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GTAC Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre Trip

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Saturday, July 9th
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM (approx.)

On Saturday, July 9th, the Greater Toronto Area Council has arranged a tour of the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton. The cost of the trip is $20 per person and includes admission to the centre, tour, lunch and transportation to the Centre. The maximum amount of attendees is limited to 40 people and is limited to OPSEU members and 1 guest. If you would like to RSVP to join us on this outing please sign up on our event page at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/482465465287825/  or by emailing us at:   gtac@opseugtac.com by July 4th. If you have any questions about the trip please email us at: gtac@opseugtac.com

The Workers Arts and Heritage was conceived in the late 1980’s by a dynamic group of labour historians, artists, and union and community activists who gathered together to discuss the need for a place where workers’ history could be celebrated. In 1996, after intense work by a volunteer board of directors, the (Ontario) Workers Arts and Heritage Centre purchased the historic Custom House on Stuart Street in the north end of Hamilton. The building is ideally situated in the heart of a working-class neighbourhood.

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre aims to preserve, honour and promote the culture and history of all working people. But we also hope to learn from the past towards challenging the future – for future generations. The contributions of working people – not only in Canadian history but worldwide – are showcased in art, exhibits, and performances. Their labour and advocacy has made this country a fair and vibrant place to live and work, and we acknowledge these struggles. Without them, Canadians would not be living in a country ranked among the best in the world.

For more information about the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre please visit: http://wahc-museum.ca/

We will leave from OPSEU’s Toronto office at 9:00 AM sharp and leaving to return at approx. 3:30 PM. The cost will be collected at the bus prior to leaving.

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A thank you to the fronline public service workers for once more putting themselves on the line for their community

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) would like to thank all the first responders, public service workers and who have worked tirelessly to respond to this tragedy and care for our communities. 

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More than 70 organizations support universal pharmacare in Canada

A diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, workers, seniors, patients and academics has come together to issue a statement of consensus principles for the establishment of National Pharmacare in Canada.

Our coalition believes that National Pharmacare should be a seamless extension of the existing universal health care system in Canada, which covers medically necessary physician and hospital services, and therefore operate in harmony with the principles of the Canada Health Act.

National Pharmacare should be governed by the following principles:

Universality

Coverage for all residents of Canada on equal terms and conditions.

Public, Single-Payer Administration

A publicly administered and delivered program that is integrated with the Medicare systems in which it operates, directly accountable to the public it serves, and leverages single-payer procurement to maximize purchasing power for the entire Canadian population.

Accessibility

Access to covered medications without financial barriers or other impediments.

Comprehensiveness

Coverage for as many medications as judged safe and effective by scientific evidence and based on the best value for money.

Ensure the public servant experts who select medications for coverage are appropriately insulated from political pressures and marketing campaigns.

Portable Coverage

Continuous and consistent coverage for residents who move within Canada.

In addition to the five principles above, our coalition believes that the federal government must offer leadership in order to achieve National Pharmacare. This must include substantial funding commitments, sufficient to induce provincial and territorial governments to opt-in to the national program.

Consensus principles signatories

National organizations

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
Canada Without Poverty
Canadian Association of Community Health Centres
Canadian Association of Social Workers
Canadian Association of Retired Persons
Canadian Association of Retired Teachers
Canadian Association of University Teachers
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canadian Doctors for Medicare
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Canadian Health Coalition
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Canadian Labour Congress
Canadian Nursing Students’ Association
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Canadian Women’s Foundation
Citizens for Public Justice
College of Family Physicians of Canada
Community Food Centres Canada
Congress of Union Retirees of Canada
Council of Canadians
InterPares
LeadNow
National Farmers Union
National Pensioners Federation
National Union of Public and General Employees
Seniors’ Voice
United Food & Commercial Workers
Unifor
United Steelworkers of Canada
Women’s Shelters Canada / Hébergement femmes Canada

Provincial & territorial organizations

Alberta Association of Community Health Centres
Alberta Federation of Labour
Alberta Federation of Union Retirees
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
Alternatives North
Alliance for Healthier Communities – Ontario
British Columbia Association of Community Health Centres
British Columbia College of Family Physicians
British Columbia Federation of Retired Union Members
British Columbia Nurses’ Union
Centrale des syndicats du Québec
Coalition solidarité santé
Friends of Medicare
Health Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador
Manitoba Association of Community Health
Manitoba Federation of Labour
Manitoba Health Coalition
Manitoba Nurses Union
Médecins Québécois pour le regime public
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice Inc. / Front commun pour la justice social du Nouveau Brunswick Inc.
New Brunswick Health Coalition
New Brunswick Nurses Union
Northern Territories Federation of Labour
Nova Scotia Association of Community Health Centres
Nova Scotia Federation of Labour
Nova Scotia Health Coalition
Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union
Ontario Federation of Labour
Ontario Nurses’ Association
PEI Federation of Labour
PEI Health Coalition
PEI Nurses’ Union
Planned Parenthood – Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre
Public Health Association of British Columbia
Registered Nurses’ Union of Newfoundland and Labrador
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses
Sexual Health Nova Scotia
Union des consommateurs
United Nurses of Alberta
Yukon Federation of Labour

