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health and safety
"It's outrageous that our members and other workers are being assaulted on a weekly basis at the Forensic hospital and the employer is doing nothing about it." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“If you talk to someone on the frontline, they’ll tell you that they see the impacts of burnout every day — they’ve either experienced it themselves or they see it in their co-workers.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"We are asking for provisions in the new agreement that better empower workers to identify hazards and recommend solutions." — Andrea Duncan, Chair, CSSBA negotiating team
In the last few months, a correctional officer had his finger severed, another had his head stomped on and yet another was assaulted with feces thrown in her face by inmates.
"This situation is yet another reminder that health and safety legislation is much more effective where the labour movement is powerful enough to prevent it being ignored.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Striking workers at Community Living Campbellford/Brighton welcome donations to their hardship fund.
"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.
“Time and time again, the contracting out of services has proven to cost more – both in money and in terms of safety.” – Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
"While many lives have been lost by being exposed to asbestos, going forward this legislation will help protect others from suffering the same fate ." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer