“We were clear from the start that any presumptive workplace mental health legislation would need to cover all workers and not just first responders — mental health doesn’t know or care what job you do. We were very happy to see every worker included in this important legislation." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"We know that discrimination against people with disabilities is compounded when they are faced with additional forms of oppression, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, classism and colonialism. We cannot talk about one without addressing the others." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The B.C. government has committed to work collaboratively with stakeholders to implement the repeal of these bills. The BCGEU/NUPGE and HSABC/NUPGE look forward to engaging in this process to support, and significantly improve conditions for workers affected by these changes.
"Premier Ford has chosen to launch a partisan attack by introducing his Making Ontario Open for Business Act. Dismantling the previous government’s legislation means 'open for business' is really just code for shutting down workers’ rights and attacking unions." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“I sincerely hope I don’t see Mr. Alexander, the group he represents, or any business member of the Employer’s Council stand up for their public relations photos on mental health awareness days and campaigns any time soon.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"We've waited a long time for the government to acknowledge how dangerous asbestos is. Now, we need the federal government to ensure the regulations have some teeth." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“We must remember that what happens at work doesn't just stay at work; it doesn't just go away when the uniform comes off or when the shift is over. These workers need and deserve supports in place to deal with their work-related mental health injuries." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
The NBU/NUPGE supports this move by government. Once it becomes official, it will mark 2 years that the union has been pushing for these changes.
"It’s important for employees across the province to have financial and job security if they want to leave a domestic violence situation. This legislation could possibly save lives." — Karen Jackson, PEI UPSE President
Vancouver (06 April 2018) — Tonie Beharrell, of the Health Sciences Association of B.C.'s legal department, presented the union's submission to the government’s Labour Relations Code review panel in March. The submission outlines 14 recommendations regarding reform to the Labour Relations Code.