"They are closing a profitable and socially responsible Liquor Control Commission (LCC) outlet that will result in reduced services for Islanders and more jobs lost unnecessarily.” - PEIUPSE President Shelley Ward.
“Here we have a government that denies workers their basic human right to take strike action to defend their economic interests. Yet, it is prepared to take the side of a very profitable company, CP Rail which made nearly $700 million last year, to help them attack the pensions of CP workers.” - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Thousands join together to protest the federal budget by darkening their websites on June 4.
"These workers should not be tossed aside in a drive to reduce costs and increase profits.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Vancouver (31 May 2012) - Over 100 activists from all sectors of the labour movement rallied in Kelowna on May 25 in support of the 130 workers from Spring Valley Care Centre who have all been given lay off notices.
NSGEU/NUPGE members working for VON reach a tentative agreement with the employer.
“You don’t provide support to people, many with mobility challenges, by forcing them to travel to see you.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
In fighting the dramatic tuition fee hikes, the student movement is defending the values of equality and solidarity which underpin this social contract.
With a 13 per cent child poverty rate, Canada ranks higher than the average and places 24th of 35 industrialized countries.
Union activists from across New Brunswick gathered for the Spring Training Session.
Liquor board members plan privatization fightback campaign.
Health science professionals in Alberta meet for two days to discuss upcoming challenges.
Edmonton (30 May 2012) - Members from across Alberta will be gathering on May 31 and June 1 for the Annual General Meeting of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE).
"If Canada had a modern industrial strategy, we wouldn't be having this conversation. We'd be talking about how to put people to work in sustainable, decent jobs, not being forced to take whatever is left at the end of the day." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Ten years of supporting migrant workers was celebrated this past weekend.
The union is concerned a provincial Commission will recommend combining ODSP with Ontario Works in its final report in June.
Theft of 800 year-old cedar on Vancouver Island highlights lack of parks staff.
Allowing employers to pay migrant workers 15 per cent less is a blatant effort to drive all wages down in everything from resource extraction and manufacturing to the services sector.
Public service jobs of the people of Ontario have been outsourced to the U.S. for profit.
Robin Hood and his merry activists take to streets across from Parliament Building in support of the Robin Hood Tax. UPDATED
Home support workers on the verge of strike over issues such as hours of work, travel, wages and benefits.
"There is no place left to cut without putting people and services at risk." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, Old Age Security is sustainable - despite what the Harper government is telling you.
"It's worse than a "who's on first?" situation; it's whether or not anyone is even considering ways of reducing poverty across the board. Canadians everywhere deserve better answers." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"We’re hoping the B.C. Government has heard their message and gets serious about negotiating a fair and reasonable agreement with us.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
James Clancy, NUPGE National President, condemned Bill 78, calling it a repressive law which imposes unconstitutional limits on the fundamental rights and freedoms of assembly, association and expression.
Canada’s cultural diversity strengthens the country socially, politically and economically.
“It’s times like these when the public is reminded of just how important public services are to our safety."
“This week is a special time to recognize the life-saving work of the province’s emergency medical services professionals,” stated Furlong
The CPP remains the most stable pension fund in the country, funded on a sound basis and well managed by professional staff independent of government.
Facilities (health) talks resume this week: employers slow to disclose data essential to making progress on key issues
Vancouver (22 May 2012) - After a scheduled two-week break, negotiations for a new Facilities collective agreement in British Columbia resume.
Support increased, stable funding for community-based organizations in Saskatchewan by contacting your MLA today.
NSGEU/NUPGE members to vote on new contract.
Why would your government give up annual revenues of $2.7 billion in order to obtain $100 million? This must count as one of the most short sighted and potentially dangerous decisions a government has ever made." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“B.C.’s commercial vehicle inspector corps is being stretched to the breaking point,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
Sexual diversity in the workplace, it pays off!, highlights the positive aspects of sexual diversity in the workplace as well as its benefits for employers, companies, institutions and workers alike.
"It is completely unacceptable that the constitutional rights of Canadians were treated with such utter disregard. We can and must do better." James Clancy
"We are committed to achieving binding arbitration, where outstanding issues are settled by an independent third party." - Trent Edwards, SGEU bargaining committee co-chair.
Activists in over 30 countries pile pressure on Governments to back a Robin Hood Tax, as leaders discuss FTT at European Summit
Ottawa (17 May 2012) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is actively supporting activists from over 30 countries who are uniting this week to pressure their governments to back a Robin Hood Tax.
