"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
The pay equity adjustments for the 3 groups will cost $8.4 million over 10 years. The pay increase at the end of the 10 years will result in hourly rates' increases from as low as just over $2 to as high as almost $9 per hour, depending on the classifications.
“People in Grey County pay their fair share of taxes, and they deserve high-quality, public long-term care right in their communities.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Many of our members feel the government has gone too far, too fast, and the concern is that the public is being put at risk in an effort to put cost savings ahead of patient care.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"The fact that Ms. Draude was apparently not made aware of these issues speaks to the lack of oversight necessary to take protective steps." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President