'EQUAL is an iconic word in New Brunswick ... We can make EQUAL/Égalité work for us.' - NBUPPE.
Fredericton (10 June 2010) - Two groups within the New Brunswick are teaming up to raise awareness among the public of their contribution to the health care system.
The Equal Partners Campaign is being undertaken by paramedic and specialized health care professionals. The effort is meant to draw attention to the high level of professionalism within the groups and AMONG their health care partners – doctors and nurses across the province.
One of the features of the campaign is a recognition of the need for all professionals to think of themselves as working for a joint employer - the province of New Brunswick.
"In unison, we are engaged in a public relations campaign that complements our (contract) negotiations - negotiations to establish equal treatment for equal partners," says the New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees (NBUPPE/NUPGE).
NBUPPE is joining other groups in opposing a two-year wage freeze announced by the province for doctors and nurses. It is also encouraging members to wear EQUAL/Égalité buttons at work.
"EQUAL is an iconic word in New Brunswick - Equal Opportunity, Equal Rights, and Equal Treatment are well recognized values in our communities," says NBUPPE. "We can make EQUAL/Égalité work for us. Wear the EQUAL/Égalité button proudly and be your best spokesperson for equal treatment."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE