"There are 2 important things the government must do right now to start to close the affordability gap: close the loopholes that let employers pay less than minimum wage, and continue to invest in high quality public services like transit, health care, housing, and child care to bring down the cost of living." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Telus can afford double digit increases in executive compensation and a multi-year dividend growth program for shareholders, but they say they can't afford a modest wage increase for the workers who provide that profit?" — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
"Minister Bains just announced amendments to Bill 9 that will extend occupational disease and personal injury presumption to wildfire fighters — a long-overdue and hard won recognition of the technically, physically, and mentally challenging work that they do every day to protect lives and property across the province." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Public polling has repeatedly shown that 3-in-4 British Columbians support a public inquiry into the multi-layered crisis.
"On their behalf, I will be working with government to ensure that this budget is implemented in a way that respects not just the British Columbians who rely on these services but the workers who deliver them." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"This poll backs up what we've been saying for months: British Columbians want answers." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The report recognizes the challenges faced by frontline social workers and that "their ability to conduct their duties is only as strong as the resources available to them."
Union sees need to enhance online resources with added walk in service.
"On behalf of our members, I want to thank our friends in the communities of Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon and our friends in the labour movement for their support during the strike." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"We need federal leadership to ensure there is affordable quality child care across the country — and that only happens with increased, directed funding." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President