"I'd like to see a day when the justice system works in favour of abused women and children. A day when we commemorate the end to domestic and stranger violence. A day where we celebrate an end to harassment and discrimination based on gender." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“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
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.
“Community-based organizations save money and lives. It’s time for government to do better and invest in the vital services that Saskatchewan people rely on, and in the workers who provide these critical services." — Bob Bymeon, SGEU President
"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
"Our members in public services — health, social and children’s services, and justice to name a few — are working with families, with victims and with perpetrators. Therefore domestic violence affects all of us, and it is all of our responsibility to participate in its eradication." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
As part of the movement against domestic violence, we have a responsibility to ensure that governments understand the conditions faced by rural women in order to create public policy that includes concrete options for women and children fleeing violence. — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“People can experience a crisis at any time, so crisis workers should be available to help at any time." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
Regina (12 May 2016) — Members of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU/NUPGE) who work at the Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit regret that, due to funding cuts, as of June 1, they will no longer be able to provide services during daytime hours Monday to Friday.
As the first law of its kind in Canada, Bill 8 establishes protection in the form of guaranteed paid job leave for victims of domestic violence who are dealing with the effects of abuse and need to take time off from work.
“It appears the big grocers have told privatization czar Ed Clark that those public safety restrictions are an obstacle to profits so get rid of them." Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President