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Poll: Replace for-profit long term care with public system

Poll: Replace for-profit long term care with public system

"This polling shows that Canadians understand that our LTC system needs to change. Before the vaccines, Canada was the worst country at protecting our seniors in LTC. 80% of pandemic-related deaths were in LTC. Invest and make it public, these are 2 key steps toward better protecting our seniors and the workers who care for them." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

NUPGE Federal Election 2021: Overdose Crisis

NUPGE Federal Election 2021: Overdose Crisis

Only focusing on recovery and treatment is not enough. We need harm-reduction strategies like safe-consumption sites and a safe (non-poisonous) supply. The best way to stop the toxic drug supply is to give people pharmaceutical-grade alternatives, or give drug-checking technologies so that users can test, use, and share safely. We must also consider decriminalization.

OPSEU/SEFPO calls on Black Creek Community Health Centre to stop bullying and get back to bargaining

OPSEU/SEFPO calls on Black Creek Community Health Centre to stop bullying and get back to bargaining

"After demanding an unreasonable and unnecessary strike deadline extension, Ms. Davis walked away from the table, indicating with high-handed arrogance that they would take their “sweet time” in considering the union’s offer, effectively forcing the workers onto the picket line." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President

National Union calls on feds to declare overdose crisis a public health emergency

National Union calls on feds to declare overdose crisis a public health emergency

“My union recently convened a meeting of front-line workers from a wide range of communities from across the country who are dealing with the overdose crisis. I wish you could have heard their comments. Speaker after speaker impressed upon me the urgency of the situation.” — Larry Brown, President NUPGE

Report shows Canada has the worst record in protecting seniors — Long-term care needs to be under the Canada Health Act

Report shows Canada has the worst record in protecting seniors — Long-term care needs to be under the Canada Health Act

"This report by a federal government agency shows how governments and employers failed seniors in long-term care as we went through the first, then the second, wave of COVID. And now they are failing them again in the third wave. Canada cannot continue to ignore this crisis; the impact on residents and workers in these facilities is a national tragedy. To protect our seniors, the Canada Health Act must govern long-term care in Canada." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.

NUPGE supports temporary court order exempting people experiencing homelessness from Quebec curfew

NUPGE supports temporary court order exempting people experiencing homelessness from Quebec curfew

“There was never a logical reason to include people experiencing homelessness in the curfew. People experiencing homelessness have no permanent shelter to stay in during the curfew, nor do they have the resources to pay the fines for breaking curfew. Had people experiencing homelessness been exempt from the curfew from the start, Raphaël André would still be with us today.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

NUPGE supports NDP call for federal action on long-term care

NUPGE supports NDP call for federal action on long-term care

"The crisis in long-term care urgently requires federal action. It is shameful that Canada is the worst country at protecting our vulnerable seniors, having the highest proportion of COVID-19 deaths in our long-term care facilities. NUPGE is pleased that the federal NDP is championing long-term care reform at this critical moment." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President