“Only by standing side by side, not only on International Women’s Day, but every day, can we improve the lives of women in Canada and around the world.” —Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"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
Local 449 is the third new Local in the MGEU/NUPGE in the last 3 months, a trend that doesn’t surprise Gawronsky.
"There must be a shift from a culture of reacting to violence in the workplace, to a culture of violence prevention." — Karen Jackson, PEI UPSE President
"A collective agreement setting out the conditions for a healthy workplace and a healthy living space will put them on a more equal footing with the employer and go a long way to addressing these issues." — Len Mancini, Chair, OPSEU justice sector
The province needs to put measures in place to ensure the health and safety of staff, patients and the public in our hospitals and health care facilities.
"We have a role to play in holding our institutions — the military, the police, the judiciary — to account when they allow violence to be perpetrated. As unionists, we have the responsibility to support the vulnerable in our midst." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"This issue was significant enough that government felt it warranted the time and expense of a study. Why are they now dragging their feet on implementing the recommendations that were made?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"It’s entirely appropriate that [the workers at HopeGreyBruce Mental Health and Addictions Services] themselves be more properly appreciated for their contributions to the agency and the communities they serve." — Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division