Social Services

September 20, 2017

“The employer is replacing highly skilled, highly experienced, and highly invested staff — experts in the field who know their clients and the community. This will inevitably have an adverse impact on the children and parents we serve.” — Candice Copeland, Vice-President of OPSEU's Local 148

September 11, 2017

“Issuing an ultimatum is not negotiating. There’s nothing constructive about a ‘my way or the highway’ attitude to bargaining a collective agreement." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

September 7, 2017

"They do important work, they do valuable work, and they are ready to stand up for their rights and have that value respected and recognized.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

August 25, 2017

“Ten cents an hour is akin to leaving a one cent tip at the end of a restaurant meal. It’s shameful.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

August 25, 2017

"I ask all MLAs to hold the Premier accountable and do what he promised to do — send the entire Bill 148 to the court. That would provide the clarity we all deserve.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

August 21, 2017

 “One of our top priorities is ensuring our services foster the inclusion and dignity that adults with developmental disabilities have a right to. However, the employer doesn’t think we deserve the same kind of dignity — not when they’re offering us dimes.” — Sue Walker, President, OPSEU Local 249

August 18, 2017

"A collective agreement setting out the conditions for a healthy workplace and a healthy living space will put them on a more equal footing with the employer and go a long way to addressing these issues." — Len Mancini, Chair, OPSEU justice sector

August 8, 2017

“The evidence clearly shows that people pushing privatization over-sell and under-deliver." — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas

August 3, 2017

“The essential work of our members has been recognized by the commission and they've asked to hear from them directly” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

August 3, 2017

“The province passed the Pay Equity Act in 1987. Thirty years later, some employers still haven’t complied with the law. And when they finally do, some victimize clients and workers” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President