“This decision by the provincial government will have a profound negative impact on clients requiring home care as well as their families and health care in general.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
Social service workers constitute a large and occupationally diverse section of the membership within the National Union. Their sector has experienced a lack of support from governments through continued funding cuts, privatization of services, and threats of group home closures.
The National Union predicted these trends 12 years ago, when the federal government eliminated the Canada Assistance Plan and replaced it with the Canada Health and Social Transfer.
Our continuing initiatives include lobbying for a provincially recognized Worker Appreciation Day for the community-based social service sector. Check out our website cssworkerscare.ca to learn more about the annual Workers Appreciation Day where community social service workers receive the recognition they deserve.
Elephanttalk.ca is intended to start the conversation for Manitobans to share their concerns and their stories about public services in Manitoba.
Get connected to what's happening in the developmental services sector.
Proposed changes to the Not Criminally Responsible on account of Mental Disorder provisions of the Criminal Code have been done without adequate consultation and may further stigmatize people with mental health and addictions problems.
“We believe that the provincial government must reinvest in community living and other critical services that support vulnerable families across British Columbia." - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“The inconsistency in what government is saying and what government is doing is unbelievable. There is clearly a credibility issue here.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
“If this government truly believes in fairness, as it claims, then the province’s corporations have to be involved." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Rotating strikes and solidarity helped achieve collective agreement settlement.
"Our job is not done until all workers can earn a decent living safely." - James Clancy, NUPGE President
"We must ensure every worker has the freedom to join a union to protect their interests. Only then will workplace tragedies be prevented," said Clancy. James Clancy, NUPGE President.
“Privatization does not work, no matter what you call it. The public pays more for lower quality services. Just think Ornge, gas plants, e-Health, Highway 407 – and now, chemo drugs.”
Community Living and General Service workers ratify agreement – Aboriginal Services ratification vote ongoing.
OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas congratulated the members on their new contract, but warned that there continues to be a serious problem with funding for developmental services.
“This is a quality services issue, but it’s also about quality of life. ” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “More than two thirds of the CLGS workforce is part-time or casual. The frontline staff should be able to afford to work there.”
“It comes as no surprise that the audit found systemic problems,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “Social workers over the years have reported they are unable to meet ministry standards due to the chronic lack of staff and inadequate resources."
MGEU/NUPGE members negotiate wage and benefit improvements in new collective agreement.
“Government must be accountable for both the quality of services delivered to Saskatchewan families, and the cost of providing those services." – Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
"Our members are passionate about the work that they do and are very proud to support the future of that work here at Casey House," said Mackinnon.
Bargaining team recommends acceptance of the tentative agreement, which includes a 9.5 per cent wage increase over five years.
"What they have done has improved conditions for workers but also for the clients who depend on the services they provide.”
Saskatchewan government urged to bring proposed labour law changes into line with accepted Canadian standards
“There is no reason that Saskatchewan labour law needs to be so radically different than the Canadian legislative norm in the treatment of supervisory employees,” says Clancy.
Community social services are about creating and maintaining supportive, healthy, stable and caring communities. The workers who provide these services are the heart and soul of our communities.
Help send a strong message to the employer at Homes First to get back to the table to negotiate a fair and decent contract.
The tentative agreement was reached early on March 3, following a marathon 13-day bargaining session.
“At their minimum, strong, equitable and accountable social programs are society’s strongest security against crime and exploitation of others,” states Dr. Carolyn Campbell, Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) President.
Community Living and General Services deal includes pay increase, labour market adjustment.
Bargaining committee recommends acceptance of new agreement.
Take Action: Show the BC Government that Community Social Services matter to you!
Members continue negotiating toward a decent settlement.
Research has shown that women shift workers exposed to light at night are at increased risk for breast cancer.
“Thanks to everyone who came out to support these workers today. Our rally provoked the attention and support these workers deserve. Now let’s get them back to work,” said Kathleen Demareski, OPSEU Negotiator.
Public services will be cut and assets sold off, hurting families and communities across the province.
“These hard-working people are already earning a very modest wage but who find themselves bullied by a hostile employer. It’s a measure of their anger that they’ve elected to withdraw their services.” - Kathleen Demareski, OPSEU Negotiator.
Employer ask community social service workers in B.C. back to bargaining table after rotating strikes
Latest strike action involved 3,900 members – employer calls for a return to the bargaining table.
Ready, set, record!
Employer ask community social service workers in B.C. back to bargaining table after rotating strikes
Latest strike action involved 3,900 members – employer calls for a return to the bargaining table.
Missed what happened in Sudbury on January 8 during the All Together Now! campaign's townhall meeting? Watch the online videos to find out.
Proper government funding needed for programs that support vulnerable families. Picketing will occur in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Kamloops, Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Cranbrook and Vernon on February 6 and February 7.
Striking workers want to send a clear message to the B.C. government: stop putting the squeeze on community living and other community-based social services!
Vulnerable families are last on the B.C. government's list of priorities, says CSSBA, a message that is certain to gain more attention as the province moves closer to an election in May.
This leadership convention marks a potential sea change for Ontario, where priorities can be shifted to promoting quality public services, taking action on tax fairness and investing in communities with a real job strategy.
Bargaining commitee is recommending acceptance of new contract.
“The government is still failing to implement recommendations to address the crisis in community living that were developed by the stakeholders themselves, including families, self-advocates and community living agencies,” Kinna said.
Closure of Kelowna’s Crossroads Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centre would leave Okanagan residents without any substance abuse treatment services outside of a hospital setting.
Along with Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Social Impact Bonds are a bit like money laundering because they allow politicians to hide debt.
Chief Spence’s action has helped to galvanize a movement called Idle No More, which arose as a result of the federal government’s recent omnibus Bill C-45.
AODSP members are handing out postcards calling on MPPs to support a humane system of income and vocational supports for people with disabilities.
Richard Wilkinson, one of the world’s most preeminent researchers on social inequalities, and author of the Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone will kick of the CFLR conference as the keynote speaker.
We will be doing a disservice to our collective goal of achieving greater equality if all Canadians don't mount a spirited and vigorous offence in support of labour rights and unions.
Join workers from Community Living Greater Sudbury at a rally to back reasonable contract demands in bargaining today from 11 a.m. until noon.
Workers from thirteen agencies were off the job December 13, sending a strong message to government: stop putting vulnerable families last, and provide the resources needed to improve wages and working conditions.
Homes First management is asking for major concessions in contract talks. Show your support for the workers who provide housing and support services for those in need.
After a decade of cuts and neglect, community workers believe the B.C. government needs to re-fund community-based social services programs.
"People know that when economic injustice and inequality exist, our families and our communities suffer. Economic well being is a human right that must be protected." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
After six weeks of rotating strikes, community social service workers, including Aboriginal service workers are still trying to negotiate wage parity.
