“You can’t provide emergency housing over a video conference. We need to be there to ensure that they get the safe and supportive housing they need.” — Kareen Marshall, OPSEU Community Agencies Sector Chair
As NUPGE members who work to provide services for seniors can tell you, funding has not kept pace with need.
"Let's take time to say thank you to those who take on such important work and support them as they fight for a better future for all of us." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
BCGEU/NUPGE sees the report as supporting their call to restore seniors' care in B.C. by putting people before profits and bringing the sector back under government as a public service.
“The delivery of quality mental health care begins with quality jobs. MCS’s employees work tirelessly to support families across the region.” — Val Avery, HSABC President
"This is a win for seniors as much as it is for workers." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"These jobs are difficult, demanding and stressful, but they are there because they are helping people. They deserve our recognition for being an integral part of our health and community support systems. On behalf of the 390,000 members of NUPGE — thank you!" — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
The strength of our health care system rests on our doctors, nurses, health science professionals, allied health workers, EMS personnel, DSWs, PSWs, health care aides, orderlies, cleaners, food service workers and others; to treat patients and keep the broader public safe, they need to be protected.
We need to take care of ourselves especially now and a big part of being healthy means taking care of our mental health. Stress is a major factor in poor health. And for those who struggle with mental illness, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, these times are especially difficult.
And what about the long list of workers that have been deemed essential during this pandemic? People who work in our grocery and convenience stores, at gas stations, or who provide food delivery. These are also the heroes we’re hearing about. Would you have seen them that way before the pandemic broke out?
MGEU/NUPGE works to rectify members' issues after employers violate collective agreements.
Unless the Minister completely rejects the idea that the Social Finance Fund will be used to "bring private funding, incentives and discipline into social services," past experience shows we need to assume that it will be used to subsidize the privatization of social services.
"This attempt to block much-needed reform to a sector in crisis and to better support home support workers is appalling. We realize the business interests of the BCCPA will be affected by this change, but it's time to put the well-being of people over profit and address the damage resulting from almost 20 years of privatization and underfunding in the sector." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Public polling has repeatedly shown that 3-in-4 British Columbians support a public inquiry into the multi-layered crisis.
“If she doesn’t change course, she’ll be marching some of the organization’s best talent, expertise, and know-how right out the door." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“How does forcing these organizations together improve patient care?” questions Gawronsky. “It really feels like it’s all about the bottom-line, instead of focusing on the health and wellness of Manitobans.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“It’s time for this government to step up and offer reasonable compensation to our workers to recognize the hard work and lack of support for services over the past 3 years." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“Our members at ParaMed Home Health Care want what we all want: a level playing field and a fair shot at success." — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer
"Today's news is a real victory for home support workers and the B.C. seniors who rely on their care. Bringing these workers into the health authorities will finally address the precarious nature of contract-based work with private providers and will enable more of a team-based multi-disciplinary approach to providing care at home." - Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president
“We have real concerns about the impact that the workloads, stress, and strain of their jobs is having on our members.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President