"On behalf of our members, I want to thank our friends in the communities of Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon and our friends in the labour movement for their support during the strike." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
A website has been established so that people can send the strikers a message of solidarity and support.
BCGEU/NUPGE cites lack of transparency as reason for breakdown in talks.
“With strength and solidarity, they stood up against some of the most powerful members of their community because they knew they were right and they knew they were fighting for something bigger than themselves." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Before anybody else gets hurt, they [the doctors] must take a hard look at their actions and then get back to the table with a decent offer that shows basic respect.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The alleged incidents range in seriousness from failing to comply with regulations around ID'ing patrons to failing to identify what would normally be flagged as suspicious behaviour possibly related to money-laundering.
OPSEU/NUPGE also filed a complaint on Friday with the College of Physicians and Surgeons against the owners of the Family Health Organization and some of their senior administrators over harassment and some abusive language directed at the striking workers.
"It’s important to point out that the task force was ordered by Arbitrator William Kaplan in his award after the strike in 2017, making this markedly different than some of the decisions of the previous Liberal government that have been terminated or put on hold." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"This truly is a ground-breaking deal that will help achieve fairness for casino workers across the industry." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Kim Ciavarella, Banyan CEO, recently awarded herself a $20,000 raise. Then she told staff that, collectively, they would have to take home $20,000 less yearly. When employees cried foul, Ciavarella locked them out. They have now been without a contract since April 1, 2017.