"We are pleased to see our CLBC members approve this deal, which is fair and reasonable by every measure, and was achieved without making concessions to the contract,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
Supporters are encouraged to contact Fran Perkins, Chair of the Board at Homes First and Patricia Mueller, Executive Director to tell them to put dignity first at Homes First.
OPSEU/NUPGE members hold information picket today to back demands for new contract at Homes First.
DiverseCity is going on strike to send a clear message to the B.C. government: stop putting vulnerable families last!
“Manitobans have every right to ask Premier Selinger: What programs and services is he looking to cut and why would he endanger economic growth in this way?”
“When you take away those dollars in the name of austerity and deficit-busting, a child and their family are negatively impacted. Is this the sort of legacy our government has chosen to adopt?” - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
"I can’t understand why there would be no mention of these details when the Minister was face-to-face with the working people directly affected by this legislation,” said Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
“Our members at Main Street Project do an amazing job in the face of a very challenging work environment." - Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President.
Individually and collectively these members did what it takes to protect the quality services they deliver to the people they care for in their community."
Strike action called off as tentative agreement reached.
Community social service workers rotating strike action continues in B.C.
“This is probably the best deal in the children’s aid sector in the last few years found anywhere in Ontario.” - Chrisy Tremblay, OPSEU Local 454 President.
Since October 16, rotating strike action in community social services has impacted agencies in Vancouver, Kamloops, Prince George and Victoria.
Those facing mental health issues need more support, not less.
Congratulations fo Yvonne Lewis and Norma Gunn for being recognized by the Durham Labour Council for their work at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.
“Over 14,000 community health and support workers have been waiting for a deal since January. This is simply not good enough; our members deserve a fair deal.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Strike avoided as OPSEU/NUPGE members accept tentative agreement.
On November 6 communities across Canada will be taking time to appreciate the valuable work that Community Social Service Workers perform across the country.
Stop ignoring critical resource needs in underfunded sector, workers tell government.
“Bill C-377 has nothing to do with taxation or tax policy, and everything to do with imposing costly burdens on unions and disclosing sensitive information to employers for strategic advantage.”
Workers at the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities reach new agreement with wage and benefit gains.
“B.C. Liberal government has put vulnerable families last on its priority list." BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) taking striking Participation Lodge members message to the public in new radio ads now on seven different stations.
Members will be conducting strategically targeted strike action on specific days in specific communities around B.C.
The employer is insisting on concessions that will cut benefits and job security for casual and contract workers.
“This employer must come back to the table with a fair deal before the strike deadline,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “These workers have been without a contract for long enough.”
This legislation gives the government the right to impose contracts, ban strikes and lock outs and circumvent the courts, the Human Rights Code and the province's own collective bargaining legislation.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is encouraging Canadians to take the opportunity on World Mental Health Day to learn more about mental illness, as well as ways to promote positive mental health.
If approved by the legislature, the Protecting Public Services bill would allow the government to not just freeze the wages it pays to unionized employees — ranging from nurses to home care workers to hydro linemen — but roll them back.
"To make a difference, Canadians need to pressure our government to take on the issue of income inequality head-on." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
On October 3, OPSEU/NUPGE members voted on tentative agreement that will see wage and benefit improvements in 2013.
Because of the government's fiscal mandate, monetary items such as wages, benefits and employment security that were prioritized by the membership, remain outstanding.
It’s time for a fair and reasonable contract - including a wage increase - for the lowest paid in the broad public sector,” says Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“It is time for this employer to get back to the table,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “Their failure to negotiate a reasonable contract with staff is an embarrassment to the community.”
As a result of the telephone town hall meetings many members were shocked at the possibility of losing control of their retirement savings, while others questioned the legality of the McGuinty plan.
This report is a critical review of the Saskatchewan government's Consultation Paper’s orientation, namely its lack of recognition of the role of labour rights in advancing democracy, equality and economic justice.
"By failing to convene a fall session of the legislature, the government is not being accountable to British Columbians." - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
New agreement for community workers at Winnipeg's Family Centre.
OPSEU/NUPGE calls on the employer to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement before Saturday deadline.
“Is this the message management truly wants to send to staff about their working relationship?" - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“Liquor and gaming are two very unique industries requiring careful and socially responsible oversight to ensure safe and healthy communities,” said Lois Wales, MGEU President.
“More and more mental health care workers are realizing that OPSEU/NUPGE is the best choice for mental health care professionals." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“Workers at Participation Lodge are asking that the employer value their work and recognize the importance of their contribution to the community,” said Lynne Easter-Froats, OPSEU.
This Labour Day in 2012, NUPGE celebrates the legacy of those who came before us and we commit to continue the fight for fairness.
"It is not the inexorable march of global economics alone, but rather choices – choices in public budgets, and in economic and social policy – that have failed to rein in the increasing income inequality distributed by the private market and aided in propelling us down this path."
Community Health Service and Support workers have not had a wage increase since 2009. They are paid less than acute care workers with the same duties.
The primary issues identified by members are wages, benefits, sick leave and reimbursable expenses.
OPSEU/NUPGE members are trying to resolve outstanding issues in bargaining before strike deadline.
Governments have a role to play in ensuring citizens live healthy lives.
"Turpel-Lafond confirms unequivocally what our members have been saying. This is the wrong computer system for the work being done. It needs to replaced.” -Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“Many of the changes suggested for consideration by the consultation paper are either directly antagonistic towards unions and workers’ rights and freedoms, or reflect a lack of knowledge about the democratic character of unions as organizations." Paul Champ, human rights lawyer and CFLR board member. Download CFLR report here.
Members in General Services have voted 85 per cent in favour of strike action. Members in Community Living Services voted 90 per cent in favour.
OPSEU members give bargaining committee overwhelming stirke mandate.
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Health care activists send Premiers and Harper a message on National Day of Action on 2014 Health Accord: Get back to the table!
On July 18 Canadians will be sending provincial premiers and the Harper government a message to resume negotiations on the 2014 Health Accord.
“Some of the ideas being floated by the government will undermine unions' ability to represent their members, drive down wages and working conditions and will ultimately negatively impact t
Members encouraged to accept new contract at Colchester Residential Services.
Support the striking workers by joining them on the picket line on Thursday, July 12 in front of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid offices at 99 Wyse Road from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.! You can also share messages of solidarity on the NSGEU Facebook page. UPDATED
Renewed agreement brings improvements to working conditions and wages.
Employer interested in resolving issues raised by workers in the 2011/12 Employee Engagement Survey; BCGEU/NUPGE looking for dates for discussions.
“Management at CLQW is almost one to one! That is simply not the best way to maximize resources,” said Local President Cathy Suijker.
Strong strike mandate sends the message: double standards don't work. Negotiate a fair deal now.
Ten times the number of workers employed by the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia picketed in support of the four women working there who have been trying to reach a collective agreement since unionizing in 2010.
“We believe that workers at Meaford are worth as much as others providing the same services to their communities.” - Debbie Farrar, OPSEU President at CLM.
MGEU/NUPGE members reject agreement with Family Services of Winnipeg.
