Monthly Archives: April 2016

Unusually warm spring in B.C. renews focus on wildfire fighters

To put it in perspective, the first significant wildfire event this year occurred some 3 weeks earlier than in 2015 and Environment Canada is forecasting an 80 to 90 per cent chance that B.C. will be hotter than average through June.

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NUPGE to host webinar on the basics of pension investment on April 29

The third in a series of five NUPGE Pension Basics webinars will explore the basics of pension investment, investment risks and opportunities and the role of trustees in setting investment policies.

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Earth Day: Any strategy on climate change must include a just transition

“The key is a comprehensive strategy that supports workers, their families and communities as partners in change, not victims of change. With a just transition strategy in place, the possibilities are rich and the vision of greener communities in a low-carbon economy is bright.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

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President's Commentary: It’s time for Canada to ratify ILO Convention No. 98

After 67 years, the federal government has run out of excuses. It can no longer justify its refusal to ratify ILO Convention No. 98, since the right to organize and bargain collectively is now recognized as a constitutional right in Canada.

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/12886/presidents-commentary-it%E2%80%99s-time-canada-ratify-ilo-convention-no-98

BCGEU leadership have positive meeting with Minister of Justice

“The issues we raised don’t just affect the working conditions of our members, they also have a serious impact on our justice system.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

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Court rules Ontario’s Bill 115 violated constitutional rights of education workers

“In the last two years, courts across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, have ruled that collective bargaining rights deserve constitutional protection because they enhance Charter values of democracy, dignity and equality.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

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NBU launches new ad promoting the work of members

NBU/NUPGE members help make New Brunswick work whether it’s in hospitals, on highways, in forests and on the waterways, or at Service New Brunswick locations and numerous other government buildings.

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PEI UPSE President responds to provincial budget

“If [the] government insists on making any changes to this benefit, it would ultimately have to be dealt with through the collective bargaining process.” — Karen Jackson, PEI UPSE President

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HSABC takes fight to the Supreme Court

Cancer cluster is found at a hospital in B.C.; unions fight at the highest level to show causation.

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OPSEU slams Ministry of Labour for “outrageous failure” to protect staff at Waypoint

“Violence is not a condition of employment that anyone agrees to accept when taking a job,” he said. We will continue to support Local 329, and all workers in dangerous workplaces, in every way we can.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/12926/opseu-slams-ministry-labour-%E2%80%9Coutrageous-failure%E2%80%9D-protect-staff-waypoint