“It is encouraging to see strong agreement on so many important issues ahead of a new budget. In particular, the commitment on mental health supports stands out as important. This commitment elevates strategies that recognize the urgency around the opioid crisis, which we know is having a devastating effect on workers and the communities in which they live.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Monthly Archives: May 2017
“We mustn’t be lulled into thinking that these changes fix all of the serious problems facing workers today. There is still much work to do in both provinces, and across the country, before we can claim that workers’ rights are protected and respected as they should be.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Winnipeg (31 May 2017) — On May 30, Michelle Gawronsky, President of the Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU/NUPGE) attended the Manitoba Legislative Building, where she joined conservation officers in listening to the second reading of Bill 226, The Manitoba Conservation Officers Recognition Day Act.
In the words of the Act, “it is important to honour Manitoba’s conservation officers for their selfless work, and recognize that conservation officers deserve protection and support in carrying out their important enforcement duties.”
Regina (30 May 2017) — The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU/NUPGE) has learned that while academic and support staff are being laid off to deal with budget cuts, Saskatchewan Polytechnic continues to create additional managerial positions.
Nineteen financial services workers join 645 workers at Vancity credit union as members of BCGEU/NUPGE.
“These hard-working members are seeking reasonable improvements and deserve a fair deal.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Having this specialized unit is so crucial to ensuring the wellbeing of infants in care. It is more and more difficult to live by our motto of ‘put kids first’ when the government’s constant cuts to funding and services continue to put them last.” — Chrisy Tremblay, OPSEU Region 4 Executive Board Member
NUPGE is still accepting entries for the May contest theme — Why unions matter for democracy.
“A big, warm welcome to everyone in Local 440 and 441.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“If the Liberals are serious about keeping the promises they made to Canadians in 2015, they will vote in favour of the parliamentary committee report.” — Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)