The intolerance that is often at the root of internal displacement and refugee flows is also present in some of the countries that refugees flee to. Instead of finding empathy and understanding, they are often met with mistrust or scorn.
"Our members, who have dedicated their careers and their lives to helping vulnerable children, believe that government needs to rethink its plan to cut these services." - Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
MGEU/NUPGE members bargain wage and benefit improvements.
National Union young workers from across Canada are meeting in Ottawa to strategize how to build a future with economic justice for all.
Stand up for democracy by joining the June 13 protest agains tthe Conservative's budget bill.
Talks break down in B.C.'s community social services bargaining.
Monetary proposals tabled– awaiting employer response in community social services bargaining in B.C.
Bargaining continues for 15,000 community social service workers in B.C.
Essential services protocol finalized in B.C. but negotiations continue for government workers.
Over $210,000 was collected to support the workers who were killed or injured and their families in the Hampstead accident in February 2012.
PEIUPSE/NUPGE campaign highlights the move away from "compassion and cooperation in favour of a society leaning toward privatization and the elimination of people and services that all Islanders depend on.”
Corporate greed more important to employers, as group at ILO refuse to discuss worker's rights violations
Employers have hijacked the process based on a misplaced ideological conviction that the right to strike, guaranteed under numerous laws, domestic constitutions and international instruments, poses a threat to corporate greed.
NAPE/NUPGE members demonstrate against cuts at Eastern Health.
Closing Thistletown is like closing Sick Kids’ Hospital and sending patients to community clinics.
On June 4, NUPGE is joining with faith groups, trade unions, associations, businesses, First Nations, environment groups, human rights groups, pro democracy groups and seniors, across the country, to say: Silence is Not an Option.
“You don’t provide support to people, many with mobility challenges, by forcing them to travel to see you.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
President's Commentary: Quebec student strike: It's about values, democracy and fundamental freedoms
In fighting the dramatic tuition fee hikes, the student movement is defending the values of equality and solidarity which underpin this social contract.
Union activists from across New Brunswick gathered for the Spring Training Session.
The union is concerned a provincial Commission will recommend combining ODSP with Ontario Works in its final report in June.
Robin Hood and his merry activists take to streets across from Parliament Building in support of the Robin Hood Tax. UPDATED
According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, Old Age Security is sustainable - despite what the Harper government is telling you.
Giving more. Worth more: Community-based organizations in Saskatchewan need increased, stable funding
Support increased, stable funding for community-based organizations in Saskatchewan by contacting your MLA today.
“Positive labour relations are an important asset to all of us in these economic times,” Thomas said. “What we have here is excellent groundwork for moving forward.”
"Wherever and whenever you need them, NAPE is there. Every day. For your day."
Developmental services workers demand that societies most vulnerable don't pay for the economic crisis
Provincial governments across Canada looking to cut valued social services to some of societies most vulnerable people.
Federal and provincial governments are called on to dedicate nine per cent of their health spending for mental health, representing a significant increase from the current average of about seven pe
Lack of progress at the bargaining table has committee negotiaing essential service levels.
“After a long period of negotiations, the employer is still unwilling to offer any improvements in any areas of the contract,” says Debra Critchley, BCGEU staff representative.
Overwhelming strike vote by NSGEU members at Northwood Bedford West to support bargaining.
Increased workloads are getting in the way of providing quality services, say the people who provide support to injured workers.
"We want all of Local 554 to know that we are behind them 100 per cent, ready to do what it takes to assist them in securing a fair contract.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“This settlement sets a minimum standard for decent contracts in the Developmental Services sector. No one should be getting less,” says OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
NUPGE members to discuss a broad range of issues as provincial governments threaten cuts to social programs.
“Providing services to the vulnerable members of our community are clearly not a priority for this agency. If these top three managers received substantial wage increases, it makes you wonder what the other managers got.”
During April, the Not Myself Today campaign intends to mobilize all Canadians in a movement to transform the way we think about, act towards and support mental health.
"We presented the government with concrete proposals that would produce hundreds of millions of dollars in new annual revenues and savings,” says Walker.
“After a long and difficult round of negotiations an agreement has been reached our members can be proud of." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
MGEU members at Family Visions Inc. turn down tentative agreement.
“These hard-working individuals deserve a fair first contract,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
On February 29, 2012, a motion was passed in the BC Legislature to declare March Community Social Services Awareness month.
Disappointment in movement at the bargaining table leads NSGEU/NUPGE to file for conciliation for members employed by the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres.
Research indicates that lack of access to timely and appropriate mental health services is a fundamental part of the problem.
Supporters show solidarity with OPSEU/NUPGE developmental services workers over contract negotiations.
“Mr. Drummond wants to take an axe to public services, ignore tax fairness, and actively kill jobs by taking money out of communities." Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President OPSEU/NUPGE
Courts to decide on whether comparable child and family services for children on First Nations are significantly less funded than for those off-reserves.
“We are ready to get to the bargaining table to negotiate collective agreements that reflect the value of the vital services our members provide to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.&
“Workers in this sector deserve to receive decent wages and respect for the important work they do n their community.”
Student bursary up for grabs with new mental health division logo design contest!
“Over the last two years, our members have suffered a real wage cut of five per cent. What we need this time around is a fair and reasonable agreement for our members that takes into consideration the sacrifices that they had to make in 2010 bargaining,” said Walker.
OPSEU developmental service workers from Community Living London protest at Minister Milloy's office
"These cuts are a direct result of chronic underfunding,” said Debbie Morphew. “Milloy can be blamed for the long waiting list for developmental services in London and the rest of Ontario.”
"These workers deserve a fair contract and respect for the important services they provide for some of the most vulnerable members of our community," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
"We’re prepared for any action we have to take to get our members the improved contracts they’ve earned,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“The Ministry of Community and Social Services continues to ignore the chronic funding crisis in this sector,” Thomas said. “Waiting lists across the province continue to rise with no relief in sight.”
OPSEU members at Community Living Huntsville will vote on new tentative agreement in January.
Support workers at the Clarendon Foundation achieve improved wages and working conditions through bargaining.
"The bargaining team showed real teamwork and solidarity getting this tentative agreement," said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
”We were able to reach this tentative agreement in large part due to the employer’s respect for the members and the work we do.” - OPSEU/NUPGE member Amelia Murphy-Beaudoin.
Developmental service workers continue to press for decent working conditions through bargaining.
“This is a positive first public sector agreement reached with the newly elected Dunderdale administration,” said Bert Blundon, NAPE Secretary Treasurer and chief negotiator.
New members from a range of sectors join OPSEU/NUPGE to improve working conditions.
The current offer essentially would mean that we have accepted a five year pay freeze, while the Executive Director's salary has gone up 45 per cent since 2005.
MGEU members at Child and Family All Nations Coordinated Response Network reach a tentative agreement
Voting on a new agreement will take place in January.
“We look forward to meeting with Premier Wall to discuss issues that affect our members, many of whom are employed by the government of Saskatchewan,” said Bymoen.
