"i didn't even know all these professions existed, but these people, amazing people gave me my life back."
"When the employer saw that workers were determined to get a deal that respected their professionalism and commitment, they came back to the table at the 11th hour." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“HSAA/NUPGE congratulates Cardinal on his international accomplishment and his leadership in the field of social work. It’s this kind of expertise and willingness to go the extra mile that makes me proud of the people who make up our union.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
"They've listened to their constituents, they've looked at the evidence, and they're using common sense; it’s politics at its best." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“These hard-working members are seeking reasonable improvements and deserve a fair deal.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"A big, warm welcome to everyone in Local 440 and 441.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
NSGEU/NUPGE members at Laing House want a fair settlement for the people they serve, and themselves.
In his annual report, Corey o'Soup, Advocate for Children and Youth, notes that social services workers deal with complex and challenging cases, and that too often, government budget cuts undermine programs designed to improve the lives of at-risk children and youth.
"They stood up for all developmental services workers when they went out on strike. These workers drew a line in the sand; they held solid and they won." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“At a time when the provincial government is talking about changing the way these social services are delivered, I think it makes sense that they’d want to join with others who work in the sector.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President