“Calling for greater corporate responsibility as a shareholder is not only financially prudent, but it allows us to pursue our values as a labour union as well.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“This is yet another example of how privatization puts profits before people and leaves accountability in the dust.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The Ombudsperson’s report confirms problems the BCGEU/NUPGE has pointed out for years regarding the long wait times and inadequate service levels experienced by the province’s most vulnerable people when calling into the ministry’s centralized phone system.
“NSGEU/NUPGE members should be very proud of what they’ve achieved. Their dedication and commitment has made a huge difference in the lives of working people and made Nova Scotia a better place to live” — Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees.
It is a measure of just how big a disaster privatization of prison food services turned out to be that the same state governor who originally proposed privatization is now proposing bring the services back under public control.
“Our future is being placed at risk because of a lack of action. Earth Day cannot be a celebration so long as we continue to resist moving towards a sustainable environment, just transition and measures to achieve a low-carbon economy.”— Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Pharmacare will save lives, reduce suffering and lower costs by billions of dollars each year. Canada is the only country with universal health care that does not have pharmacare. Canadians deserve better and must demand better.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
For workers, even after deductions, an increase in the minimum wage provides two times the benefit of a tax cut.
A clear victory for provinces to regulate the economy in the public interest.
If they give a strike mandate, NSGEU/NUPGE President Jason MacLean says his members at the IWK Health Centre could take job action as soon as next month.