New contract improves job security and fair work practices.
Key items identified for 2012 bargaining by BCGEU/NUPGE members.
Members reach a tentative agreement after striking for seven weeks to improve working conditions.
All Together Now! women activists to focus on public services key to achieving life/work balance.
Dignity Denied 2011 illustrates the flaws in our current system of long-term care and offers common sense solutions for positive change.
"Workers are being told to work longer, pay more and receive less," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President. "We stand in solidarity with each and every UNISON member in the fight for decent pensions. Enough is enough."
Members ratify deal with contract improvements.
First central collective agreement reached for OPSEU/NUPGE members working at four CCAC locations.
New research published by the Tax Justice Network shows that tax evasion costs governments around the world more than US$3.1 trillion annually.
Help push back B.C.'s antidemocratic legislation. Fight Bill 18!
At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone known to her.
"So bailing out the banks while punishing workers is not, in fact, a recipe for prosperity." - Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winning economist.
"It’s impossible to negotiate when the employer shows no interest in doing so.” - Paul Jalbert, bargaining chair.
"This 30 year struggle shows that Canada needs to improve its pay equity laws to ensure this injustice never happens again. Women must be treated and compensated fairly in every workplace." - James Clancy, NUPGE President
"We need to work together to force them to put people before tax cuts and excessive corporate profits." - James Clancy, NUPGE President.
"Turpel-Lafond’s advocacy on behalf of at-risk youth in our Province has been absolutely invaluable. We welcome the government’s decision to renew her appointment,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
"This is good for all workers in Nova Scotia," says NSGEU President Joan Jessome. "Eighty per cent of Canadians already have labour legislation like this. Our workers deserve the same kind of supports."
Politics, more than the economy and technology, has a greater impact on rates of unionization.
On November 6, community social service workers were recognized for their indispensable work in towns and cities across Canada.
The Occupy movement is here to stay. It will morph into something else. But it’s not going away until there are serious reforms to our economy and democracy.
“Last night’s vote is a clear sign these employees feel like they’re being treated with disrespect,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is committed to raising the profile of Community Social Service workers.
“We started negotiating in 2009 and it’s been a stalemate to date,” said Scott Honke, OPSEU Local 145 bargaining team chairperson.
“We are here for our team,” said bargaining unit spokesperson, Joel Sinkins. “Developmental Services workers at KACL are standing solid until we get the fair contract we deserve.”
“We can only conclude that management took the action they did as a way of telling us they were not interested in negotiating and, in effect, locked us out even before the strike deadline arrived,” said Jennifer Smith, OPSEU bargaining unit president.
Sara Riel members ratify three-year agreement with improvements to wages and working conditions.
“Mr. O’Leary’s wilful promotion of contempt and hatred towards unions reflects a viewpoint that has often ended in violence perpetrated against union members and leaders around the world.”
It is the role of a democratic government in a civil society to defend all human rights. Human rights cannot flourish where labour rights are not enforced.
"Violence is not part of our members' jobs. They have the right to go to work without fear of being punched, stabbed, kicked or spit on. And their employer has a legal obligation to ensure their workplace is safe."
MGEU/NUPGE members at Knowles Centre avoid strike action by heading back to the table.
“People shouldn't have to suffer in silence. Our country is seriously lacking the support systems and services needed to help people with mental health problems," James Clancy, National President, NUPGE.
"During its eight years of operation, Insite has been proven to save lives with no discernible negative impact on the public safety and health objectives of Canada.” - Supreme Court of Canada
"Clearly, there is an alarming disconnect between Sask Party officials and what is really happening to vulnerable children and families," Bymoen says.
"Let’s hope the government will commit to greater transparency, and work together with the all community living stakeholders to address the crisis faced by vulnerable families." - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President
"The potential for widespread labour unrest in this sector is very real. It is also regrettable considering employers have had ample opportunity to achieve settlements," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Key finding of 2008 Lost in Transition report that a lack of capacity in the mental health system is failing Vancouver's mentally ill and draining police resources remains true.
“This piecemeal approach to funding simply reinforces the worst characteristics of a broken community living system." - Dawn Steele of Moms on the Move.
TV campaign provides a quick glimpse into the hectic day of a social worker who struggles to meet the needs of at-risk children.
“The quality of care and support we are able to provide is directly impacted by the workers’ job security and working conditions, which is why we had to take a stand at the bargaining table,” says James Cavalluzzo, CSSBA chair.
“I applaud Deb Mathews for announcing that her ministry will put divestment on hold to give time for a full review of its controversial decision and to allow all stakeholders, including patients and their advocates, an opportunity to make their views known,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Majority of essential service levels now established, remainder by August 5.
“The lesson of the Mike Harris era is that cuts to public services hurt us all,” said Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
“What a great and motivating experience,” remarked bargaining committee member Pamela Pye, of the workshops. “Activists are fed up and ready to take a stand.”
Developmental services information pickets across Ontario call for respect.
OPSEU members rally in support of bargaining demands.
SGEU/NUPGE members pressure employer to negotiate a fair collective agreement.
Rally in support of a fair deal for community social services workers.
Child and youth workers rally for improved working conditions in sector.
"We are pleased to have been selected by the employees for All Care Home Support as their union." - Carol Furlong, NAPE president.
“This strike vote comes at a time of deepening crisis in community social services,” says James Cavalluzzo, bargaining association chair.
On June 1, in communities throughout Ontario, wear a sticker to Put Kids First
“The government must take action to ensure that the basic rights of its employees are safeguarded, and that no one is penalized for trying to stop workplace harassment,” Sid Wonitowy, a member of SGEU’s Public Service Negotiating Committee, concludes.
Planning gets underway for public service fightback campaign in Ontario.
Seventh anniversary of Christy Clark’s creation of Community Living BC - Unfulfilled promises leave vulnerable families
BC CLAG is reaching out again to stress that families are still waiting and will continue to urge Premier Clark and Minister Bloy to honour the promises made seven years ago.
“A contract is good for our mental health,” said President, Maggie Wakeford, noting this is taking place during Mental Health week. “ We need our collective agreement now.”
Ontarians urged to "Take a Stand" for youth mental health.
"Children, youth and families deserve mental health services when they need them" says Leisa Burberry, bargaining team chair, "and we're the professionals that want to deliver them."
"The vote to accept this process brings to an end a two year struggle to reach a first collective agreement," says Joan Jessome, NSGEU president. “We are all very proud of this new local and their determination to achieve a fair first contract.”
"Families will suffer if the 33 members are not there to provide them service." - Metro Regional Housing Authority tenant.
Sections 15 and 28 are part of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because of the historic activism of Canadian women.
Grievance settlement a victory for BCGEU/NUPGE home support service workers.
"This downsizing fails to address the devastating impact of failing to fill vacancies for our members and the vital services they provide," says NSGEU/NUPGE
"We have been calling of for the creation of this position for some time and it is a good sign that this is going ahead," said Doug Kinna, chair of the British Columbia Government and General Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) Social, Information and Health component.
