"Let's continue the chat, continue the call for the PM, for the federal health minister, for these premiers and provincial health ministers to all pull together. Let's get pharmacare happening, let's get long-term care happening, let's make sure our communities are sound." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"This investment in power-lifting equipment will prevent injuries and save money in the long run, because it’s always much cheaper to keep workers healthy and on the job than to have them off work and needing treatment.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
"They are joining a union that is a strong advocate for early intervention and specialized services for children to ensure they have the supports and services they need for a strong early start." — Val Avery, HSA BC President
“HSAA/NUPGE congratulates Cardinal on his international accomplishment and his leadership in the field of social work. It’s this kind of expertise and willingness to go the extra mile that makes me proud of the people who make up our union.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
"We await PHSA's response and hope they take the opportunity to work with the union to turn things around at this facility, and quickly." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“In this day and age,” he said, “it’s hard to imagine a government-funded agency would think it could throw gift cards at staff, rather than meaningfully and fairly compensating them for the outstanding services and care they provide.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“It’s prudent that the government act now to fill those 400 positions before closing any sites, because until that happens, no improvements to patient care are possible.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“In this case, the employer cut off all paid sick days — and these are professionals who deal with sick individuals all day long. Can you imagine the risk that poses, both to the nurses and their clients? This kind of action is as mean-spirited as it is irresponsible." — Warren (Smokey)Thomas.
Delegates from around the province will be elected to represent their region at the December conference at the union’s regular fall regional meetings in September and October.
“The vote by British doctors linking the crisis in health care to privatization should be a wake-up call for those who believe privatization will solve the problems of underfunding.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer