'He doesn't remember any of the family now. He doesn't know my mom.'
Members gather from across the province to set priorities for the next round of collective bargaining.
Earlier this year, the Senate of Canada unanimously endorsed In from the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness, a landmark report containing 74 recommendations to help lift Canadians out of poverty.
'Our members need to see real gains after years of concessions and crumbs. We won't settle for an agreement that includes no improvements and no employment security.'
'We haven’t received a wage increase in eight years and we’re fed up.' - Laura Webster.
'We’re looking forward to working with employers to reach a fair settlement that improves the working lives and conditions of our members.'
'Provincial government funding for CLBC has flat-lined and CLBC is trying to reduce a $22 million deficit by requiring agencies to reduce and redesign services to cut costs.' - BCGEU.
Two-year freeze on increases will end on Jan. 1 and rates could rise by 15 cents per $100 of earnings.
NUPGE's national secretary-treasurer says Canada’s debt is much lower than most countries – nowhere near to being a serious problem – and there is a lot of proof that government spending cuts are the wrong approach.
'We're calling on the federal government to drop the current action they have in the Supreme Court.'