Show your solidarity for the workers who have been unfairly suspended by the Family and Children's Services of Renfrew Country!
"We are where the power in this province resides. They might only be coming for education workers now, but when you come for one of us, you come for all of us. Let this last week be an example — workers united will shut this province down whenever we need to." — JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Main sticking point in negotiations was wage parity.
“The legislation introduced in Ontario and invoking the notwithstanding clause are an attack on all working people in Canada. The National Union is strongly committed to supporting CUPE and OPSEU/SEFPO in their fight and to standing up against this attack.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
"If these workers are so necessary that management says these students cannot attend school safely without their support, then why can’t Education Minister Becky Druhan simply pay them the same wage they’re being paid elsewhere in Nova Scotia?” — Sandra Mullen, NSGEU President
Halifax (24 Oct. 2022) — Over 600 members of Local 73 of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees' Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) went on strike today. These workers are employed by the Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education (AVRCE) and have been fighting for wage equity at the negotiating table.
Members of Local 73 include: early childhood educators, outreach workers, student support workers, office administration assistants, clerks, including receptionist/clerks, purchasing clerks, accounting clerks, payroll clerks, and transportation clerks, and IT support specialists.
"It is time that the government and the employer show them how much they care about the work they do and the services they provide and come to the table with necessary improvements." — Sandra Mullen, NSGEU President
“This contract has the potential to improve the ability to recruit and retain workers in this sector, which is vital to public education.” — Sandra Mullen, NSGEU President
“The hope is that the employer will do the right thing and take the concessions off the table, so we can get a deal and our members can get back to caring for the children.” — Kyle Ross, MGEU President
“This agreement puts us on a clear path to improving the working conditions of Ontario college faculty and the learning conditions of Ontario college students. It’s a testament to what our members can achieve when they stand up for their needs and their students’ needs.” — JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
After almost 2 weeks of job action and 9 consecutive days at the table, enough progress was made that the committee decided it was time to let our members see what's on offer and have their say." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“The tentative agreement includes pay increases and a bonus, more than 70 gains negotiated between the parties prior to mediation, and the removal of all rollbacks and concessions originally sought by AHS."— Leanne Alfaro, HSAA Vice-President
"Under the cover of emergency preparedness and worker retention, this government is setting a dangerous precedent by sidelining both the union and the collective agreement, which are there to protect workers." — JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
“Through their solidarity and thanks to incredible support from library users and the labour movement, BCGEU/NUPGE members working for VIRL demanded better — and they got it.” — Joanna Lord, BCGEU Vice-President
"We can't be more impressed with the campaign you led and the inspiration you gave to others across the country. Thank you for showing all of us what dedication and solidarity really look like." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“Issuing these ROEs is yet another heavy-handed attempt to keep these workers in line. I am constantly astounded by the lengths this so-called progressive and community-minded organization will go.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“We’re just looking for decent compensation so we can provide properly for our families. A lot of us are working 2, 3 jobs to keep bread on the table. It’s time LifeLabs shared some of their profits with the people making the company successful.” — Mahmood Alawneh, Bargaining Team Chair at LifeLabs
“We are ready, willing, and able to go back to the table whenever the employer comes to their senses and treats these workers with the respect they deserve for the incredible work they do. While these workers would want nothing more than to provide support, care, and mentorship to the people at The Lilly, they will not continue to allow this employer to stonewall.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“We want to return to negotiations and to work, serving our communities. We know service disruptions from job action are stressful for the community and so members paused job action Thursday in hopes the employer would take our action seriously and send an offer. We’re disappointed that hasn’t happened yet. VIRL’s management has the power to restore library services.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEI President