“It has been proven that not only is privatization destructive to public services, it’s also an inefficient way to spend taxpayer dollars.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“How does forcing these organizations together improve patient care?” questions Gawronsky. “It really feels like it’s all about the bottom-line, instead of focusing on the health and wellness of Manitobans.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"This government has tunnel vision, and is only able to focus on one thing: balancing the budget. They don't seem to care that sick, injured and vulnerable Nova Scotians are suffering as a result." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"Moving the conservation officers so far away is like closing the local police department and expecting the officers to enforce the laws from 3 towns down the highway." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Workers recognize NAPE/NUPGE as a union that fights for better pay and benefits, for improved health and safety standards, and for better overall working conditions." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Members of the legislative assembly of Manitoba were unable to pass an interim supply bill. The bill is needed to ensure the government has money in its bank account to pay civil service employees and keep programs running.
“It means giving business more opportunities to push alcohol sales at a great cost to the health and safety of our kids and communities. It’s a ploy to help private retailers increase their profits at the expense of public welfare." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“It’s refreshing that MBLL leadership listened to our members and worked hand-in-hand with us to improve safety at these stores — for our members and for the public." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“It’s time for this government to step up and offer reasonable compensation to our workers to recognize the hard work and lack of support for services over the past 3 years." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
Frontline health care workers are crying for help and seniors are being warehoused in critical care beds. This government has not added a new long-term care bed since it was elected in 2013, and has consistently cut long-term care funding.
"We reject all forms of racism, discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance. We strive for inclusivity at work, in our union and across society. Respect and compassion will always be at the forefront of our efforts." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"While there are some positive promises in this federal budget, it does not go nearly far enough to deliver on those things that Canadians most desperately need right now." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
So, to Finance Minister Steeves and Premier Higgs, the NBU/NUPGE is willing to work with you, but that requires meaningful dialogue and a willingness to compromise not just on the union's part, but on the government's as well. — New Brunswick Union
“You can’t replace the knowledge these people provide to the public with an online system." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) stands in support of the Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) and their strike vote.
“Our members at ParaMed Home Health Care want what we all want: a level playing field and a fair shot at success." — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer
“Once again, the government is making sweeping changes without any regard for the people who use these services, or the people who deliver them.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“I’ve said repeatedly that not filling a job is really a job cut so like every one of Ford’s promises you have to read the fine print.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas
“Nurses at this meeting reported that their new norm is being over capacity at 150 per cent, working 2 nurses short on a unit, and being told by their managers to ‘tough it out.’ This is simply unacceptable." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"Today's news is a real victory for home support workers and the B.C. seniors who rely on their care. Bringing these workers into the health authorities will finally address the precarious nature of contract-based work with private providers and will enable more of a team-based multi-disciplinary approach to providing care at home." - Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president
When money gives the wealthiest 1% that kind of power, the rest of us are second-class citizens. Stopping the wealthy from buying their way to the front of the line means reducing income inequality. And a crucial step to reducing income inequality is ensuring large corporations and the wealthy pay their share of taxes.
“Jason Kenney cannot be trusted with Alberta’s health care. In this election, we need to vote like our health care depends on it. Because it does.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
“This tax cut is coming at the expense of our hospitals, our colleges, and our roads.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
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“More than 70 per cent of the people who provide health care in this province are women. It speaks volumes that 60 per cent of the board members overseeing their work are men," — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"We have to remain competitive and this fee increase and levy are just one more reason for them to question if it’s best for them to stay in Manitoba." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“We have real concerns about the impact that the workloads, stress, and strain of their jobs is having on our members.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
It’s a measure of how much secrecy surrounds P3 privatization schemes that councillors weren’t even allowed to know if the companies being awarded contracts had met the minimum technical requirements.
“Only by standing side by side, not only on International Women’s Day, but every day, can we improve the lives of women in Canada and around the world.” —Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
Community workers negotiate wage increases, retroactive pay and improvements to allowances and leaves.
"Implementing National Pharmacare is a must, the Trudeau government's own advisory panel says so in its interim report. Politics must not get in the way of doing the right thing for the country the government must commit to act." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“It was a total team effort. It’s very exciting for a group to negotiate and get its first contract completed." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
“Tens of thousands of people signed up to support We Own It, and you can be sure they’ll think twice about voting for politicians who don’t keep their word and instead put corporate profits before ‘the people.'” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"A dysfunctional, over-crowded, under-funded prison system puts everyone at risk-our members, the inmates they work with, and the communities that those inmates get released into." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Significant investments are needed in Ontario’s correctional system to ensure the safety of staff, offenders and our communities.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President