Social Services

January 28, 2016

"Kennedy House says it cannot afford wage increases, but non-unionized staff and management received big bonuses the past two Christmases." — Dave Ramphal, OPSEU, Local 361 bargaining team chair

January 15, 2016

"We will be paying close attention to the provincial budget in February to see if funding is there to improve, in a meaningful way, the services we provide to vulnerable children and youth in our province.” — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer

December 18, 2015

"Offices have either closed or have only restricted hours and long lines are common. This needs to change." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

December 17, 2015

“Home and youth care workers play a vital role in our province’s health care system — providing care and support to some of our provinces most vulnerable." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President

December 16, 2015

“We welcome these recommendations which address many of the concerns of front-line staff that were raised in our Choose Children report." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

December 15, 2015

"It's morally reprehensible to cut funding from community services, but it’s also stupid public policy. We're spending more later to solve the problems we're creating today," says NUPGE National President James Clancy.

December 8, 2015

Continued underfunding leads to long-term damage.

December 4, 2015

“This just confirms what we have been saying all along. This government is somewhere between incompetent and corrupt, depending on the issue.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

November 23, 2015

"The Auditor General’s research shows that only 61 per cent of the government funding actually goes to face-to-face treatment of patients.  The public needs to know these facts.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

Toronto (23 Nov. 2015) — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), and OPSEU Local 294 are inviting citizens of the Niagara region to a town hall meeting on November 24 in St. Catharines to discuss the plummeting quality of home care in Ontario.

November 20, 2015

“The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard.” — Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon