“We know the closure of STC is hurting seniors, women, the disabled and medical patients, both financially and personally, but this government is sticking to its blind ideology over compassion and common sense.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“In our view, the value-for-money analyses were of little use to decision makers because they contained many flaws favouring the P3 model.” – Office of the Auditor General of Canada
“We spent hours carefully preparing documentation that would support mediation. The employer had a month to do their homework, but they arrived empty-handed: no documentation, no brief, no new offer.” — Chris Jackel, Chair, OPSEU Corrections bargaining team
“The rosy report the government painted on wait times and hospital stays is far different than what I’m hearing from frontine workers. Hospital staff are stretched thin and continue to deal with patients with complex health issues.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“Community-based organizations save money and lives. It’s time for government to do better and invest in the vital services that Saskatchewan people rely on, and in the workers who provide these critical services.” — Bob Bymeon, SGEU President
There are many worthy charities and non-profits working in the area of disaster recovery but the Executive Committee chose to donate to the Red Cross in order to take advantage of the B.C. government’s pledge to match up to $20 million in donations.
“Workers have the right to bargain collectively, and this rests upon the right to strike — otherwise, employers would always have the upper hand. It’s not always pain-free, but it’s principled.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President