“Workers have the right to bargain collectively, and this rests upon the right to strike — otherwise, employers would always have the upper hand. It’s not always pain-free, but it’s principled." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Over the past 2 days, our partnership made some very compelling arguments that the act is already infringing the Charter rights of public sector workers. We have done everything possible to put our best foot forward. Now it’s up to the judge to decide.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
This decision is likely to set a precedent for other bargaining units affected by essential services legislation.
"Calling for greater corporate responsibility as a shareholder is not only financially prudent, but it allows us to pursue our values as a labour union as well." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Vancouver (06 April 2018) — Tonie Beharrell, of the Health Sciences Association of B.C.'s legal department, presented the union's submission to the government’s Labour Relations Code review panel in March. The submission outlines 14 recommendations regarding reform to the Labour Relations Code.
“At the start of a new year, we like to count our blessings. This agency, and the caring and dedicated staff who help some very vulnerable members of our community, are a blessing to society, and I know they’re a great addition to our OPSEU/NUPGE family." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Unions take on many fights that go beyond equality in the workplace. LGLBTQ2S rights, racialized workers' rights, women's rights, these are all movements we are a part of in order to eliminate discrimination and abuse." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"Today's result is another example of the important role unions play in fighting for workers' rights in today's economy and family-supporting jobs." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“A bad agreement with good labour rights is still a bad agreement.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President