“We are overjoyed that We Care employees have voted to join our union for a real voice at work. — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"In the last two years, courts across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, have ruled that collective bargaining rights deserve constitutional protection because they enhance Charter values of democracy, dignity and equality.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“Our newspaper ads go right to the heart of the matter. The highest-paid people in Ontario’s colleges are doing everything they can to stop some of the lowest-paid from getting ahead. That’s a fact.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Toronto (24 March 2016) — A new newspaper ad from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) has a simple message for community college presidents this week: Stop interfering with workers’ right to unionize.
“There is no better cure for precarious work than giving workers a voice. And there’s no better voice for workers than a union.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
These employees came together to protect their rights through collective bargaining and to achieve greater job security." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“At a time when health care services are being squeezed by the austerity agenda, it’s more critical than ever to have the protection that comes with belonging to Ontario’s strongest advocate for hospital sector workers." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Three young Canadians are the latest winners of NUPGE’s $1,000 Why Unions Matter contest.
“We believe that we will be able to develop a working partnership with the Cowessess First Nation band, and are eager to get on with the task of representing these members and negotiating a first collective agreement." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
The employees originally approached the BCGEU/NUPGE because they were concerned about unfair treatment and a lack of a voice in the workplace.