“It’s time for this government to step up and offer reasonable compensation to our workers to recognize the hard work and lack of support for services over the past 3 years." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
Our hardworking members at Purity can now focus on creating quality foods, candies and snacks that are made right here in Newfoundland and Labrador and loved the world over.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE 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
The award came after five days of mediation-arbitration which took place last week and concludes a process that began in October, 2016.
The Public Service Bargaining Committee is recommending that members vote in favour of the agreement.
“The fact our members overwhelmingly voted to join OPSEU/NUPGE in the largest organizing drive in Canadian history sends a strong message that times are changing. I hope this employer will work with us and make sure our members get a fair contract." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We will continue to negotiate and enforce pay equity plans, so that women working in Ontario are fairly compensated for their labour. It’s the right thing to do.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
We applaud government for coming forward with these changes. We believe this is a reasonable approach, one that will help both employers and workers alike." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
“It is hypocritical of the colleges, who promise students a good job and a bright future, to turn around and force thousands of contract staff into jobs with low pay, no benefits, and no job security of any kind.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“One of our top priorities is ensuring our services foster the inclusion and dignity that adults with developmental disabilities have a right to. However, the employer doesn’t think we deserve the same kind of dignity — not when they’re offering us dimes.” — Sue Walker, President, OPSEU Local 249
"We will continue to push for [domestic violence leave] in negotiations, with the ultimate goal of it becoming part of the labour laws in our province." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
"All we're asking for is a fair deal for workers. We urge the employer to come back to the bargaining table with a view to getting a deal done." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“The people of the province deserve to know what this government is spending to outsource and duplicate efforts on the negotiations front. Our members deserve to know what their employer is paying to have a law firm take them on at the bargaining table.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“I want to thank these workers for taking a stand against the negative impacts of precarious work, which is a sad fact of life for far too many workers today.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
5-year agreement improves wages and benefits.
“These hard-working members are seeking reasonable improvements and deserve a fair deal.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“As if this round of negotiations wasn’t already bizarre enough, we now have a situation where the government is at odds with itself about how bargaining should proceed. This is all very strange.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
The strike notice was issued after an impasse was reached in bargaining, and the employer chose to walk away from the bargaining table rather than engage in further negotiations.
“To put this in perspective, the amount of money spent on crisis communications advice and legal support for public sector negotiations thus far could have been used to fully restore the X-ray services at the hospital in Bonavista." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President