“It is very encouraging to see the government is moving forward on this file, but there is still a lot of work to be done." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“If there is a surplus in this fund, it should be used for prevention programs, training, and stronger and more regular enforcement.” — Stephanie Smith, President BCGEU
"Maintaining successorship ensures that well-trained, experienced workers will continue to keep the traveling public safe throughout the province.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“The RCY’s report verifies that a lack of reliable or adequate funding continues to fail vulnerable Indigenous children in our province." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"We’ve been raising these concerns for years, and despite numerous WCB orders and fines, the violence continues.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"He touched the lives of thousands of workers, at the bargaining table and at the provincial legislature. John's passion for equality and fairness inspired so many to follow in his footsteps." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The failure to fund the necessary work to implement the recommendations brings the government’s commitment to the action plan into serious doubt.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"We are pleased to see acknowledgement of many of these issues and a timeline to address funding and staffing, quality of care, and accountability in the sector.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The BCGEU/NUPGE is pleased by Mr. Richard's willingness to continue a working relationship on these vital issues and looks forward to working with him.
"These new statistics prove that now, more than ever, the B.C. government and WCB must address the issue of prison violence. The safety and security of our members — and our communities — is at stake.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Vancouver (21 Feb. 2017) — New statistics released by BC Corrections show that prison violence in B.C. continues to rise. Assaults on correctional officers rose by 39 per cent between 2014 and 2015, and the new stats indicate that —based on the halfway point of 2016 — this figure is projected to rise by another 21.5 per cent for 2016.