Final text weakens and nullifies protections against work discrimination
"I'd like to see a day when the justice system works in favour of abused women and children. A day when we commemorate the end to domestic and stranger violence. A day where we celebrate an end to harassment and discrimination based on gender." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"That the Prime Minister, instead of allowing you the chance to resolve these issues at the bargaining table, has chosen to support the employer by legislating your members back to work is outrageous. This attack on workers’ rights is something that all of us in the labour movement must take a stand against." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"When you do a review, and you only look at the bottom line, it’s safety that suffers.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
When social finance is used to privatize public services, costs go up. In addition to investor profits, using social finance to privatize public services means new layers of bureaucracy.
Ottawa (03 Dec. 2018) — Depending on how it’s used, the newly announced Social Finance Fund will either be a useful tool for economic development or a hefty subsidy for a new form of privatization.
“We were clear from the start that any presumptive workplace mental health legislation would need to cover all workers and not just first responders — mental health doesn’t know or care what job you do. We were very happy to see every worker included in this important legislation." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"We know that discrimination against people with disabilities is compounded when they are faced with additional forms of oppression, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, classism and colonialism. We cannot talk about one without addressing the others." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“I’m not sure if I’m angrier that they’re rigging job evaluations or that they’re doing it to hurt women who are already among their lowest-paid employees." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
NUPGE unequivocally stands in solidarity with the members of UNIFOR and all workers employed at GM’s Oshawa Assembly plant.
This is not the first Special Operating Agency to be shut down by the Pallister government. The Green Manitoba Eco Solutions agency was shuttered, and the Pineland Forest Nursery will end operations by the end of the year.
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“Our new members have given themselves the power to improve working conditions and have a real voice in the workplace. They made a very smart choice." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
The secrecy that accompanies privatization schemes also makes it a lot harder to figure out when there are serious problems.
"It’s all part of a bigger plan to pay for whopping tax cuts for his friends on the backs of minorities and the most vulnerable people in our province." — Hervé Cavanagh, Chair of OPSEU’s Francophone Committee.
Union sees need to enhance online resources with added walk in service.
“We are calling on the federal government to allow for a fair process by encouraging workers and the employer to come to an agreement that works for everyone. This back-to-work legislation is a clear violation of workers’ Charter rights. CUPW successfully fought to have this right explicitly upheld by the Supreme Court.” — Hassan Yussuff, CLC President
Despite the government’s rhetoric that improved labour laws were “job killers,” Thomas pointed to the latest Statistics Canada data that shows employment in Ontario increased by 1.2 per cent since last October.
"We have a provincial government fixated on cutting and privatizing public services and now they might replace the Civil Service Act? What does that mean for public services. such as water testing, highway improvements, or crime protection to name a few?” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Canadians for Tax Fairness has continually advocated for the CRA to crack down on large tax avoidance operations, larger corporations and the wealthy and to stop being so heavy handed with less wealthy individuals, charities, and small businesses.