“It affirms once again that workers’ right to unionize and take part in collective bargaining is a right protected by the Charter, and it lets governments know that violating that right comes with a price tag." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Education and Training
Teachers look for a stronger voice in the workplace with the BCGEU/NUPGE.
Regina (30 May 2017) — The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE) has learned that while academic and support staff are being laid off to deal with budget cuts, Saskatchewan Polytechnic continues to create additional managerial positions.
“Privatization of ABE is clearly a failed experiment that has had a profoundly negative impact on students." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"The numbers speak for themselves: Ontario provides colleges with the least per-student funding of any province. That’s no way to celebrate a system that has given our province so much.” — RM Kennedy, Chair of OPSEU's College Academic Division
“For too long now, college presidents have been allowed to cash half-million-dollar salaries while squeezing these vulnerable workers for every cent they can." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“If government has any respect for northerners’ right to make choices about northern education, this is the time to show it. Imposing decisions that run contrary to the needs of local people is not a responsible way forward." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
"These workers make a tiny fraction of the $300,000 she [Lise Bourgeois, college president] makes each year — yet she continues to use every trick in the book to try to keep them from having a voice.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“This isn’t the end of the struggle, but it’s one step closer to getting these workers what they deserve." — Marilou Martin, OPSEU's Chair of college support workers division
"First, the Premier of this province made a mess out of our health care system, and now, he's moved on to meddle with our public education system and is locking kids out of their own schools." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President