"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
Value of Public Services
“Ontarians want their government to properly fund health care and not privatize Hydro One. So what is this government doing? It’s starving public health care and privatizing Hydro One.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"This kind of endorsed discrimination against women is never okay, and certainly not in 2016. For a government that claims it wants to close the wage gap between men and women, it’s highly problematic that it won’t allow women into two of its colleges." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Let me be clear — your union will stand up for you, your families, your jobs, and the vital public services that you deliver to the people of the province every day." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"This is a major issue not just for Ontario, but for communities across Canada. It's time for us to act," says Public Services Foundation of Canada board member
Ottawa (16 Dec 2015) - In the wake of a number of dangerous events in Ontario provincial correctional facilities over the past week, the Public Services Foundation of Canada (PSFC) is reiterating its calls for action.
"It's morally reprehensible to cut funding from community services, but it’s also stupid public policy. We're spending more later to solve the problems we're creating today," says NUPGE National President James Clancy.
Government decisions to the emergency management resources contributed to the mishandling of the 2015 wildfire crisis in Saskatchewan.
Continued underfunding leads to long-term damage.
MGEU/NUPGE working with Manitobans to support public services through Keep it Together campaign.
This Community Services Workers Appreciation Day, November 6, NUPGE is encouraging people to talk about the importance of these services and what can be done to reduce the tremendous pressure workers in the sector face.