Congratulations to the NBU/NUPGE members who have contributed the work this award recognizes.
“The elimination of 24-hour snow-clearing is just one part of the equation. What we are seeing and experiencing now is the result of years of cuts to the highways division of Transportation and Works." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"Continued pressure for funding by Canadian Network of Shelters and Transition Houses (NWSTH) and labour unions has seen results. We must keep this momentum going into the future." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"By not filling these vacant positions, it leaves our current members working short [staffed] and puts them at an increased risk of violence in the workplace." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“The Ministry of Justice is making a decision that will definitely reduce security in our courts, based on the assumption that it will save some small, unknown amount of money.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“Mental health workers want nothing more than to treat their patients. But they can’t do that if they’re not safe in the workplace.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"This move means less money for the government to pay for public services. It means reduced social responsibility when it comes to the sale of alcohol. And with the increased availability of alcohol, it means higher health and social costs.” — Denise Davis, OPSEU Chair, Liquor Board Division
“When will management at CAMH come to their senses and acknowledge that assaults and violence are escalating and that they have put ineffective measures in place to prevent more workers from becoming seriously injured?" — Nancy Pridham, OPSEU Local 500 President
"This facility has an atrocious record when it comes to violent incidents and refusing to address the causes is completely unacceptable.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The meeting was productive: the employer acknowledged that serious health and safety problems exist and that concerted, corrective action needs to be taken immediately.