“We joined together in a union to make sure we have the working conditions we need to offer the best possible services, and that’s just what we’ve done,” said Wendy Brown, addictions counselor and Chair of OPSEU Local 454’s Rideauwood bargaining committee
It's time for the government to ensure that frontline workers have the resources and policy framework in place to fully support British Columbia's Indigenous families." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Many of the "caring professionals" who work in social services or health care are already facing significant issues when it comes to affordability in the region, including precarious working conditions, lower wages, low mileage rates for using their own vehicles, and long commutes due to the housing crisis.
"We know it will take time to restore proper service levels to British Columbians. We will support the government as they continue to do the right thing to make British Columbia a more affordable, equitable and healthy society for everyone, not just the one percent." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.
"In other words, we’re being paid a fifth less for no good reason. That’s not only unjust — it will soon be illegal." — Mary Ellen Kelloway, OPSEU bargaining team chair
“The women who dedicate their lives to helping Indigenous women in need have found that they themselves are in need." — Kareen Marshall, Chair of OPSEU’s Community Agencies Division
“At the start of a new year, we like to count our blessings. This agency, and the caring and dedicated staff who help some very vulnerable members of our community, are a blessing to society, and I know they’re a great addition to our OPSEU/NUPGE family." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The conference will be a chance for community partners, policy makers, researchers, activists, survivors, and others to engage with the shelter sector.
"They’ve chosen OPSEU/NUPGE because it’s the union best equipped to defend and advance the interests of mental health workers who, in turn, give their all to equip vulnerable individuals with the means to participate fully in the community." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"This report provides more evidence that austerity policies do nothing to improve the lives of British Columbians." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President