safety

October 19, 2017

“The funding that has been allocated so far has not gone to acute care adult mental health programs. We’ve got higher acuity on wards than ever, and that is creating violent situations. In our workplaces, there is a violent act each and every day." Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division

October 4, 2017

"To protect and promote the health and well-being of Canadian communities, a publicly owned system is the optimal solution according to public health literature." — NSGEU report on cannabis distribution in Canada

October 3, 2017

“As more and more hospitals in the province face the prospect of mergers, it makes sense that hospital professionals just look to  OPSEU/NUPGE which can point to decades of experience representing healthcare providers." — Lucy Morton, OPSEU Regional Vice-President Region 2

October 3, 2017

The BCGEU/NUPGE was invited to attend a roundtable discussion as part of the federal government's commitment to addressing gender-based violence.

September 29, 2017

The chilling testimony we’ve already heard is all that’s needed to justify extended protection. This is a win-win scenario for the government and for workers. It’s the right thing to do.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

September 28, 2017

"On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I am deeply honoured to pay tribute to the brave police and peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while keeping our communities safe. They will not be forgotten. Today we remember them, we honour them and we show our deepest respect and gratitude to them."— The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

September 13, 2017

“Making the move to representation is a significant step. When they take that step together, it bodes extremely well for the future effectiveness of this local union." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

September 11, 2017

"The Barrington Report, a staffing analysis, was completed last fall but the McNeil government refused to release the details. Eventually obtained through FOIPOP, the report included numerous staffing recommendations. Nothing has been done to implement them." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

August 28, 2017

“Until those searches are carried out, correctional officers and inmates are going to be at risk from weapons like ceramic knives. If a full institutional search had taken place, the injuries that the officer suffered at Central East could have been avoided.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

August 25, 2017

The fact that the province won’t commit to mandatory minimum requirements is problematic and dangerous,” said Thomas. “In the meantime, employers know that they’ll only get a slap on the wrist." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President