“Our members have real concerns about their safety and health — and the safety of their clients — as a result of poor management decisions around staff scheduling." — SGEU President Bob Bymoen
After MGEU/NUPGE members flooded the legislative gallery on December 1, 2015 creating a sea of red T-shirts that said “Still Without a Contract,” the employer finally agreed to return to the table.
"Kennedy House says it cannot afford wage increases, but non-unionized staff and management received big bonuses the past two Christmases." — Dave Ramphal, OPSEU, Local 361 bargaining team chair
Members "want to have a chance to negotiate with their employer, have their issues heard, and vote on an agreement that hasn’t been dictated to them by Premier McNeil." — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President
"Now it's time for the membership to study the tentative agreement and vote." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
BCGEU/NUPGE will take action when an employer disrespects and breaches the clear language of a collective agreement.
As it stands now, New Brunswick effectively forces new unions to strike when employers are not coming to the table in a meaningful way.
NSGEU/NUPGE is optimistic that the strong collective message members have sent will help in the next step of bargaining.
"We want to be part of a constructive dialogue with the government on ways to ease this crisis and ensure the safety of the public, correctional staff, and inmates.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Workers in the Impark Meter Department will now have access to a grievance procedure, ability to negotiate improvements to wages and benefits, and many other improvements with this first contract.