"These workers are about to start reaping the benefits of joining OPSEU/NUPGE. They had no wage grid, no pay in lieu and no group RRSP. All of that has just changed." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
A website has been established so that people can send the strikers a message of solidarity and support.
The new agreement begins July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2023.
Improved working conditions in new agreement.
“Our priority is to ensure clients of H.E.L.P. Homes receive the support they need, and we commend the organization for recognizing and compensating our members for the important role they play in providing services.” — Darren Olsen, SGEU Bargaining Chair
BCGEU/NUPGE cites lack of transparency as reason for breakdown in talks.
“Negotiations are successful when both sides come to the table with mutual respect and a willingness to work together.” — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
"Years of erosion in our health care system can’t be fixed overnight, but achieving a contract that addresses those issues and supports improvements to the health care service British Columbians expect and deserve will be a priority at the bargaining table." — Val Avery, HSABC President
OPSEU/NUPGE says the government’s decision to dump the joint task force is a denial of bargaining rights, and therefore a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“With strength and solidarity, they stood up against some of the most powerful members of their community because they knew they were right and they knew they were fighting for something bigger than themselves." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President