While income inequality has begun to receive the attention it deserves, CMIS is determined to start a serious debate on the economic development strategy for this country.
Ottawa (16 May 2012) - Canadians for a Modern Industrial Strategy (CMIS) announced it will be bringing together people from labour, business, government and the community who believe Canada's economic success and social well-being depend on a proactive industrial strategy.
"Working to maintain our nation’s highways should not put these workers health and safety at risk. Far too many workers have been injured or lost their lives while doing so." James Clancy
"If the government doesn’t move on its proposals, we’ll be forced to consider job action.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Bargaining for PEI health care workers moves forward.
Charlottetown (16 May 2012) - Negotiations continue toward a new collective agreement between the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEIUPSE/NUPGE) and the Department of Health.
"Every employee in this province has the right to know more about where this is coming from and what might be in store for us," Bymoen adds.
BCGEU/NUPGE members at B.C. Safety Authority take strike vote to show support for bargaininig.
“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.”
“Without appropriate administrative support staff, schools would stop functioning,” says Jessome.
Young trade unionists from all over the world are meeting prior to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting to discuss the dramatic situation of young people looking for a job.
"Wherever and whenever you need them, NAPE is there. Every day. For your day."
First contract provides improvements to working conditions and wages.
130 health care workers to be laid off at Spring Valley care home
Vancouver (10 May 2012) - One hundred and thirty health care aids and health care assistants at the Spring Valley seniors' home in Kelowna, British Columbia have received lay off notices.
Higher costs, reduced accountability and privatization are all risks in the social impact bond funding scheme for public services.
Ottawa (10 May 2012) - Even though they have yet to produce results, many governments are enthusiastic about the way social impact bonds allow them to “buy now, pay later", says the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
"Licensed and registered practical nurses play an important role in keeping our health care system running effectively and ensure patients receive care with dignity and respect," says James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
“This award reflects the value of our front-line health care members, and recognizes the importance of the work they do,” Thomas said.
Saskatchewan government proposes new workplace legislation but rules out public hearings.
Provincial governments across Canada looking to cut valued social services to some of societies most vulnerable people.
As of June 30, refugees in Canada will be cut off access to treatment for chronic diseases. No other Canadians are denied these treatments.
Libel charge against blogger who criticized a Fredericton police officer dropped.
“Income inequality is the greatest social and economic challenge facing Canada today,” said James Clancy, NUPGE President.
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 per cent.
NAPE/NUPGE certified to represent home care workers with Exploits Homecare Agenc.
Bargaining resumes at the end of May for community health workers in B.C.
“I am deeply worried about the health and safety issues that the teachers and students are facing,” said Robyn Lambe, OPSEU Local President. “At this point we don’t even know what they are being exposed to.”
CUPW goes to court to oppose appointment of second arbitrator; first Harper government arbitrator appointed was ruled unqualified by the court
Daniel Aguirre becomes the seventh Colombian trade unionist killed this year, and the 61st since Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos took office in August 2010.
In analysis and discussions...differential impacts for women, Aboriginals, racialized persons, newcomers, and *the poor* are frequently left out. It’s hard to blame anyone, there’s a lot to talk about in this whopper. - Angella McEwen
Ottawa (7 May 2012) - Below is a post by Angella McEwen, a Canadian Labour Congress economist, about gender and the recent federal budget:
The only mention of either men or women in the 400-odd page 2012 Budget Implementation Bill is with regards to the appropriate use of donated sperm and ova.
Of course, the country can afford pensions for some people. Pretty good pensions, in fact. CEO’s and the Executive ranks are doing quite OK in their retirement.
Harper government chooses the side of big banks once again as it removes requirement to use independent ombudsman to resolve customer complaints.
Elections, resolutions and guest speakers filled the agenda for SGEU annual convention.
"In some cases, they’re simply moving jobs that are already done in rural locations to another rural location. It doesn’t make much sense.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
“At some point during the crisis, three of Canada’s banks—CIBC, BMO, and Scotiabank—were completely under water, with government support exceeding the market value of the company,” says Macdonald. “Without government supports to fall back on, Canadian banks would have been in serious trouble.”
The world needs to create 50 million jobs to return to pre-crisis employment levels, according to the ILO, but fiscal austerity and tough labour market reforms threaten a true jobs recovery.
“Instead of recognizing the value of this important work, the employer wants to slash what few benefits these workers have." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"Is this the new PEI? The government would do well to remember that they have a responsibility to invest in and maintain public services for all Islanders – especially the most vulnerable." - Shelly Ward, PEIUPSE President.