Monthly Archives: August 2018

B.C. state of emergency shows dangers wildland firefighters face

“Whether it’s their neighbours or people thousands of kilometres away, wildland firefighters recognize they have a responsibility to do what they can to help, even when it means risking their own health and safety,” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

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Let the federal government know we need affordable, universal, and public pharmacare

The challenge now is to make sure that enough of that 91% of Canadians speak out so that the federal government recognizes that it has no choice but to bring in a national pharmacare program that is healthy, fair and affordable.

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Just say No to Doug’s cannabis plan: OPSEU President

“The idea that municipalities can opt out is a bad joke. Those cities and towns that opt out will be wide open to gang activity – it makes no sense.” — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas

Toronto (14 Aug 2018)  — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says Premier Doug Ford is irresponsibly throwing caution to the wind with his move to privatize cannabis sales.

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: https://nupge.ca/content/just-say-no-doug%E2%80%99s-cannabis-plan-opseu-president

BCGEU public service members ratify collective agreement

“After 16 years of staff cuts and wage restraint, there was a lot of pent-up demand for positive change from our membership,” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

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Report reveals distressing levels of harassment in Manitoba government

“Sexual harassment and harassment of any kind cannot be tolerated in government workplaces, so we’re hopeful that this initiative will mean that workers can come forward with concerns, and feel safe and free from reprisal when reporting harassment.” —  Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President

Winnipeg (13 Aug 2018) — Yesterday, the Government of Manitoba released the findings of 2 separate reports they commissioned to deal with the issues of sexual harassment and harassment in government workplaces. The reports included a number of recommendations for change.

Visit NUPGE's website for more information Original Post can be found at: https://nupge.ca/content/report-reveals-distressing-levels-harassment-manitoba-government

NUPGE joins call for Ontario government to take action on climate change

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has joined with other members of the Climate Change Action Network to call on the Ontario government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

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New Collective Agreement Awarded for Health Care Bargaining Unit

The award came after five days of mediation-arbitration which took place last week and concludes a process that began in October, 2016.

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Missouri voters reject anti-union law

Attempt by Republicans to make Missouri a right to work state was defeated by a two to one margin. Even many Republican voters weren’t prepared to support restricting workers’ rights.

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Government underestimates losses from tax haven use by wealthy individuals

Tax evasion is not a “victimless crime.” The victims are everyone struggling when they can’t get the public services they need  – whether it’s people experiencing hallway medicine, a student who can’t afford rapidly rising tuition fees or drivers worried about their safety after snow plowing services have been privatized.  

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Sears Canada directors still being paid, while former employees get no severance

The collapse of Sears Canada is a classic example of how too many of the laws governing corporations protect the wealthy, while ignoring the rights of workers and the long-term health of the economy.

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