Monthly Archives: June 2016

Ontario college vote a historic milestone for precarious workers

“These votes could be counted tomorrow, if Kathleen Wynne says so. After more than 7 years, and 2 organizing drives, these workers have waited long enough.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13029/ontario-college-vote-historic-milestone-precarious-workers

Corrections violence now in WCB hands says BCGEU

Vancouver (30 June 2016) — On June 27,  representatives of the B.C. Government and General Employees Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) met with senior WorkSafeBC officials to discuss the dramatic increase in violence inside all 9 provincial jails.

BCGEU/NUPGE pushes for action on increased violence in jails

Representing BCGEU/NUPGE was Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President & Chair of Component 1, Brian Campbell, Component 2nd Vice-Chair, Brandon Cox, Component Executive member and Staff Representative Mike Eso.

The issues raised at the meeting include

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13028/corrections-violence-now-wcb-hands-says-bcgeu

Unions matter to Canada because they built and are maintaining our middle class

Grandfather of the latest Why Unions Matter contest winner paid a heavy price for trying to start a union, but each generation since has benefited and prospered.

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13026/unions-matter-canada-because-they-built-and-are-maintaining-our-middle-class

OPSEU tells provincial government it is time to reinvest in Ontario's colleges

A submission from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union provides a recipe for a revitalized college system that can continue to serve a vital role in supporting and strengthening Ontario’s transition to a knowledge-based economy.

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13024/opseu-tells-provincial-government-it-time-reinvest-ontarios-colleges

NUPGE adopts strategy to stop privatizers

Delegates to the 2016 NUPGE Convention overwhelmingly agreed to undertake NUPGE’s twin-track strategy to fight privatization.

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13023/nupge-adopts-strategy-stop-privatizers

Neoliberalism is dying; labour must help shape what comes next

At NUPGE’s 2016 Convention author Paul Mason told delegates that “Neoliberalism’s 35-year cycle is coming to an end, but we might also be at the end of a much longer cycle,” he said. “This new cycle might be as revolutionary as the rise of the printing press.” 

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13021/neoliberalism-dying-labour-must-help-shape-what-comes-next

NUPGE will fight for community services

Delegates to NUPGE’s 2016 Convention overwhelmingly adopted a campaign to defend and improve community services for all Canadians.

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13022/nupge-will-fight-community-services

Union scores major Workers' Compensation win at Supreme Court of Canada

“Beginning almost 15 years ago, these union members embarked on a campaign for compensation because they were sick. Today, they are responsible for setting an important precedent for all workers.” — Val Avery, HSABC President

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13019/union-scores-major-workers-compensation-win-supreme-court-canada

Brown, Ballermann set to lead NUPGE

“All of you are doing work that is so important to your members and to everybody in Canada,” said Brown after his acclamation. “To be able to say that I represent you takes my breath away.”

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CPP expansion is a good start, but labour will keep fighting for retirement security of all Canadians

“The labour movement has stood tall on this issue, fighting for the dignified retirements of all Canadians. The agreement announced yesterday is a good start, but this campaign is far from over,” says NUPGE National President James Clancy.

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: http://nupge.ca/content/13017/cpp-expansion-good-start-labour-will-keep-fighting-retirement-security-all-canadians