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July 20, 2018

"We owe each and every one of them a tremendous debt of gratitude. I could not be more proud of our members on the frontlines as they continue to face down the fires and protect our province.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

July 4, 2018

“We are asking the public to drive with awareness and if they see a vehicle with lights at the side of the road, to please slow down and move over. These roads are their workplaces and we all have a responsibility to keep them safe.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

April 30, 2018

"And while we continue to strengthen our efforts around injury and illness prevention, make no mistake: strong health and safety laws, and diligent enforcement of those laws, are still foundational for keeping workers safe on the job.” — Kevin Rebeck, MFL President

January 10, 2018

“We work in volatile and violent workplaces. We find that giving back to the community is an effective means to cope with the daily stress we face. This outreach keeps us focused on the reason we do what we do every day.” — Chris Jackel, OPSEU's correctional bargaining chair

December 22, 2017

B.C. Premier John Horgan is looking to recognize many of these people himself and has created the Above and Beyond Awards to acknowledge acts of selflessness and bravery during the fire season. 

December 14, 2017

“I am absolutely delighted that the Liberal caucus listened to what our OPSEU/NUPGE leadership team in the ministry had to say. Any time we protect the integrity of the OHSA is a win for workers.” — Len Elliott, Regional Vice-President of OPSEU for southwestern Ontario and MOL inspector

December 11, 2017

“The legislation is a significant step towards improving workplaces. Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) and the labour movement have been fighting for changes like these for many years. This is a day to celebrate.”  Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice-President 

December 8, 2017

"The government said public health was their number one priority, and on behalf of our 30,000 members, I applaud them for keeping that commitment." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

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