"The investments being made now will pay dividends for Albertans in the future." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President
Financial pressures, overflowing casework, increasing mental health concerns are just a few of the issues that will be addressed at the Community Service Workers conference.
When it comes to the CBC, "we've been plugging holes for so long, trying to do more with less as the government chips away at the institution, and it never seems to be enough. It's a typical move out of the privatization playbook." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Home care workers' contracts expired in 2014, now headed to conciliation.
“Our hospitals cannot withstand further cuts and what has been cut already should be restored. The Liberal government should bring equality back to health care.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Violence against women and children costs Canadian society more than $7 billion a year. You would think those savings would be a huge impetus to make the changes, especially from a government that boasts about its management of the economy." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Workers and reps call for government accountability delivering promised funding.
New direct-funding Passport program for people with developmental disabilities is a clear privatization of services.
“I do know that organizing the staff and negotiating a first contract with Saint Elizabeth Health Care was extraordinarily difficult, and the employer was very clear that they did not want to deal with a union in any way, shape or form." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
One year after the expiry of the 2004 Health Accord, Canadians from coast to coast will be gathering to demand action from the federal government to protect and expand Medicare.