"In terms of the privatization of management of the Extra-Mural Program, we don't feel government listened to the people." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
New agreements ratified by NAPE/NUPGE members.
“This kind of silly game playing is just counterproductive. I hope they’re taking a more serious approach to negotiations with our correctional bargaining team, which is trying hard to fix the crisis in corrections.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Strike action is never the first choice, but AYSP staff have shown they will do what is necessary to reach an agreement." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"The details of this attack are very troubling. How does a patient in a forensic psychiatric ward get their hands on a pair of surgical scissors?" — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Current model lets the "fox guard the hen house."
The richest 1 per cent got 87 per cent of the increase in wealth last year. The poorest 50 per cent got nothing.
“The women who dedicate their lives to helping Indigenous women in need have found that they themselves are in need." — Kareen Marshall, Chair of OPSEU’s Community Agencies Division
The Nova Scotia government has announced significant changes to the education system, including the dissolution of 7 elected school boards.
Door-to-door protected for millions, but fight to reverse the cuts carries on.
This tax exemption for foreign companies means that they don't pay the same taxes as Canadian businesses on what they earn in Canada — Canadians for Tax Fairness
“This is a bad deal for Canadian workers, a bad deal for Canadian families, and a bad deal for the Canadian economy. There’s absolutely no reason why Prime Minister Trudeau should be endorsing this trade agreement.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"Bill 178 return-to-work legislation violates rights and freedoms that workers have fought to win for more than a century. OPSEU/NUPGE is committed to protecting those hard-won rights.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Privatization, equality rights, and good jobs are front-and-centre for NBU/NUPGE this year.
“But as we’ve seen over the past year, cuts are threatening those services and the things we all care about are starting to fall through the cracks.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“When we first sat down at the table, the employer demanded a slate of concessions, including benefits cuts for most of the membership. But the bargaining team was able to remove every, single concession. This was a great victory.” — Julie Lenko, OPSEU Chair of the LHINs’ central bargaining team
“The collapse this week of the privatization giant Carillion is just one more painful reminder that privatization can’t be trusted, and we can’t trust people like Clark who continue to push privatization." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“That people with extensive experience of both publicly controlled and privatized services want to reverse privatization is a damning indictment of privatization.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"His policy will put more people at risk, it will drive jobs out of our rural communities and unilateral decisions like this do nothing to bring integrity back to government.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
Despite being a profitable multinational company, Tim Hortons refuses to respect the spirit of the new labour law to improve wages and working condition of low paid workers.
As part of a labour movement that stands up for equality and fairness, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is encouraging its members to participate in the march in their community to demand gender, racial, social and economic justice.
“This is a clear sign that privatization doesn’t work. It’s ineffective. It’s overpriced. And as we’re learning today, it’s totally unreliable. This is another example of failed privatization taking more money out of the pockets of Ontarians." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Every other province understands that having some kind of public involvement in the pot business is a good thing for government revenues. This is money that can fund education and enforcement programs around cannabis use, in addition to other core public services.” — Bob Stadnichuk, Chair of SGEU’s Retail and Regulatory Bargaining Committee
The failure of Carillion is yet another example of how the myth that P3 privatization schemes save the public money by transferring risk to the private sector doesn't reflect reality.
“Our union remains committed to protecting public pensions and ensuring the government lives up to its promise to protect them as well." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“At the start of a new year, we like to count our blessings. This agency, and the caring and dedicated staff who help some very vulnerable members of our community, are a blessing to society, and I know they’re a great addition to our OPSEU/NUPGE family." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Magistrates labelled the evidence against Hassan Diab “full of contradictions and imprecision.”
Whether you’ve been working on pension issues for years or are still thinking about getting involved, the information in the webinars will be helpful.
Successive federal governments have talked tough on crime, terrorism and tax avoidance, while doing nothing to change weak rules about transparency for corporate ownership that facilitated those activities. While more is needed, it is encouraging to see governments recognizing the need to shut down the snow haven.
“We congratulate our OPSEU/NUPGE organizers for this historic organizing victory. We know that one of the best ways to stop the scourge of income inequality, and the growth of unfair low-waged jobs, is to increase and improve the rights and power of precarious workers to organize and bargain collectively.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Labour speaks with one voice when we call on Tim Hortons and all employers across Ontario to respect the province’s labour laws and the long-overdue increase in the minimum wage. To have owners of such a profitable company punish their loyal workers for an increase in the minimum wage is reprehensible and all citizens should take notice.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“We work in volatile and violent workplaces. We find that giving back to the community is an effective means to cope with the daily stress we face. This outreach keeps us focused on the reason we do what we do every day.” — Chris Jackel, OPSEU's correctional bargaining chair
“By creating a subsidiary entity of Alberta Health Services (AHS) covering lab services province-wide, this government has created a further division in public health care in Alberta." — Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice-President, and laboratory technologist
Shutting down Quick Care Clinics at the same time as ERs are closing doesn't make sense for patients.
This review provides an important opportunity to fix how the provincial government oversees industry's activities on the land base, so that the environment and the public interest are better protected.
"This partnership with the BC Centre on Substance Use supports social workers, who are critical members of the multidisciplinary care team, to lead research on the clinical approaches to addictions care." — Val Avery, HSABC President
The deadline for applications and essays is July 6, 2018.
PEI UPSE/NUPGE’s bursary and scholarship program helps reduce some of the economic burden that students face.
After the retrofit, the Northern Sea Wolf, a 17-year-old vessel, will accommodate approximately 3,500 passengers and 1,200 vehicles each year on a route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola.