Monthly Archives: December 2014

USW Local 9346: Solidarity with TFWs in British Columbia

Two, temporary foreign workers who exposed employer abuses of the TFW Program are now facing deportation. With the help of USW Local 9346, the workers at a Fernie, B.C., Tim Horton’s […]

Residential care program for vulnerable youth needs overhaul, BCGEU says

“It’s time government gives back what it’s taken from children at risk.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.

Vancouver (16 Dec. 2014) — A sweeping overhaul and reinvestment in B.C.’s residential care program for vulnerable children and youth is required following the Representative for Children and Youth’s latest report published on December 10.

“Children and youths with complex needs continue to be placed in inappropriate residential placements.  The Representative’s tragic report shows that we need to hit the reset button on B.C.’s residential youth care system,” explains Stephanie Smith, President of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE)

Children at risk due to lack of oversight and improper planning says B.C. Representative for Children and Youth

The lack of oversight and proper planning in the existing system puts children at risk of abuse from unsuitable caregivers and of being placed in unsuitable accommodation, the report shows. It is entitled Who Cares? B.C. Children with Complex Medical, Psychological and Developmental Needs and their Families Deserve Better.

Nearly 9,000 B.C. children and youth are in the care of the provincial government, and over half of them are Aboriginal. The report notes that the government has failed to act on the recommendations issued in a 2013 report by the Representative on the same theme.

Government cannot care for vulnerable children on the cheap

“The government is failing its duty as parent to the 9,000 children in its care,” says BCGEU Vice-President Doug Kinna, who represents child and family welfare workers in B.C.’s public service. 

“Government cannot continue to do child welfare on the cheap. Christy Clark can’t absolve her government from its parental responsibility towards vulnerable children and youth with complex needs,” says Kinna.

“The fact is, government is offloading its parental responsibility to contractors with little or no oversight, and no real verifications of caregiver credentials,” adds Kinna.

The safety and well-being of vulnerable children and families in the B.C. child welfare system is being compromised, because the government is not committing the resources required to protect them, with desperately tragic consequences. That is the key finding from the BCGEU Choose Children report, published in November.

“It’s time government gives back what it’s taken from children at risk,” says Smith.

To support our call to properly resource B.C. child welfare system, please visit www.choosechildren.ca.

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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

 

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Residential care program for vulnerable youth needs overhaul, BCGEU says

NAPE members at the College of the North Atlantic ratify new agreement

Lengthy round of bargaining concludes with a collective agreement on par with that of other public sector workers. 

St. John’s (16 Dec. 2014)  Voting for the faculty bargaining unit at the College of the North Atlantic (CNA), who are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE), has concluded. Votes took place province-wide last week.

NAPE/NUPGE members reach contract with improvements similar to contracts of other public sector workers

NAPE/NUPGE faculty members at CNA voted in favour of accepting the agreement. The agreement is based on the template agreement for other public sector workers.

“This has been a long and arduous round of bargaining,” said NAPE President Carol Furlong. “We will now work to get the agreement signed as quickly as possible.”

NAPE/NUPGE represents over 650 Faculty members at CNA across the province.

The new agreement is effective as of September 1, 2012, and is set to expire on August 31, 2016.

NUPGE

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

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NAPE members at the College of the North Atlantic ratify new agreement

Kicking the can across Ontario

By David Bush and Gerard Di Trolio This past Saturday, the USW organized a province wide day of action in support of the 124 striking workers at Crown Holdings’ factory […]

Bill 21 provides important blood supply protection for Ontario http://bit.ly/1Az…

Bill 21 provides important blood supply protection for Ontario http://bit.ly/1AzZ4CP

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Ontario’s new bill preventing privatization of the province’s blood collection is an important protection for the future says the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). Bill 21, the Safeguarding Health Care Integrity Act, was passed unanimously by all parties on Wednesday, December 10.
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Bill 21 provides important blood supply protection for Ontario http://bit.ly/1Az…

OPS Members will continue to picket their local MPP offices this week to protest…

OPS Members will continue to picket their local MPP offices this week to protest the employer’s contract position and support their bargaining teams. See the link below for dates, times and locations.
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OPS Members will continue to picket their local MPP offices this week to protest the employer’s contract position and support their bargaining teams. See the list below for dates, times and locations. Wednesday, Dec. 17 11:45 am – 1:00 pmBob Chiarelli 2249 Carling Ave., Ottawa 11:45 am – 1:1…
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R&F’s labour news update – December 15, 2014

USW 9176 members and supporters held a Day of Action at Beer Stores across Ontario on December 13, encouraging people to by bottled beer instead of cans to protest the […]

John Tory’s Response to the Shelter Crisis Inadequate

OCAP’s response to John Tory;
Please Keep up the Calls & Emails to the Mayor’s Office!
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December 15, 2014

Mayor John Tory,
Toronto City Hall,
Delivered by Hand

Mayor Tory:

Thank you for your December 12th letter. Unfortunately, we can’t consider it a sufficient response. You stress the importance of adequate shelter but offer only some indications of potential improvements at some point in 2015. What we sought to convey to you was the fact that you have taken over the Mayor’s job in a situation of acute crisis for homeless people in this City. We demand immediate action.

Due to a complete failure to implement binding policies with regard to shelter occupancy, the system is operating at intolerable and life threatening levels of overcrowding. This remains so even with the privately run “Out of the Cold” programs absorbing significant numbers. The failure to follow through on a drop-in space for women and trans people, puts lives at risk right now. At a time when gender-based violence and sexual assault has gripped National attention, you have it in your power to implement a service that would greatly reduce the likelihood of violence done to women and trans people in this city. It is simply not enough to say that the Deputy Mayor will be looking into this, or that the January meeting of Council will be considering options for next year. Lives are on the line. This is an emergency situation and should be treated as such.

As a new Mayor who has spoken of the need for a ‘unified City’, we are calling on you to give the question of adequate shelter and safe space full and immediate attention. With all due respect to Councillor McConnell, we repeat our call for you to personally meet with a community delegation and ensure that a fitting response to this crisis be rapidly developed. It really seems very little to ask that, while this City enjoys the Holiday period, its homeless residents should have their basic dignity and safety taken care of. At the very minimum, shelters ought to be operating at or below 90% occupancy.

Thank you for your attention to this matter

The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

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BCGEU says immediate action is required as WCB imposes $75,000 fine on Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

“I want to thank the BCGEU/NUPGE members on the joint occupational health and safety committee at FPH for the important work they have done to make their workplace safer.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.

Vancouver (15 Dec. 2014) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) is renewing its call for immediate action to ensure the safety of workers at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) in Port Coquitlam. This comes following the imposition on December 4 of an administrative penalty of ,000 by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) for repeated health and safety violations at the hospital.

Fine for repeated health and safety violations further demonstrates major problems at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

“Our members have a legislated right to a violence-free workplace; however, they continue to have their lives threatened,” says Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President. “It should not take a ,000 fine to make this employer do the right thing. They need to work immediately with the joint health and safety committee at FPH, comply with the orders WCB officers have written, and address quickly and fully the repeated violations of health and safety regulations.

“I want to thank the BCGEU/NUPGE members on the joint occupational health and safety committee at FPH for the important work they have done to make their workplace safer,” says Smith. “I also want to thank the WCB officers for their work to bring this employer into compliance with health and safety regulations that would make our members safer.”

NUPGE

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

NUPGE Components: 

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BCGEU says immediate action is required as WCB imposes ,000 fine on Forensic Psychiatric Hospital