Liberals need the boot, not a reboot: OPSEU President

Toronto (13 Sept. 2016) — The Liberal government of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne needs “the boot, not a re-boot,” says the President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE).

Refreshing the Liberal brand isn’t enough to correct bad decisions

“After two years of lurching from mistake to mistake, the Liberals don’t need to ‘refresh their brand,’ ” Warren (Smokey) Thomas said today. “They need to call an election.”

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Ban alcohol sales through grocery store self-checkouts: OPSEU

With the privatization of alcohol sales, OPSEU asks the question: “Who’s winning here? It isn’t Ontarians.”

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B.C. report details fractured and under-resourced services for First Nations youth

“The Representative for Children and Youth has identified a lack of timely access to mental health services, a lack of proper assessment, miscommunication and a lack of coordination between services providers. These are all problems that are within the government’s ability to remedy if they have the will to act.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

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Canada Without Poverty fighting Conservative legislation on charities

“The restrictions on participation by our members in public policy discussions related to poverty exacerbates their political marginalization. Canadian government and experts around the world have recognized the lack of equal political participation of people living in poverty as a primary cause of poverty and of misguided public policy.” — Leilani Farha, executive director, Canada without Poverty

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B.C. court challenge threatens public health care

“This trial is of significant importance to all Canadians not just the citizens of British Columbia. Fundamentally, he has put our entire public health care system on trial. However, I think he has misjudged how much Canadians value and support Medicare.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

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Improve safety and staffing at Waterville Facility: NSGEU President

The health and safety of the women and men who work in the facility should be the priority of the employer, and we have reached out to them looking for answers.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

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New executive pay regulations in Ontario overlook government contractors

Sadly, however, these changes continue to leave the millions of dollars paid each year to private contractors and Bay Street lawyers hidden in the shadows.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

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Getting a job doesn’t mean you won’t go hungry

“When it is harder for workers to join unions and fight for their rights, it’s no surprise that more people are living in poverty even though they have a job.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE 

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NSGEU part of group developing plan for sustainable daycare at Dalhousie University

The NSGEU/NUPGE is working with Dalhousie Faculty Association and Dalhousie University to develop a plan for a sustainable daycare at the Agricultural Campus in Truro.

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Unions make fairness work for everyone: CLC

“Unions matter because we fight for all these issues, to move them forward and to share the burden. People before us fought to better our lives; we have a responsibility to continue the fight for fairness for those who follow.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

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