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Strike continues as Gateway Casinos refuse to release company financials

BCGEU/NUPGE cites lack of transparency as reason for breakdown in talks.

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New Contract for NBU College Instructors

“Negotiations are successful when both sides come to the table with mutual respect and a willingness to work together.” — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President

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BCGEU demanding investigation into worker safety at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

“It’s outrageous that our members and other workers are being assaulted on a weekly basis at the Forensic hospital and the employer is doing nothing about it.”  — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

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Support the Fight for $15 and Fairness in Ontario this Saturday!

The Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign won a major victory in the fall of 2017 with the introduction of Bill 148: an immediate jump in minimum wage to $14/hr with a further increase to $15/hour scheduled in January 2019, paid sick days, equal pay for equal work provisions for contract and temp workers, and fairer scheduling rules, to name just a few gains. Taken together, these gains represent the most significant progress for low-wage workers in this province in decades. However, the Ford Conservatives are set on repealing many of these gains, including blocking the raising of the minimum wage to $15. It is no coincidence that this attack on workers is progressing alongside the recently announced cuts to social assistance rates and the additional sweeping changes to OW and ODSP expected later this fall. How better to roll out the red carpet for big business exploitation than to keep minimum wage workers and those on social assistance as poor and precarious as possible. Corporations and their executives make massive profits on the backs of poor workers – take for example Galen Weston Jr., the CEO of LoBlaws, who has a net worth of $8.82 billion. Unsurprisingly, he is also one of the people leading the charge against the minimum wage increase. We need to be organizing with all we’ve got to defeat Ford’s cuts to welfare and workers’…

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September 15 – Stand Up and Speak Out for a $15 Minimum Wage!

Join us on Saturday, September 15 for our Day of Action! That’s when the 15-week countdown to a $15 minimum wage in Ontario begins. We are marking the day with creative actions at MPP offices in over 15 communities. Visit the Fight for $15 & Fairness website or Facebook page to see where the action is happening near you!

Now is the time to tell Premier Doug Ford that we are standing up for workers in our communities. So before the big day, please send an email to the Premier and your MPP asking them to stand against the big business lobby and stand up for the people.

Workers and organizers with banner: Hands off our $15 minimum wage and fairer labour laws! (Labour Day 2018)

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It’s crucial that we get loud and visible as we tell our government that Ontario being “open for business” should not mean that protections and decent wages are closed to the most vulnerable workers in the province. The big business lobby has become bolder in their stance against fairer laws for their workers. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is openly calling on the government to cancel all of Bill 148–including personal emergency leave, new scheduling rights for workers juggling part-time work as well as equal pay for equal work for contract and temporary workers.

There is no reason to repeal Bill 148. The evidence is in! Check out this article that shows the bigger picture: Ontario’s unemployment rate is still the lowest it’s been in about 18 years and total hours of work and average wages have increased, “especially in sectors most impacted by the minimum wage increase.”

Join us in telling Premier Ford that there are more people who gain from Bill 148 than there are employers and CEOs who are reluctant to share a little bit more of their profit. Please send this letter to Ford and share it with your networks. Millions of workers are benefiting from these long overdue changes, and even more will benefit when we finally get $15 and fairer scheduling rules on January 1, 2019.

Workers are counting on your support in defending our new rights at work. If you want to gain more support in your area, download and print this petition and gather signatures to show your MPP how much we need fairness at work. See you this Saturday as we show our government that democracy is alive and well in the decent work movement. Together we can win!

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Groves Memorial Community Hospital members find strength and peace of mind with OPSEU

 “Employers quickly learn that OPSEU//NUPGE refuses to settle for second best when it comes to the interests of our members.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

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Immediate action required to protect our democracy


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Contract for B.C.’s health science professionals gets underway

“Years of erosion in our health care system can’t be fixed overnight, but achieving a contract that addresses those issues and supports improvements to the health care service British Columbians expect and deserve will be a priority at the bargaining table.” — Val Avery, HSABC President

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CLC – ETUC Joint Statement on the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter in CETA

Trade unions in the EU and Canada are united in our call for progressive trade deals that promote decent jobs, protect and enhance labour rights, protect public services and lead to fair distribution of wealth. We worked together throughout negotiations on CETA to call for the deal to respect these objectives.

CETA has been provisionally applied since September 2017. Both the EU and Canada agreed to an early review “with a view to the effective enforceability of CETA provisions on trade and labour and trade and the environment” as stated in the Joint Interpretative Instrument (JII) at point 10.[1] However, no progress has been made in this regard.

In July 2017, the European Commission launched a consultation on the implementation and enforcement of Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapters in EU Free Trade Agreements. The ETUC replied to the consultation in October 2017. The Commission eventually issued a paper outlining 15 action points to revamp the TSD chapter. However, the ETUC deeply regrets that the Commission has brushed away the possibility of introducing a sanction mechanism in the case of persistent breaches of labour rights within EU trade agreements, as has been consistently proposed by the ETUC and other stakeholders.

We note that Canada has been committed to a sanctions-based approach regarding labour rights in its free trade agreements. The EU’s inaction in reviewing CETA is already undermining effective enforceability of labour rights by Canada in third countries with which the EU and Canada have free trade agreements. The EU should finally start to engage seriously to ensure that commitments made by both parties in the TSD chapter to respect core ILO standards and promote the Decent Work agenda become effectively enforceable.

The EU cannot continue to delay reviewing the TSD chapter. Commitments were made by the EU and Canada in the JII to pursue fairer and more progressive trade and investment agreements. The ETUC and CLC call on the EU to join Canada and honour the commitment taken in the JII and start the review of the trade and sustainable development provisions as soon as possible.


[1] Review and Stakeholder Consultation: a) Commitments related to trade and sustainable development, trade and labour, and trade and environment are subject to dedicated and binding assessment and review mechanisms. Canada, the European Union, and its Member States are fully committed to make effective use of these mechanisms throughout the life of the agreement. Furthermore, they are committed to initiating an early review of these provisions, including with a view to the effective enforceability of CETA provisions on trade and labour and trade and the environment.

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NUPGE Scholarship Winners for 2018

“Congratulations to all our winners of 2018 scholarships. We wish you all the best in your education and future pursuits.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

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