The exceptionally close results mean it’s hard to predict what will happen in the longer term, but the governing agreement between the NDP and the Greens holds significant promise for health care and community social services in B.C.
Changes made to attendance program for NSGEU/NUPGE members without consulting union.
"The Liberal government has an excellent opportunity as it negotiates a new Health Accord to put concrete measures in place to support people living with AIDS and HIV. This means more funding, more research, increased support systems, and access to more affordable drugs." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"The BCGEU/NUPGE calls on the provincial government to offer more substantive solutions by building additional assisted living facilities, especially in rural B.C., and ensuring that low-income seniors have access to appropriate care." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Next week’s provincial budget will show if the Liberal government is willing to make the broad investment in public services, or if the erosion of these services will continue." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
If you are lucky, you live in a Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) region that treats patients responsibly. A similar patient 100 kilometres away could be getting poor care. This luck of the draw is unacceptable in a publicly funded system." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Support for striking workers continues to grow. Last week, Tammy McCormick Ferguson, a patient of CarePartners, who communicates through an iPad because of a neurological disorder that has left her non-verbal, sent a note to the striking staff and to the media calling the nurses’ working conditions “appalling,” comparing their compensation to that of “dog walkers.”