The labour ministries in Ontario and Alberta have received a total of 155 complaints from workers owed money by Addiction Canada, or its predecessor company, Vita Novus. Workers in Ontario are owed $516,821, while workers in Alberta are owed $75,873.
"HSABC/NUPGE will be asking members to start tracking their workload concerns as part of a coordinated effort to identify how shortages are impacting patient care and where action needs to be taken." — Val Avery, HSABC President
“This trial is of significant importance to all Canadians not just the citizens of British Columbia. Fundamentally, he has put our entire public health care system on trial. However, I think he has misjudged how much Canadians value and support Medicare.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“Beginning almost 15 years ago, these union members embarked on a campaign for compensation because they were sick. Today, they are responsible for setting an important precedent for all workers." — Val Avery, HSABC President
“Accidents, injuries, and life threatening situations don’t run on banker’s hours. What this government is saying is that the people of this entire region deserve second rate health care." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“There’s a huge disconnect between what the people want and what the government does." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“For the RNAO to come out and say that RPNs have no place in acute care is not only disappointing but offensive as well.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“I think we owe it to Manitobans, and to paramedics, to get this process moving again to continue to improve patient care and provide consistency, transparency, and accountability in the delivery of this vital health care service.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
The National Union supports BloodWatch, a national advocacy organization, in its call for federal and all provincial and territorial governments to prohibit paid blood and plasma donations.
When people face financial instability, inadequate housing, poor working conditions, low wages, food insecurity, lack of education (the social determinants of health), it is difficult to maintain positive mental health. By organizing and advocating for good jobs, quality public services, fair labour rights and tax fairness, the National Union has created pressure on governments to improve the health of all Canadians.