“We’re not just falling behind, Doug is driving us into the ditch. Maybe the new licence plate he has come up with should read, 'Rest in Pieces.'" — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Charlottetown (10 April 2019) — In response to the election promise made by the PC Party to open up beer and wine sales in grocery and convenience stores, the President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEI UPSE/NUPGE) says that the union would oppose any further privatization of the sale of liquor in the province.
"This was a tough fight against the third largest company in the industry that was intent on introducing American-style union busting through gutting a collective agreement." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The people on the line know that what’s at stake is whether we will still have middle class jobs in this country.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, Secretary-Treasurer NUPGE
"Our members were willing to negotiate but the employer wasn't interested. The employer wanted everything gone. The workers couldn't do that." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"If we were to privatize this important public asset, hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for public services like health care, education, and programs for families would be lost." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“It appears the big grocers have told privatization czar Ed Clark that those public safety restrictions are an obstacle to profits so get rid of them." Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The loss of public revenue from reduced sales at BC Liquor Stores is also worrying. Those revenues pay for health, social services, education and other public services." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Ad informs the public about how powerful interest groups, representing the major breweries and supermarket chains, have exerted enormous pressure on the Wynne government to introduce beer, and eventually wine, into grocery stores at the expense of sound public policy.
"There is a large and respected body of research that demonstrates clearly the relationship between alcohol availability and its harmful side effects. Regrettably, the Wynne government has chosen to ignore that evidence but instead acts on the advice of Ed Clark." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President