NUPGE Annual Report: 2020 in Review is a look back on what NUPGE accomplished in 2020.
“Just like Walmart decimated the main streets of so many Ontario communities and the livelihoods of so many workers, this plan will destroy Ontario’s beloved college system.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
This ongoing pandemic is deepening the mental health crisis. Action is needed now to provide support to people in need. This World Mental Health Day we are raising the alarm and calling for governments to immediately invest in mental health supports ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“These workers have been overlooked, overworked, and underpaid for decades, despite our pleas to successive governments. I’m glad to see those issues are finally being addressed." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"We have a system that looks at care in silos rather than a coherent system that is concerned about health from birth to death. This needs to change." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
86% of Canadians support bringing long-term care under the Canada Health Act; only 2% oppose this action.
And what about the long list of workers that have been deemed essential during this pandemic? People who work in our grocery and convenience stores, at gas stations, or who provide food delivery. These are also the heroes we’re hearing about. Would you have seen them that way before the pandemic broke out?
We need to take care of ourselves especially now and a big part of being healthy means taking care of our mental health. Stress is a major factor in poor health. And for those who struggle with mental illness, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, these times are especially difficult.
The strength of our health care system rests on our doctors, nurses, health science professionals, allied health workers, EMS personnel, DSWs, PSWs, health care aides, orderlies, cleaners, food service workers and others; to treat patients and keep the broader public safe, they need to be protected.
Top concerns are protecting frontline workers, personal protective equipment (PPE), testing for COVID-19, and wage protection.
"These jobs are difficult, demanding and stressful, but they are there because they are helping people. They deserve our recognition for being an integral part of our health and community support systems. On behalf of the 390,000 members of NUPGE — thank you!" — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
BCGEU/NUPGE sees the report as supporting their call to restore seniors' care in B.C. by putting people before profits and bringing the sector back under government as a public service.
“It’s long past time we put the heart back in health care.” — Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice-President
Increased privatization will inevitably lead to two-tier health care, where the wealthy are able to pay for the care they need and the rest of us have to wait and worry.
A report on home care privatization looking at the problems, how it is being done and who profits from it.
Workplace violence is a complex issue; however, the bottom line is that no one should have to go to work on a daily basis expecting to be assaulted.
"We have thousands of members employed in this sector, and most are struggling to serve their clients properly without adequate resources and training while earning bottom-of-the-barrel wages. For work this important, there need to be massive improvements. We want to talk about how we can effect this kind of change for everyone involved." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"The Wettlaufer killings of 8 residents in Ontario long-term care have thrown light on the inadequate care being provided to elderly residents in these facilities. Our elderly and infirm people deserve better; profit should not be dictating staffing levels and quality of care.”— Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Home care workers are some of the most dedicated and compassionate people working in health care and government needs to treat them with the same respect they do other health care professionals.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President.