“The 155,000 members of OPSEU/NUPGE will help increase their strength at the bargaining table, and they’ll help increase the strength of OPSEU/NUPGE overall.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President and Treasurer
"This is a growing sector in the union, and the more members we get, the greater strength we have when it comes to achieving better wages and safer working conditions for everyone.” — Kelly Martin, Chair, OPSEU Boards of Education and Cultural Institutions sector
“We spent hours carefully preparing documentation that would support mediation. The employer had a month to do their homework, but they arrived empty-handed: no documentation, no brief, no new offer." — Chris Jackel, Chair, OPSEU Corrections bargaining team
“Why has government chosen to invest our tax dollars in a private company to provide health care services that could be offered using existing public sector employees? There are many of our members providing home care services whose skills and abilities are not being fully utilized.” — Karen Jackson, PEIUPSE President
If ratified, the agreement provides a mediation-arbitration process that will conclude collective agreements for bargaining committees for health care, nursing, support services, and administrative professionals.
This decision is likely to set a precedent for other bargaining units affected by essential services legislation.
"NSGEU/NUPGE members should be very proud of what they've achieved. Their dedication and commitment has made a huge difference in the lives of working people and made Nova Scotia a better place to live" — Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees.
"We are pleased to welcome our new members under Broadmead's umbrella and look forward to supporting them in the important work they do in their community." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"These new locals have recognized that joining our union provides them with a stronger voice in their workplace, and that the MGEU/NUPGE has the experience and expertise to ensure their concerns are addressed. Welcome to our 3 newest locals.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Fredericton (19 March 2018) — With the September election approaching, the New Brunswick Union (NBU/NUPGE) approached J.P. Lewis, a professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick inSaint John for his preliminary take on a few issues.