“This trial is of significant importance to all Canadians not just the citizens of British Columbia. Fundamentally, he has put our entire public health care system on trial. However, I think he has misjudged how much Canadians value and support Medicare.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"These workers are telling their stories because they fear someone is going to get killed at work. How much more blood needs to be spilled before they are heard?” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We have no way of knowing exactly how much money makes it to patient care. How can we ensure improved service provision if we can’t even answer that question?” — Lucy Morton, OPSEU Chair, Community Health Care Professionals Division
The Health Sciences Association of Alberta encourages its members to attend this conference.
“This is a symptom of a massive, systemic management problem around violence and psychological safety we see in mental health care." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Small town or big city, no matter what kind of medical services you need, where you live should not prevent you from accessing these services when you need them most.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“Asking nurses to do double-duty as security personnel runs contrary to the philosophy that there should be a therapeutic relationship between patient and caregiver." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The agreement provides improvements in sick leave, family illness, vacation access and uniform policy.
“Waypoint management is only adding to our risk of becoming victims of violence by making us work alone.” — Pete Sheehan, OPSEU Local 329 President
Workers at 53 Ontario Hospitals voted 92% in favour of the deal.