The wildfires tearing through Australia are an unprecedented national disaster. At least 26 people have died, along with millions of animals, while nearly 15 million acres have burned and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed since October.
"While I’m heartened that firefighters who were unjustly forced to resign due to this test have been vindicated, I’m appalled that government is ignoring a decision supported by the law, an arbitrator, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, and the highest court in Canada." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“Whether it’s their neighbours or people thousands of kilometres away, wildland firefighters recognize they have a responsibility to do what they can to help, even when it means risking their own health and safety,” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has joined with other members of the Climate Change Action Network to call on the Ontario government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
"And while we continue to strengthen our efforts around injury and illness prevention, make no mistake: strong health and safety laws, and diligent enforcement of those laws, are still foundational for keeping workers safe on the job.” — Kevin Rebeck, MFL President
“This study shows that paramedics and dispatchers are almost 5 times as likely to suffer a mental health injury as members of the general population." — Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice President
“Our hope is that people will call on their government representatives to take responsibility for their actions." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President