. “I strongly encourage everyone to support their leadership team which is recommending that members vote yes on August 29.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Health care professionals, including members of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC/NUPGE), have stepped up by asking how they can help their colleagues deliver health in affected regions.
“This is not the end. This is a new beginning and provides us clarity for what we must do. Your work is valuable and deserving of a wage that is fair and representative of your colleagues across the country. Benefits that you have earned over the years should not be legislated away with the swipe […]
“After all the labour havoc they have caused during their last term in office, haven’t they realized they should stay out of the process and stop causing employees such unnecessary distress?” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“These workers need and deserve the kind of working conditions that will allow them to continue providing the best possible blood services to the people of Ontario — public services that Ontarians can trust and have complete confidence in.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We will continue to push for [domestic violence leave] in negotiations, with the ultimate goal of it becoming part of the labour laws in our province.” — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
“One of our top priorities is ensuring our services foster the inclusion and dignity that adults with developmental disabilities have a right to. However, the employer doesn’t think we deserve the same kind of dignity — not when they’re offering us dimes.” — Sue Walker, President, OPSEU Local 249
“They are proud to be part of the fabric of the local community and the nearby counties. It’s time their hard work and dedication to their jobs be acknowledged with a fair collective agreement.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“A collective agreement setting out the conditions for a healthy workplace and a healthy living space will put them on a more equal footing with the employer and go a long way to addressing these issues.” — Len Mancini, Chair, OPSEU justice sector
As trade unionists, it is our responsibility to speak out and to act against the threats and violence that come with bigotry and oppression, wherever and whenever they occur.