Response times, compliance records and financial statements don't sound like intellectual property, but it is information New Brunswickers should be able to access. This way, they can understand if the service is being run properly.
“How can the employer ask its workers to take a $20,000 pay cut when it’s given its CEO a $20,000 pay hike?" — Len Mancini, OPSEU Local 216 bargaining committee Chair
"We know that AFSME, and public sector workers across the United States, will defend themselves and the services they provide against this political attack on workers' rights. We are with them in this fight, today, and in the coming days. Our work continues." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“It took some time for the employer to come around, but eventually they got the message that Local 152 members were serious about equity and clarity.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
If private prison companies can’t be trusted to house people convicted of crimes, why on earth are they being trusted to look after children?
“Even though the work we do is incredibly important, it has been sadly neglected by the government. By mobilizing our members and building alliances with community groups, we forced the previous provincial government to commit to a base funding increase to our agencies." — Erin Smith-Rice, the Chair of OPSEU’s Developmental Services Sector.
New members join NSGEU/NUPGE to bring democracy and respect to the workplace.
"This truly is a ground-breaking deal that will help achieve fairness for casino workers across the industry." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
[This] announcement, while flashy, has left more questions than answers. There is one thing for certain, every community in Nova Scotia must now be asking themselves: are we next?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
The message to the employer — and on the ballot — was that the offer is only accepted on the condition that the MGEU/NUPGE continue to fight Bill 28, The Public Services Sustainability Act.
“The government is unwilling to agree to reasonable improvements in the collective agreement that would give workers and their families a little more economic security.” — Barry Nowoselsky, Chair of the Public Service/Government Employment (PS/GE) negotiating committee
“NUPGE’s pension webinars provide our members with the tools and information they need to protect and improve our members’ pensions.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"So, today, we want to encourage our 390,000 members across the country to reflect on these abuses and recommit to fighting continuing acts of oppression. If we are on a path of reconciliation, we need to work with our allies to ensure our Indigenous brothers and sisters enjoy the equality we all strive for."— Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Former Sears workers are having their pension fund cut, yet again, because those who controlled Sears made a deliberate decision to leave the pension plan underfunded.
Each year, the 390,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers scholarships hat reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers.
"It's clear the assumption that the U.S. is a safe country for asylum seekers is no longer accurate. The agreement should be put on hold until the U.S. can guarantee the humane and non-discriminatory treatment of those seeking refuge in the U.S." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The 155,000 members of OPSEU/NUPGE will help increase their strength at the bargaining table, and they’ll help increase the strength of OPSEU/NUPGE overall.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President and Treasurer
"With so little transparency for staff and patients, [MGEU members] feel like the government is making it up as they go along." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"Community social services workers support some of B.C.'s most vulnerable citizens and we are so pleased to have reached agreements that provide enhanced support and compensation for this critical work." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU/NUPGE President
“The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership is an affront to democracy and a threat to economic equality. It will create a private court system for foreign investors, giving them the right to sue democratically elected governments. And it will rig the Canadian economy in favour of powerful corporations. It is an outright betrayal of workers. It will do nothing to stop climate change, and it will certainly exacerbate income and wealth inequality.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"It’s not good for the community. It’s not good for the patients." — Lucy Mortion, OPSEU Regional Vice-President
"It’s a real shame that government-ordered cuts are now costing college instructors their jobs and weakening programs for students.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“Canada’s blood supply is threatened by pay-for-plasma private clinics. Canadians must not repeat the mistakes of the tainted blood scandal. We must not allow profit to compromise safety. On this World Blood Donor Day, NUPGE is standing with those who continue to call for a ban on paid blood and plasma in Canada.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"This is a growing sector in the union, and the more members we get, the greater strength we have when it comes to achieving better wages and safer working conditions for everyone.” — Kelly Martin, Chair, OPSEU Boards of Education and Cultural Institutions sector
By Alexandra Robinson
For a man so loved his garden that he gave it sun.
In the beginning he turned up the soil and planted only one.
A beautiful blushing rose for him to watch grow.
And when it bloomed it put on a show.
But it was sad and lonely, bending by itself in the wind.
So the gardener planted it a friend, and another, and another.
Soon the garden began filling up with roses standing tall in stunning poses
But the man was not done, in fact he’d only just begun.
"We don’t need small changes — we need massive changes in how we approach mental health in the workplace. We need legislative change." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Kim Ciavarella, Banyan CEO, recently awarded herself a $20,000 raise. Then she told staff that, collectively, they would have to take home $20,000 less yearly. When employees cried foul, Ciavarella locked them out. They have now been without a contract since April 1, 2017.
"Why does this government insist on making cuts that hurt Manitobans? Instead of making it easier to get a post-secondary education, they are making it harder and more expensive.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
An astounding 93.1 per cent vote in favour of strike action.
Why Unions Matter for Protecting Public Services – (a rap)
By Brittany Clark, a permanent resident of British Columbia, Canada
Living in Canada means benefitting daily from public services—
It means turning on the tap and brushing your teeth sans nervousness.
It means sending your kids to school for a good education, and
Knowing you’ll have hard days at work but guaranteed paid vacation.
If you live here you know that your job cannot discriminate
“The so-called pay cut Sask Party members took last year to ‘show leadership’ was nothing but political posturing. This is just more of the same bad policies and disregard toward workers the Sask Party has always shown." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
"We are asking for provisions in the new agreement that better empower workers to identify hazards and recommend solutions." — Andrea Duncan, Chair, CSSBA negotiating team
“In our view, the value-for-money analyses were of little use to decision makers because they contained many flaws favouring the P3 model.” – Office of the Auditor General of Canada
We’re confident each and every member will find a home in OPSEU/NUPGE as they join more than 25,000 members in our Hospital Professionals Division.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We know the closure of STC is hurting seniors, women, the disabled and medical patients, both financially and personally, but this government is sticking to its blind ideology over compassion and common sense." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“The rosy report the government painted on wait times and hospital stays is far different than what I’m hearing from frontline workers. Hospital staff are stretched thin and continue to deal with patients with complex health issues." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“We spent hours carefully preparing documentation that would support mediation. The employer had a month to do their homework, but they arrived empty-handed: no documentation, no brief, no new offer." — Chris Jackel, Chair, OPSEU Corrections bargaining team
There are many worthy charities and non-profits working in the area of disaster recovery but the Executive Committee chose to donate to the Red Cross in order to take advantage of the B.C. government's pledge to match up to $20 million in donations.
“Community-based organizations save money and lives. It’s time for government to do better and invest in the vital services that Saskatchewan people rely on, and in the workers who provide these critical services." — Bob Bymeon, SGEU President
“Workers have the right to bargain collectively, and this rests upon the right to strike — otherwise, employers would always have the upper hand. It’s not always pain-free, but it’s principled." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President