"It’s important to point out that the task force was ordered by Arbitrator William Kaplan in his award after the strike in 2017, making this markedly different than some of the decisions of the previous Liberal government that have been terminated or put on hold." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Education and Training
"This is a growing sector in the union, and the more members we get, the greater strength we have when it comes to achieving better wages and safer working conditions for everyone.” — Kelly Martin, Chair, OPSEU Boards of Education and Cultural Institutions sector
"Why does this government insist on making cuts that hurt Manitobans? Instead of making it easier to get a post-secondary education, they are making it harder and more expensive.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
USB students will be burdened with a tuition increase to the maximum allowable amount.
"I want to thank the members of the bargaining team for their hard work and dedication throughout the process." —Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
"These campuses, these programs, and these good jobs are integral parts of the economic structure of rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Each cut has a ripple effect on the local economy.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Sask Polytech cannot continue to lose support staff and instructors. These are the workers who make student success possible.” — Bonnie Bond, Professional Services Bargaining Unit Chair
“Algoma University has dragged their feet for 22 months, avoiding substantive issues at the bargaining table such as fair wages. We have been ready to bargain this whole time, and now there is not a lot of time left." — Pelham Matthews, OPSEU bargaining chair for Algoma faculty
NBU/NUPGE has brought this issue forward to the government on numerous occasions. It's not difficult to understand, if people are drastically overworked and underpaid, attracting and retaining skilled professionals will be difficult.
"These new locals have recognized that joining our union provides them with a stronger voice in their workplace, and that the MGEU/NUPGE has the experience and expertise to ensure their concerns are addressed. Welcome to our 3 newest locals.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President