Demands for Pharmacare and long-term care strategy brought to Council of the Federation meeting

"Let's continue the chat, continue the call for the PM, for the federal health minister, for these premiers and provincial health ministers to all pull together. Let's get pharmacare happening, let's get long-term care happening, let's make sure our communities are sound."  — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

U.S. tables NAFTA negotiating position: time for Canada to respond

“Regarding the labour provisions, it’s a step in the right direction to see that the U.S. government is promoting core ILO standards such as the right to collective bargaining. And the proposal that labour and environmental standards should be enforceable is also a positive development. But the other language makes the burden of proof too high, and the scope too limited. No labour violation complaint would ever be successful if violations of labour rights must be proven in a ‘sustained or recurring’ manner, and the environmental provisions offer no objective standards to enforce. And all these obligations should not merely apply in a manner affecting trade or investment.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Newfoundland government payments to McInnes Cooper exceeds $266K for public sector negotiations

“The people of the province deserve to know what this government is spending to outsource and duplicate efforts on the negotiations front. Our members deserve to know what their employer is paying to have a law firm take them on at the bargaining table.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President