"The employers and the Ministry both need to realize that this sector is at a cross roads, one where all stakeholders can agree to work together to solve the systemic issues they face or where the service will continue to slip backwards and fail one of societies most vulnerable groups," says OPSEU/NUPGE.
OPSEU/NUPGE is proud to be building union strength and standing up for workers' rights.
The pretense for the attacks is that state governments are broke and radical measures are required to eliminate budget deficits. This is a false argument.
All Together Now's letter-writing campaign builds support for tax fairness and quality public services
"We may be retired but we are huge in voter numbers so we are pleased to see how the efforts of NUPGE to reach out have been so successful. Grey power may not rule, but it sure does have an impact." Dave and Bonnie Scott, winners.
That's the question we want Canadians to think about.
"We are very disappointed these talks have failed," said Darryl Walker, BCGEU/NUPGE president. "We have been at the bargaining table with the employer for over 18 months where the issues have been debated extensively."
“How can the government identify Children’s Aid as a source of savings at a time when programs for abused and neglected children need a major infusion of cash just to keep afloat?” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU president.
“Our union has the expertise and experience needed when dealing with difficult employers. We are, by far, the best union to deal with the VON on issues affecting community health professionals.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president, OPSEU
"OPSEU is proud of the PCIL workers for reaching a deal," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
"We can’t keep cutting social workers, highways workers, educators, and health care workers without putting public health and safety at risk,” says SGEU President Bob Bymoen.
“After voting no to the employer’s offer we can head back to the bargaining table,” says team member Mike Dowling. “The Employer will know we are standing solid and we can demand a decent contract.”
"Tax fairness has been flipped upside down in this country,” said Clancy. “Instead of billion dollar give-aways to corporations, the government should invest the money in the public services that ensure a decent quality of life for all Canadians.”
Standing up against injustice and discrimination: March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
"In our workplaces, in our communities, and across this globe, we have a responsibility to stand up against injustice and discrimination." - James Clancy, national president, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
"With three million Canadians living in housing insecurity, the federal government can no longer afford to hide its head in the sand and wish this problem away.”- James Clancy, national president, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
"In Canada, we’re told that Wisconsin is a lesson for public sector unions. The public can no longer afford to pay for "cushy" salaries and benefits for public sector employees. We have to get with the times. What a complete crock." - NUPGE secretary-treasuer, Larry Brown
"Trust in public institutions and in the police are essential to a well - adjusted society. Police brutality affects us all: it is a betrayal of the rule of law as people bound to maintain the law abuse it. "- Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
Stable funding for Medicare, social programs and post-secondary education should not be sacrificed for today's corporate tax cuts.
On March 8th, as we take time to celebrate the achievements that women have made and their contributions to a better world, we must also renew our resolve to fight for a true and equitable society,” stresses James Clancy, president of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
“In this day and age, there is no excuse for anyone, let alone a member of the judiciary, to make this kind of statement,” said Brenda Hildahl, Chair of the National Union of Public and General Employees' Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues. “His comments and sentence are a disservice to all victims of sexual assault. He should tender his resignation immediately.”
March is the month for British Columbians to take the time to learn how community social service workers contribute to making communities better all across the province.
“They are simply asking the employer for the same conditions of work that unionized housing authority employees have in other parts of the province.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU president
There's very little evidence these tax cuts will lead to more jobs. In fact, they come with no strings attached so companies that eliminate jobs are actually rewarded - James Clancy, NUPGE national president.
Strike vote sends strong message to employer.
The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) will now be arranging times and locations for ratification meetings.
BCGEU supports recommendations by the representative for children and youth to protect vulnerable infants.
'They are trying to circumvent the normal bargaining process by communicating directly with our members.'
'Employment security demands are the best opportunity we have to protect jobs and vital public community services.'
'The ministry now seems to indicate that this is no longer a budget issue but a recruitment issue.' - Darryl Walker.
MGEU requesting a return to the bargaining table as soon as possible.
Fifth annual celebration of the important work of people who care for and support individuals with developmental disabilities.
'Once again our members have told this association that they prefer to deal with a professional, member-driven union.'
Two-year settlement affects employees at several worksites across eastern Ontario.
'It’s getting harder and harder to believe the Ontario government is serious about improving mental health services.'
Bringing together nearly 17,000 members who work in developmental services, children’s aid societies, child treatment areas, youth corrections and community agencies.
Tim Hudak is misleading voters by pretending that an attack on public sector jobs and wages will deal with a financial mess that the financial sector has caused, says James Clancy, NUPGE's national president.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas will present a brief on behalf of 125,000 OPSEU members across Ontario.
Dr. Gabrielle Ledger says adolescent program is 30 years out of date.
'The four-year deal includes a general wage increase of 2.75% in each of the last two years and a no lay-off clause.'
'CAPP represents a radical shift in child protection in our province. It's critical that there be a thorough assessment of the program before it goes any further.'
NSGEU says arrangements will be made with Nova Scotia agency to put the new contract into effect as quickly as possible.
Move follows merger of three former authorities into the Western Regional Housing Authority.
15,000 community-based workers have been without a contract since March of 2010.
28 specialized workers given layoff notice at Whitby’s Ontario Shores.
'The 15 employees have made history not only because of the length of the strike but also because of their display of courage in their struggle against injustice.' - Carol Furlong, NAPE president.
'This action demonstrates a complete lack of respect for the hard-working, dedicated staff.'
Ranks a dismal 17th in the material well-being of children among OECD countries.
Dozens of events will be held across the province on Friday (Dec. 3) to fight back against the McGuinty government's plan to scapegoat public sector workers.
Eleven MGEU locals across Manitoba vote in favour of ratification.
Demonstrators appeal to outgoing and incoming premiers to step in and resolve the long impasse.
'We urge the B.C. government to take these findings seriously and act on them quickly.' - Darryl Walker.
Group urges supporters across the country to pressure the Harper government to take action on urgent parliamentary committee report.
The impact on public employees will stretch far beyond the two-year freeze proposed by the province – all for the benefit of already-wealthy corporations.
'Needless to say, this had been a difficult bargaining climate.'
Wage increases, better shift premiums, special projects, market adjustment and scheduling improvements.
The BCGEU is supporting the investigation by the Representative for Children and Youth into the tragic situation in Chilliwack involving a 15-year-old girl with Down Syndrome found alone with her dead mother.
14 young people have taken their lives in the Sarnia area alone this year.
Talks continue with new deadline set for Nov. 17 at three work sites in Eastern Ontario.
'The employer is being stubborn and blocking a deal.' - OPSEU.
'This plan needs to go farther and set more ambitious targets with clear and transparent measures for accountability and oversight.' - Darryl Walker.
Nov. 6 will mark the third annual Appreciation Day for community-based social service workers across Canada.
Discussions planned this week on key issue of essential services.
