Early statistics for 2016 suggest levels of violence are increasing and the number of assaults will be even higher this year.
health and safety
Cancer cluster is found at a hospital in B.C.; unions fight at the highest level to show causation.
“At a time when government is investing in safety measures at the legislature, why are they content with our courthouses being unsafe?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU acting President
"Lockdowns are routine and not the exception. Regrettably, there have been incidents of violence. I wanted her to join me to see first-hand the pitiful state of affairs inside that facility.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We have an obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of both our own members and these youth. It’s only a matter of time before we have a tragedy on our hands at Comhla Cruinn." — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President
The incident once again raises serious concerns about chronic overcrowding and increasing violence at B.C.’s provincial prisons.
The NSGEU/NUPGE has been leading the charge to improve the psychological health and safety of workers in Nova Scotia since 2010.
“We know when staff aren’t safe that means the patients aren’t safe either." — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Our workers shouldn’t be subjected to assaults. They know their jobs are important and need to be done, but they reasonably feel that the province should strive to keep them safe." — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Ad informs the public about how powerful interest groups, representing the major breweries and supermarket chains, have exerted enormous pressure on the Wynne government to introduce beer, and eventually wine, into grocery stores at the expense of sound public policy.
“Enough is enough. It’s time to listen to those who provide the hands-on, life-giving care for our most vulnerable neighbours and family members." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"The health and safety of the workers is being repeatedly jeopardized because of the incompetence seen in the design and construction of the facility." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Halifax (11 Sept. 2015) — The first-ever charge has been laid against an employer under Bill 45, better known as the Westray Bill, in Nova Scotia. The law came into effect as a result of a massive underground mine explosion in 1992 that killed 26 men.
After the explosion, the labour movement pressured Parliament to pass legislation that amended the Criminal Code of Canada to hold criminally liable employers who failed to take steps to protect the lives of their employees. The Westray Bill provided a new regime outlining the framework of corporate liability in Canada.
Although Macatee's appointment and recommendations were in response to mill safety concerns, changes brought about through Bill 9 apply to all B.C. workplaces.
BCGEU/NUPGE again takes the lead on fighting for workplace safety for corrections and sherriff services members.
Two years to the day after highway worker Wayne Wall was killed on the job, charges have been made against his employer, the Department of Transportation and Works.
Changes would make coverage accessible to all workers under the Workers Compensation Act.
April 28 is the Day of Mourning for Workers Injured and Killed on the Job. Union's have struggled for decades to make workplaces safer but much more needs to be done!
Get your walking shoes on! Take part in the Threads of Life 5-km walks in May!
The introduction of legislation in British Columbia to improve workplace health and safety and hold negligent employers accountable is welcomed by the province's unions, but they warn that there must be enforcement of the new laws.