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November 18, 2015

The NSGEU/NUPGE has been leading the charge to improve the psychological health and safety of workers in Nova Scotia since 2010.

November 12, 2015

“Things have reached a boiling point and the workers felt that there was no other alternative than to have a public demonstration.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President

November 6, 2015

A roundtable on post-traumatic stress disorder being held in Ottawa is benefiting from the participation of Vince Savoia and actor Enrico Colantoni. 

November 6, 2015

A roundtable on post-traumatic stress disorder being held in Ottawa is benefiting from the participation of Vince Savoia and actor Enrico Colantoni. 

November 6, 2015

“We know when staff aren’t safe that means the patients aren’t safe either." — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas

October 27, 2015

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

October 20, 2015

Over five years the program has been delivered to 14,201 participants in Nova Scotia. The program is also being delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island and with inquiries coming from across Canada.

September 30, 2015

“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

September 22, 2015

"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

September 11, 2015

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.