June 2016

Corrections violence now in WCB hands says BCGEU

Vancouver (30 June 2016) — On June 27,  representatives of the B.C. Government and General Employees Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) met with senior WorkSafeBC officials to discuss the dramatic increase in violence inside all 9 provincial jails.

BCGEU/NUPGE pushes for action on increased violence in jails

Representing BCGEU/NUPGE was Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President & Chair of Component 1, Brian Campbell, Component 2nd Vice-Chair, Brandon Cox, Component Executive member and Staff Representative Mike Eso.

The issues raised at the meeting include

'I'm not stepping out of the fight for fairness, only stepping into a different role in that struggle'

"Values like sharing, caring, love, respect, and taking responsibility for our lives and how we want to be treated. These are the values that define us. They are what breathe meaning into the word solidarity. They are what give motion to our movement." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

NBU member elected mayor of Dalhousie

Halifax (09 June 2016) — For the past 18 years, Normand Pelletier had a lingering thought on his mind.

NBU/NUPGE member returns to municipal politics and wins

After serving the town of Dalhousie as a councillor from 1995–98, he kept an eye on politics knowing one day he would throw his hat back in the ring.

In a recent municipal election, Pelletier was elected mayor of Dalhousie, defeating incumbent Clem Tremblay in a spirited race. His reason for returning to municipal politics was simple and straight forward.