"Thank you so much!!! to the thousands of individual concerned citizens who called or emailed your own MPP, or the Minister's office, or the Premier. We know that your efforts made a huge difference." — Ontario Health Coalition
"How can we even imagine stopping infections when millions of people do not have access to adequate sanitation, affordable housing, nutritious food, and safe and healthy working conditions? We have a responsibility to fight for universal access to physical and mental health care not just at home, but around the world." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“The Finance Minister pledged to both protect frontline services and impose a hiring freeze. These 2 actions are incompatible." — Mike Parker, HSAA President
"Nova Scotia's Auditor General did his job. Now it's time for Stephen McNeil to do his and take action to fix the current crisis in health care." — Kim Jenkins, second Vice-President NSGEU/NUPGE
The MGEU/NUPGE has spoken out about cuts that are driven by the bottom line instead of patient care. The union will continue to urge the Premier and Minister of Health to reverse health care cuts that are putting patient care in jeopardy.
"Leaving things like the quality of care, safety, monitoring and enforcement to the whims of cabinet places politics ahead of our health care. It's no way to ensure the system will be available to all who need it." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“Cost-driven reforms are risky for patients and not the only way to find savings.”— Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“The number of events that led to emergency calls has increased nearly 36 per cent since 2009, while the population of Alberta has increased by more than 15 per cent. Yet, we have virtually the same number of ambulances." — Mike Parker, HSAA President
Mike Parker, NUPGE NEB member and HSAA President, addressed the PSI World Congress detailing how the labour movement can push legislators to ensure presumptive coverage for mental injuries is available to all workers.
This group of LifeLabs professionals is the first in Ontario to be unionized.