NAPE president questions whether Premier Danny Williams has any understanding of issues at stake.
'Polling has told us the public values the public services they receive.' - Joan Jessome.
Lockout averted for members of Local 548 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
Management at Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto says it will lock out 75 employees (OPSEU/NUPGE members) on Oct. 29.
Families, workers, service providers and advocates work together to address BC community living crisis
A broad and diverse group of almost 200 self-advocates, families, workers and other key stakeholders met in Vancouver earlier this week to strategize around working together to address the current crisis in the community living sector.
Developmentally disabled British Columbians are being put at serious risk as government funding for community agencies is being squeezed and as a result services are being reduced.
A new report from the Calgary-based Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) suggests that employers who neglect psychological safety in the workplace could be legally liable for mental injury inflicted on workers.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) has reached a tentative agreement for workers at the Bay St. George Community Employment Corporation (CEC).
'It's not good for them, it's not good for the community, it's not good for the justice system and it's not good for the health system.' - Justice Minister Alison Redford of Alberta.
Motion adopted unanimously asks province to reverse decision on program killed in July at VGH.
'This poll confirms what we’ve long known.' - BCGEU president Darryl Walker.
'Know that we stand strong.... OPSEU will do everything in its power to ensure that you get the fair contract you deserve.'
'He doesn't remember any of the family now. He doesn't know my mom.'
Members gather from across the province to set priorities for the next round of collective bargaining.
Earlier this year, the Senate of Canada unanimously endorsed In from the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness, a landmark report containing 74 recommendations to help lift Canadians out of poverty.
'Our members need to see real gains after years of concessions and crumbs. We won't settle for an agreement that includes no improvements and no employment security.'
'We haven’t received a wage increase in eight years and we’re fed up.' - Laura Webster.
'We’re looking forward to working with employers to reach a fair settlement that improves the working lives and conditions of our members.'
'Provincial government funding for CLBC has flat-lined and CLBC is trying to reduce a $22 million deficit by requiring agencies to reduce and redesign services to cut costs.' - BCGEU.
Two-year freeze on increases will end on Jan. 1 and rates could rise by 15 cents per $100 of earnings.
BCGEU also negotiates new collective agreement at St. James Daycare Society.
NUPGE's national secretary-treasurer says Canada’s debt is much lower than most countries – nowhere near to being a serious problem – and there is a lot of proof that government spending cuts are the wrong approach.
'We're calling on the federal government to drop the current action they have in the Supreme Court.'
NAPE accuses employer of discrimination against women while managers are paid up to $40 an hour.
Two-year deal ratified after 'a lot of hard work' by NSGEU negotiators who were constrained by a climate of 'ongoing program review' within the government.
The aim is provide housing and food as a first priority before trying to address mental illness issues.
'The employer is threatening to conduct a temporary layoff of the entire bargaining unit.'
'Cutting outpatient care will result in higher medical costs overall, in addition to suffering.' - Reid Johnson.
Multi-bed shelter for women battling addictions, homelessness or other safety issues.
'Congratulations on a wonderful fight back by all of you.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas. – Updated
'Demand for these services is rising at the same time the B.C. Liberal government is cutting.' - Darryl Walker.
Workers reject second tentative settlement with agency that has one manager for every two employees.
'We want to see the B.C. Liberal government and its agencies develop a multi-year plan.' - Darryl Walker.
'This leisurely approach to negotiations is very frustrating.' - BCGEU.
Supreme Court of Canada will make the final ruling on whether Harper Conservatives have authority to shutdown safe-injection clinic on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
'There are serious gaps in the screening of adults who care for at risk children.' - Darryl Walker.
Municipal social services are overwhelmed by demand and a new model of funding must be found.
Problems with new employers on matters such as wages and benefits as well as disability issues, maternity leave and other leave issues.
"Frankly, I am not entirely surprised that the Harper government would choose the banks over social services, the poor and the environment," said James Clancy, NUPGE national president.
'This round of negotiations succeeded in reflecting and strengthening the working relationship between the union and the employer.'
'Many have other health symptoms related to aging. They cannot be easily absorbed into other units.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Wage increases and other improvements for two groups of employees in Victoria.
'We want a fair deal and we want it sooner rather than later.' - Brent Camilleri.
'This is a good start.... The bar has been lifted for the other 16 home support agencies who are also in bargaining.' - Carol Furlong.
BCGEU recommends acceptance following difficult round of negotiations.
All direct and indirect employees will be paid at least $16.74 an hour, well above minimum wage rates in B.C. and across Canada.
OPSEU backs bill introduced in Ontario legislature by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to declare May 7 as Child and Youth Mental Health Awareness Day.
In a letter sent to Premier Campbell, BCGEU President Darryl Walker urged the government to legislate targets and timelines to reduce poverty and end homelessness
'The clients with disabilities are innocent victims in this.' - Carol Furlong.
Ontario becomes first province with a minimum wage of more than $10 an hour.
'We have reached the stage where we have no alternative but to take to the streets.' Barb Hutchings.
BCGEU and HSABC members among organizations and citizens banding together to preserve health and social services. - Updated.
The BCGEU has been working hard with a number of partners to bring pressure to bear on the government on this critical issue facing members.
BCGEU working with supporters of long-established facility to prevent privatization.
'This did not need to happen.' - Alberta cabinet minister Yvonne Fritz.
'Canada may be pulling into recovery but Ontario is not yet out of the recessionary woods.' - CCPA.
'The recognition that these programs have received underscores the important services our members provide at MDC every day.' - Peter Olfert.
More than 35 local governments support awareness campaign to recognize importance of community-based social services.
March 21 has been observed around the world every year since 1966 as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
'There can be no justification for cutting services to women victims of violence who are often among the most isolated and vulnerable individuals in our society.' - Bob Bymoen.
'The actions Canada subsequently takes to create a more accessible and inclusive society will be the subject of both domestic and international scrutiny.'
'Our union firmly believes that the province should focus its efforts to ensure that every Islander earns a livable wage and maintains a certain standard of living.' - Shelley Ward.
"The community social services sector in this province represents a vast number of providers in every community across this province," said Karagianis. She and others stressed the value and contribution of social workers and community social services workers in B.C. communities.
BCGEU welcomes opposition call for formal recognition and urges the Campbell Liberal government to act.
'These are real gains for health care workers.' - BCGEU president Darryl Walker.
'Every B.C. community depends on community social services workers.' - BCGEU.
'The proposed changes are an unconscionable attack on the most vulnerable segment of the Island’s labour force.' - Shelley Ward.
Toronto (February 10, 2010) - Employers at 20 agencies across Ontario sign on to Joint Declaration with OPSEU, CUPE and OASIS.
'The clients, their families and even the employer have all been vocal in their support of the striking workers.' - Carol Furlong.
'How common is it for staff to witness or experience aggression in the clients they support?'
Deal includes retroactive pay for employees plus improvements in several other areas of the contract.
