives of thousands of workers, at the bargaining table and at the provincial legislature. John's passion for equality and fairness inspired so many to follow in his footsteps." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“As if this round of negotiations wasn’t already bizarre enough, we now have a situation where the government is at odds with itself about how bargaining should proceed. This is all very strange.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Public employees spend their wages in their local communities, and their purchases help stimulate economic activity that benefits everyone. Austerity agendas that hurt families also slow economic recovery." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
"While the funding announcements sound impressive, most of the money isn’t supposed to be spent until well after the next election. It's also very convenient that the first announcements of what projects will get funding will happen right before the next federal election." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"When you shop LCBO, the profits pay for important public services. When you shop Loblaws, the profits pay for Galen Weston’s next yacht." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"These workers make a tiny fraction of the $300,000 she [Lise Bourgeois, college president] makes each year — yet she continues to use every trick in the book to try to keep them from having a voice.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Despite the government’s intent to impose legislation, our union remains open and committed to going to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair deal.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"If governments really don’t want to be associated with privatization, they should keep services public instead of paying consultants to come up with new euphemisms for privatization.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“We need more than just words to show that the government respects our Charter and provides equal opportunity for economic and social justice for everyone. We need a government that looks for every opportunity to make fairness and equality central to its business." Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“Government talks about job creation as a priority, but when it has the chance to protect the jobs of New Brunswick workers, they side with business.” — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
“For a government that promised to both protect front-line services and find efficiencies in health care, cutting this program makes no sense at all.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“It snows in Alberta every winter. There’s a flu outbreak every year. Regular events should not cripple ambulance services.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
“The failure to fund the necessary work to implement the recommendations brings the government’s commitment to the action plan into serious doubt.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
This is an intensive 6-month program that will provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge related to the Staff Representative I position.
Shelter House of Thunder Bay provided shelter to 928 individuals for a total of 20,352 bed stays in 2016. The SOS program provided 4,923 transports, and gave out 21,696 amenities such as blankets, coats, food, and water to homeless people in need.
"This sentencing is a reminder for Public Safety Minister Mike Morris and B.C.’s court system to take notice of the extremely dangerous and violent conditions our officers are faced with every day.” — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President, Corrections and Sheriff Services
"It’s shameful for government to be making its lowest-paid, most vulnerable employees pay the price for its own financial mismanagement.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
Think tank unveils plan to cut poverty, create jobs, and close tax loopholes.
“Some things are too important for profit to play a role. The collection of life-saving blood products is a critical part of our health care system and introducing a profit motive undermines the safety and security of those vital supplies." Mike Parker, HSAA President
“But it’s also a big loss for all of Westman. It's never easy for a city like Brandon to see jobs cut and shifted to a larger centre.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"We are pleased to see acknowledgement of many of these issues and a timeline to address funding and staffing, quality of care, and accountability in the sector.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"For years, OPSEU/NUPGE has campaigned tirelessly to improve conditions inside care facilities for the benefit of patients, their families and workers alike. We look forward to carrying forward that tradition at Waterford." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
NUPGE is still accepting entries for December or you can start working on your entry for 2017!
Vancouver (01 March 2017) — When the B.C. Liberals delivered a pre-election budget with uncharacteristic commitments to new spending, Finance Minister Mike de Jong boasted about the province’s ability to make service and program investments after so many years of discipline and sacrifice by British Columbians.
"Buildings and equipment don't treat patients. Health professionals treat patients." — Val Avery, HSABC President
“During the last provincial election, the Conservatives vowed to protect public services and the workers who deliver them. Now, we are hearing a different story from the Premier.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President