See more at: CLC's website

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Sask Party government proves double standard with ballooning Crown executive wage increases

“It’s time for Premier Scott Moe to stop pushing a double standard where the rich get richer and the working-class get nothing but additional taxes and costs.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President

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President’s Commentary: Liberal government tries to force bad TPP deal through Parliament at breakneck speed

This is a bad deal for Canadians.  Even the government, trying to prove this was a good deal, released a study that proves the opposite.  The so-called benefits of the TPP are so minor that we will need a magnifying glass to see them, while the loss of jobs and the stagnation of wages will be unfortunately far too easy to spot.

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Commission’s reported deficit results must not lead to cuts in public services, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontarians will only suffer if Campbell’s commission of inquiry leads to cuts in – and the privatization of – public services including in health, education, and child care.

Although the commission’s report does not recommend cuts to services, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said today that Ontario is facing a $15-billion deficit that will require “sacrifices across the board.”

“It is clear that public services are at risk in our province, despite the fact that Doug Ford promised that no jobs would be lost in moving toward a balanced budget. Cost savings should not be found in Ontario’s already overburdened and underfunded public services,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “Public services are in a crisis. People are waiting in hospital hallways for care. Schools need repair. Families do not have access to high-quality, publicly-funded child care. Across the province, it is difficult to make ends meet. Our government must build public services, and instead they are laying the groundwork for cuts and privatization. It’s unconscionable.”

Doug Ford promised during his election campaign that no jobs would be lost in Ontario in the name of balancing the budget.

“The best thing for Ontario is to increase its revenue. As millions of precariously-employed workers who are forced to hold multiple jobs know, when a family budget is tight, it is necessary to increase their income,” said Buckley. “The budget must not be balanced on the backs of Ontario’s most vulnerable, who already struggle to access services they depend on. Public services must be readily accessible to all, from hospital beds when they are needed to schools in a good state of repair to affordable, well-regulated, publicly-funded child care.”

The Labour movement has long fought for strong public services and urges the government to ensure that it builds up public services rather than cutting or privatizing them, to make life easier for Ontarians.

“This government has a moral imperative to ensure that Ontarians have the services they need, when they need them. The best way to do that is to build up our public services,” said Buckley.

The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

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For further information contact:

Meagan Perry
Director of Communications,
Ontario Federation of Labour
mperry@ofl.ca l 416-894-3456

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OPSEU President to join rally to save Orono’s LCBO

“If the new government thought Orono was going to take this lying down, they’re in for a rude awakening.” — Tracy Vyfschaft, LCBO employee and OPSEU Executive Board Member

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MGEU members at Main Street Project ratify new agreement

Improved working conditions in new agreement.

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Rally: Expropriate 214-230 Sherbourne!

Download Flyer | Download Poster | Facebook Event 214 – 230 Sherbourne are 7 adjacent properties located at the southwest corner of Dundas and Sherbourne. For at least 50 years, three big houses on this lot provided housing for poor people. About 10 years ago, two of the houses were demolished, leaving just one 30-room house whose residents were then pushed out. A decade later the lot remains empty and the house vacant. Meanwhile, the church across from it struggles to shelter the escalating numbers of people dumped on the streets by Toronto’s deadly housing crisis. The neighbourhood desperately needs housing that poor people can afford. So when the properties were listed for sale earlier this year, OCAP mobilized to get the City to purchase them. But the owners took the properties off the market, preferring to sell to condo developers willing to pay more than the already inflated market price. If the owners won’t sell to the City, the City must take the properties over – expropriate them – and build social housing. The owners still get paid but the end result is housing for poor people, and not another gentrifying condo. 23 organizations have signed an open letter calling on the City to expropriate. It’s time. Join us on October 11, and let’s fight to win!

See more at: OCAP's website

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SGEU members ratify contract at H.E.L.P. Homes of Regina

 “Our priority is to ensure clients of H.E.L.P. Homes receive the support they need, and we commend the organization for recognizing and compensating our members for the important role they play in providing services.” — Darren Olsen, SGEU Bargaining Chair

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Saskatchewan Social Impact Bond contract sets dangerous precedent

Making sure children aren’t hungry, making sure they can see properly in school, and making sure they get help if they lose a loved one shouldn’t depend on where wealthy individuals or corporations decide to invest.

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