Budget cuts by Campbell government hurt vulnerable young children and leave 40 highly-trained therapists without jobs.
'We're honoured that they've chosen our union as the organization that can help them address their concerns.' - Darryl Walker.
CCPA study says March budget should extend benefits to at least 26 weeks for unemployed Canadians.
Two provincial watchdogs issue report calling for better complaint process and province-wide tracking system.
The important work of all those who care for and support individuals with developmental disabilities is being celebrated in dozens of communities across Ontario today.
"Our community is losing a supportive home for some of our most vulnerable citizens living with mental illness."
The goal is to stop the government's 'low road approach' to dealing with the recession and replace it with a 'high road approach' that protects services.
'These dedicated workers provide a vital service that Manitobans rely on and reduces the strain put on our health care system every day. It’s time to make their jobs, full-time jobs.'
"The employer's frequent assertion that they want to establish a new relationship with unions has been exposed as hollow," says James Cavalluzzo, chair of the BCGEU bargaining committee.
“Many Manitobans don’t know that these dedicated health care workers are actually treated like casual employees."
Agencies that provide services to those with disabilities, helping them live independently in the community, say the government is trying to climb out of its deficit on the backs of the province's
Unless the provincial government and the NHA decide to continue funding ATLAS, the only youth residential addictions service in the northwest will close on December 31.
"The Work Ability Centre is renowned for the quality of their programming. If anything, it should be expanded, not closed down." Darryl Walker, president BCGEU/NUPGE
Another devastating cut to services for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Waddell's Haven Guest Home in Mission, B.C. at full capacity to be closed.
Action-based initiative, called Uniting to End Violence Against Women, will connect shelters that help abused women across the country.
NUPGE's national secretary-treasurer looks at the long-term impact on government revenues and public services of the Harper government's new Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). 'How are you going to buy your own health care with $400?' he asks.
Three Saskatchewan unions combine efforts to improve wages and working conditions for those who help the most vulnerable people in society.
'I’m appalled.... Addictions don’t take holidays.' - MGEU president Peter Olfert.
“Any change that means a child will be safer is a change for the better, so the news that there has been a decrease in the number of children living in overcrowded foster homes is welcome,” said SGEU president Bob Bymoen, in response to the release of the Children’s Advocate Progress Report on foster home overcrowding.
'Another blow to the provision of mental health and addictions services.' - Darryl Walker.
'These workers deserve our utmost respect and recognition.' - Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer.
First province in Canada to join with dozens of municipalities in celebrating the contribution CSS workers make to communities across the country.
This fall municipal governments from across the country, representing more than 7.5 million Canadians, have passed official resolutions acknowledging Nov. 6 as Canadian Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day.
NUPGE's Larry Brown says tax cuts benefitting mainly the wealthy are the cause of current government deficits and it will be unfair and damaging to the economy if public sector workers become scapegoats and are forced to pay the price in lost jobs and pay cuts.
'ATLAS provided vital services that won't be replaced.' - BCGEU president Darryl Walker.
Advises workers with family services and housing department to 'hold off' until more information is available.
Demonstrators remind Premier Gordon Campbell of promise to create the best support system in Canada.
Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon proclaim Nov. 6 Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day
'The fact is that the people who made out like bandits, shoved money into their own pockets by the bucketful, and drove our economy into a crisis, have no apparent shame.' - Larry Brown.
On November 6th the Government of Manitoba and MGEU will recognize the importance of highlighting the work of Manitoba's Community Social Service Workers and to acknowledge their vital contribution to our communities.
"We're honoured that they have chosen to join our organization for the security and certainty of a union contract." BCGEU president Darryl Walker
NUPGE launches the second year of recognition for community social service workers.
'Both sides worked together to make the work site a better place for the staff and clients.' - BCGEU president Darryl Walker.
The Human Resources Council for the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector is conducting a confidential survey which may be of interest to individuals aged 45+ planning to retire or make other work changes, or who are already retired.
Focusing attention on the crisis of murdered and missing Aboriginal women.
'The OECD recently reported that Canada has the second highest rate of jobless people living in poverty in the OECD. But the Harper government's proposed EI reforms will only benefit the "deserving" few.' - Larry Brown.
One in five cannot pay for basic needs like glasses and dental care or participate meaningfully in community recreational activities.
'Men in particular are taking a hit in ways Canada hasn't seen in a very long time.'
'It's extremely disappointing ... a real set back.' - BCGEU president Darryl Walker.
'The time for major changes in the management of the Agency is long overdue.' - Joan Jessome.
There has been an increase of more than 50 per cent in demand for Charlottetown's women's shelter.
Four unions have reached a settlement with the BC government that provides compensation for community social services workers who lost job security provisions under the Liberal government's 2002 contract-breaking legislation known as Bill 29.
NAPE says home care and support services for persons with disabilities must be addressed in Newfoundland and Labrador.
'NAPE has been telling government for many years that there are systemic problems.' - Carol Furlong.
New survey by Statistics Canada says more than 80% were fleeing an abusive situation.
Community-based women's shelters look to the international scene to find solutions that help women escape domestic violence.
'A devastating impact on women, particularly those living in poverty, women of colour, Aboriginal women, and other marginalized women.' - HSABC
'Sandwich generation' needs help coping simultaneously with children and aging parents.'
Five million Canadians provide care for their loved ones with long-term health problems.
'The employer wants to weaken layoff language in our collective agreement and we’re not prepared to accept any take aways.'
Province-wide SGEU campaign features firefighters, highways workers, social workers and corrections workers.
'Governments must improve social assistance programs in these tough times or we're going to see more families in Canada living in harsh, desperate circumstances.' - NUPGE president James Clancy.
Web resource helps Canadians demand that the federal government act to improve Employment Insurance, pension and retirement security as well as stop banks from gouging consumers.
Critics pounce on Harper government for failing to expand program to cope with rapidly rising unemployment figures.
Events across the province are drawing attention to the value of a wide range of crucial services that make communities better places to live and raise families.
March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Providing housing and support services will cut the costs of dealing with the problem by more than half, provincial secretariat estimates.
Bill C-4 (the proposed Not-for-profit Corporations Act) increases administrative demand on thousands of federal non-profit organizations and charities across Canada without addressing the critical lack of stable and secure long-term funding.
Why are several Canadian provinces cutting back at a time when the economy needs stimulus across the board, asks NUPGE's Larry Brown.
'It means that they will now have protections like a grievance procedure, shop stewards, strong health and safety language and, of course, higher wages."' - Darryl Walker.
'They make our communities better and our unions stronger.' - James Clancy.
'The income gap has widened to the point that the top 10% of B.C. families now earn more than the entire bottom half of families.' - CCPA.
March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Campbell government deregulated recovery homes in British Columbia after winning power seven years ago.
Investigation indicates widespread abuses by private operators who are benefiting from millions in public funding.
US Researchers have discovered human antibodies that are able to neutralize not only H5N1 bird flu but other strains of influenza. There is hope now to develop them into lifesaving treatments.
