"And while we continue to strengthen our efforts around injury and illness prevention, make no mistake: strong health and safety laws, and diligent enforcement of those laws, are still foundational for keeping workers safe on the job.” — Kevin Rebeck, MFL President
This decision is likely to set a precedent for other bargaining units affected by essential services legislation.
The hiring will bring the total number of employees with conservation officer designation to 160 province-wide.
"This is not an isolated incident, nurses and health care workers are telling us that the lack of staff and broken equipment is an issue in hospitals and health care facilities across the entire province." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“I’m as pleased as punch that we can take away some anxiety that some members might have about their retirement income." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We encourage the federal government to take meaningful steps to further protect workers from harassment and violence. This impacts every sector.” — Hassan Yussuff, CLC President
"Calling for greater corporate responsibility as a shareholder is not only financially prudent, but it allows us to pursue our values as a labour union as well." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“This is yet another example of how privatization puts profits before people and leaves accountability in the dust." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The Ombudsperson's report confirms problems the BCGEU/NUPGE has pointed out for years regarding the long wait times and inadequate service levels experienced by the province's most vulnerable people when calling into the ministry's centralized phone system.
"NSGEU/NUPGE members should be very proud of what they've achieved. Their dedication and commitment has made a huge difference in the lives of working people and made Nova Scotia a better place to live" — Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees.
It is a measure of just how big a disaster privatization of prison food services turned out to be that the same state governor who originally proposed privatization is now proposing bring the services back under public control.
“Our future is being placed at risk because of a lack of action. Earth Day cannot be a celebration so long as we continue to resist moving towards a sustainable environment, just transition and measures to achieve a low-carbon economy.”— Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Pharmacare will save lives, reduce suffering and lower costs by billions of dollars each year. Canada is the only country with universal health care that does not have pharmacare. Canadians deserve better and must demand better.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
A clear victory for provinces to regulate the economy in the public interest.
For workers, even after deductions, an increase in the minimum wage provides two times the benefit of a tax cut.
If they give a strike mandate, NSGEU/NUPGE President Jason MacLean says his members at the IWK Health Centre could take job action as soon as next month.
“Every day should be equality day, because every day we need to fight against the systemic inequality we witness and reaffirm our commitment to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” – Larry Brown, NUPGE President
In BC, first responders, sheriffs,and correctional officers will no longer have to prove that their mental injury is work-related.
"Tax haven use in Canada has been rampant precisely because our lawmakers were looking the other way. They need to show the public that they have turned that around." — Dennis Howlett, Executive Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness
UPDATE: Doug Ford believes Liberal government claims about Hydro One Governance Agreement
“Banning paid blood donations across the country is the right thing to do. We are calling on the federal health minister to take action. We support provincial campaigns for legislation but recognize they are needed only because of continuing federal inaction” – Larry Brown, President of NUPGE
"If 1,000 of our members did this, it would equal $25,000 to NBAFB." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
The government is closing its Provincial Services office in Killarney, and the jobs of the affected members will be transferred to Winnipeg. Send the Premier a message; tell him to keep the Killarney office open.
“Algoma University has dragged their feet for 22 months, avoiding substantive issues at the bargaining table such as fair wages. We have been ready to bargain this whole time, and now there is not a lot of time left." — Pelham Matthews, OPSEU bargaining chair for Algoma faculty
“Next to government neglect, this attempt to use the Canadian Charter to kill public health care is the biggest threat to medicare in Canada. It’s time that governments wake up to the threat of private health care and take steps to protect our public health care system.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
What’s needed is for governments to provide community services with adequate funding. And a first step would be to ask the wealthy and large corporations to pay their share of taxes — instead of allowing them to profit from the misfortune of others by investing in social impact bonds.
Vancouver (06 April 2018) — Tonie Beharrell, of the Health Sciences Association of B.C.'s legal department, presented the union's submission to the government’s Labour Relations Code review panel in March. The submission outlines 14 recommendations regarding reform to the Labour Relations Code.
"We are pleased to welcome our new members under Broadmead's umbrella and look forward to supporting them in the important work they do in their community." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“Canadians should not be complacent about giving radical new powers to national security agencies, especially when C-59 has been pitched as a ‘fix’ of the old law." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Care about the future of developmental services in Ontario? Join OPSEU/NUPGE members to help send a message that increased funding and stable working conditions are needed now.
“Our union continues to grow in the private sector. Workers see our union as a champion for their rights, better pay and benefits, improved health and safety standards, and for better overall working conditions.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
The smiles on the faces of patients and their families make the long days and hard work in Ecuador worth it. In Ecuador, there is a financial cost to medical care, one that many cannot afford. It is both rewarding and humbling to use their skills to help those people truly in need.
“It’s good to have a government that is taking a comprehensive view of what needs to be done to reduce surgical wait times, and that realizes this extends to reducing wait times for related diagnostic procedures like MRI.” — Val Avery, HSABC President
Halifax (03 April 2018) — On March 29, the Liberal McNeil government tabled legislation, Bill No. 107, that will amend the Labour Standards Code to include the right to unpaid leave if a worker or a worker's child/dependent is a victim of domestic violence.
“Privatization and heavy workloads are both huge issues at Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario. Holding strong for an agreement that addresses both of these issues is a huge victory for both the people who provide children’s aid services, and the children and families who depend on them.” — Chrisy Tremblay, a member of the Local 454 bargaining team and the Vice-Chair of OPSEU’s CAS sector