'These dedicated workers provide a vital service that Manitobans rely on and reduces the strain put on our health care system every day. It’s time to make their jobs, full-time jobs.'
"The employer's frequent assertion that they want to establish a new relationship with unions has been exposed as hollow," says James Cavalluzzo, chair of the BCGEU bargaining committee.
“Many Manitobans don’t know that these dedicated health care workers are actually treated like casual employees."
Agencies that provide services to those with disabilities, helping them live independently in the community, say the government is trying to climb out of its deficit on the backs of the province's most vulnerable people.
The Stelmach government wants to claw back more than $6 million from these agencies over the next three months.
The agencies say it will be impossible to make the cuts without reducing services to vulnerable Albertans -- the same people Premier Ed Stelmach has vowed to protect from the impacts of the recession.
Unless the provincial government and the NHA decide to continue funding ATLAS, the only youth residential addictions service in the northwest will close on December 31.
NUPGE's national secretary-treasurer looks at the long-term impact on government revenues and public services of the Harper government's new Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). 'How are you going to buy your own health care with $400?' he asks.
Three Saskatchewan unions combine efforts to improve wages and working conditions for those who help the most vulnerable people in society.
'I’m appalled.... Addictions don’t take holidays.' - MGEU president Peter Olfert.
“Any change that means a child will be safer is a change for the better, so the news that there has been a decrease in the number of children living in overcrowded foster homes is welcome,” said SGEU president Bob Bymoen, in response to the release of the Children’s Advocate Progress Report on foster home overcrowding.
'Another blow to the provision of mental health and addictions services.' - Darryl Walker.