But country's highest court rules in favour of labour groups on how EI rates were set from 2002 and 2005
As impact of the economic crisis is felt there are concerns that governments will further cut those community social services that help remove barriers to people with disabilities.
Acknowledging the vital role that community social service workers play
Acknowledging the vital role that community social service workers play
NUPGE acknowledges the commitment and dedication of workers in the field
Communities acknowledge the vital role that workers play in supporting individuals and families.
Community social services workers will receive a new bonus early next year thanks to the efforts of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association of Unions (CSSBA), led by the BCGEU.
The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE) has launched a new campaign to promote the value of public services.
The Alberta government is being accused of failing to protect children in care and trying to hide problems with the child welfare system from the public.
Children in the care of the Ministry of Social Services in Regina are at risk as an emergency situation in the foster care system escalates, says the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE), the union which represents front-line child protection workers and Family Services staff.
'The work they do is critical but it often goes unrecognized.' - James Clancy
Canadian Psychological Association says big challenge awaits Oct. 14 election winner
'Over 25,000 women and children in Alberta were turned away from overcrowded shelters last year.' - James Clancy, National President of NUPGE
Earlier this summer, the bargaining committee representing Manitoba Government Community Workers, members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE), reached a tentative deal with Manitoba government representatives on a new contract.
Costing economy $51 billion annually
Increases of 19% to 21.67% over 4.25 years
OPSEU calling for increased pressure on politicians to bring about a settlement
Critics say the move won't help the vast majority of Albertan residents struggling with severe disabilities
OPSEU president scheduled to make presentation on Bill 77
Survey finds 43% targeted in the past year by clients, co-workers and supervisors
Confidentiality restrictions prevent response to unfair attacks
Research confirms observations by many of NUPGE's front-line workers
Conditions so bad that 74% would consider comparable jobs in other fields
Improvements include monetary items and mileage
'If Bill 77 goes ahead as is, it will have a hugely detrimental effect.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas
'Profound change is essential if people living with mental illness are to receive the help they need and deserve.' - James Clancy
Ontario caseloads more than twice the national average
'We reject a government policy that closes quality care centres and puts people at risk.' - OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Premiums paid by workers and employers diverted to other uses by successive governments
Decision expected from B.C. government before fall
Poverty afflicts 12.6% of all Ontario children including 44% of all children in low-income families
Breakthrough means plan will be in place by April 1, 2010
High turnover rates and burnout of existing staff also major problems
Union releases poll information from workers on the front lines as well as public polling data showing widespread concern about lack of funding and resources
NUPGE releases new leaflet on renewing community-based social services
'The minister may not know what is going on in his own ministry.' - George Heyman
New survey shows staffing crisis among community agencies is getting worse, not better
Desperate need for our governments to invest more in the community support, affordable housing and health care that people with mental illnesses require.
As homelessness worsens in Canada, the federal government can no longer justify spending untold billions of dollars on war.
New Brunswick Child and Youth Advocate, Richard, makes recommendations for child protection services. Child Protection workers across Canada have already identified these issues from their own experiences. Now governments need to act!
'The residents must be treated with dignity and respect.' - George Heyman
NUPGE planning national appreciation day later in the year
Domestic carriers must stop charging severely disabled passengers fees for extra space or caregivers.
'Members should be prepared to walk.' MGEU
Victoria headquarters renovations supervised by Tom Christensen cost three times original estimates
$250,000 over five years to help train managers and staff
'I am always struck by their dedication, compassion and professionalism.' - James Clancy
Throne Speech contains a vague hint but no promise that action will be taken
Exploring solutions to excessive caseloads and workplace stress
As in Ontario, Manitoba's social assistance rates are not keeping up with the cost of living. In Manitoba 60,000 people use employment and income assistance (EIA) as their major source of income. This assistance program as well as the shelter assistance has not kept pace with inflation.
October 1-7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week
A broad coalition of community organizations and poverty groups have formed to address the ever-worsening poverty in Ontario.
'This is as much an issue of public safety as it is about wages.' - MGEU president Peter Olfert
Employees have fallen far behind others working in the same sector.
Ends first strike in Society's history
Wages and workload key unresolved issues
Wages and workload among unresolved issues
Raises range from $1.47 to $1.81 an hour over two years
Developmental services in London and Prince Edward County may soon be back on the job
Workers in London and Prince Edward County remain off the job
Elgin employees reach agreement while negotiations continue in other areas
Tillsonburg workers settle while other groups remain out
'Shocking ignorance of standard back-to-work protocols.' - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
'We can win this and achieve fairness for all developmental services workers across Ontario.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Madeline Meilleur locks her office door as bus loads of strikers picket
Problems faced by employees of the Ontario Disability Support Program
'I will advance the cause of accessibility.' - David Onley
Striking employees are joined by families and patients
'I’m calling on the premier to write a cheque now and get everyone back to work.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas
'We really wanted to avoid a strike but the government has not come forward.' - Denise Sands, OPSEU Local 144
'We must rebuild our capacity as a society to care for our most vulnerable citizens.' - James Clancy
More than 1,000 workers could be on strike by June 25 with 15 other groups ready to follow
'We are among the lowest-paid workers in the entire public sector.' - Nancy Schembri
Labour has long complained that Ottawa is diverting billions in premiums collected from ordinary workers
17 of 34 units have already given negotiators strong strike mandates
'We care deeply for our clients and do not want to disrupt their services.' - Larry McCrea
Events scheduled in London, Kingston and Thunder Bay
George Heyman demands to know who was consulted before decision was made
Proposed legislation not perfect but it would correct main failings of current system, says Canada's largest labour body
'Our goal this week is to address key issues facing these workers and chart the best way forward for everyone.' - NUPGE President James Clancy
Employers version of bumping rights language rejected by mediator
Via Rail must make passenger cars more accessible
Government document contradicts statements by children and family development minister
After accusing Liberals of using Employment Insurance fund as a 'partisan piggy bank', Harper Conservatives are now doing the same thing.
'To many of us, people with developmental disabilities are invisible.' - Leah Casselman
'We're pleased to welcome these two groups and are already working with them.' George Heyman
Harper government in Ottawa planning to boycott March 30 ceremony in New York
'We hope this ... will make all CAS workplaces safer for child welfare workers.' - OPSEU president Leah Casselman
'The result is higher fees, longer wait lists and reduced child care services across the province.' - BCGEU president George Heyman
Everyone who wants to see these workers get a fair and just settlement should send a message to Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Children and Youth Services.
Workers say children from coast to coast are at risk due to high caseloads, impossible workloads and government cuts
'While the work they do is critical, it often goes unrecognized.' - NUPGE President James Clancy
Appeal to Campbell government to stop systematic transfers
Ontario activists and supporters encouraged to find out about events taking place in their community
Seasonal workers facing serious delays
New minister of community and social services signals more sympathetic approach
It has proven its worth to the Vancouver community.
NAPE says money is available but province is not acting