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BCGEU supports Canadian Bar Association recommendation for more legal aid, court funding

“This report echoes what the BCGEU has been saying for a long time, and that is, there needs to be more funding and staffing for both legal aid and court services in B.C.” – Stephanie Smith, President BCGEU

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13358/bcgeu-supports-canadian-bar-association-recommendation-more-legal-aid-court-funding

Strong strike vote at Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County

“Our work is protecting society’s most vulnerable children. We can’t give each child the attention and care they need if we’re juggling more cases than we can handle.” — Nicole Dennison McLeod, President of OPSEU Local 459 

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13357/strong-strike-vote-family-and-children%E2%80%99s-services-renfrew-county

MGEU members at Special People in Kildonan ratify agreement

MGEU/NUPGE members negotiated improvements to their wages and several leave provisions.

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13356/mgeu-members-special-people-kildonan-ratify-agreement

Sask. Finance Minister misleading media about what public servants want

“Public sector workers don’t want mandatory unpaid days off, and they shouldn’t be threatened with them, or with job losses, just because this government blew billions of taxpayers’ dollars.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13355/sask-finance-minister-misleading-media-about-what-public-servants-want

BCGEU meets with Bernard Richard, newly confirmed BC Representative for Children and Youth

The BCGEU/NUPGE is pleased by Mr. Richard’s willingness to continue a working relationship on these vital issues and looks forward to working with him.

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13354/bcgeu-meets-bernard-richard-newly-confirmed-bc-representative-children-and-youth

Government relents: 9 ServiceOntario centres to stay open

“They’re hearing – from people like the Auditor General – about the tremendous waste of their tax dollars through outsourcing and public-private partnerships. They’re also discovering no one is immune to this assault on public services.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13353/government-relents-9-serviceontario-centres-stay-open

Violence on the rise: BC Corrections releases new stats on prison violence

“These new statistics prove that now, more than ever, the B.C. government and WCB must address the issue of prison violence. The safety and security of our members — and our communities — is at stake.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

Vancouver (21 Feb. 2017) — New statistics released by BC Corrections show that prison violence in B.C. continues to rise. Assaults on correctional officers rose by 39 per cent between 2014 and 2015, and the new stats indicate that —based on the halfway point of 2016 — this figure is projected to rise by another 21.5 per cent for 2016. 

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13351/violence-rise-bc-corrections-releases-new-stats-prison-violence

Canada’s unions mourn the loss of former CLC president Bob White

“We have lost a formidable leader who truly understood the intersection of social justice and labour rights.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13352/canada%E2%80%99s-unions-mourn-loss-former-clc-president-bob-white

Sask government must honour rights under the Employment Act

“Building cleaners are the lowest-paid workers in government, and they’re being forced to pay for the Sask. Party government’s mismanagement. Now, instead of listening to us, they’re trying to dig their way out of their mess at the expense of public employees’ jobs and rights.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13350/sask-government-must-honour-rights-under-employment-act

Labour Board orders March 1 vote for hospital professionals in Thunder Bay

“At a time when hospitals are increasingly facing cuts and restructuring across Ontario, hospital professionals are highly aware of the importance of joining a union.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13349/labour-board-orders-march-1-vote-hospital-professionals-thunder-bay