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International Women’s Day 2021

3 / 8 / 2021

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) – of which the New Brunswick Union (NBU) is a member – marks International Women’s Day (IWD) by recognizing the contributions of women and gender-diverse people and recommitting to the pursuit of gender equity and justice.History of IWDIWD, March 8, is a day to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women, girls, and gender-diverse people. It is also a day to raise awareness of the work that remains to advance gender...

Beaulieu-Sirois making a difference during pandemic

3 / 1 / 2021

It’s a moment that stands out in the mind of Andrée Beaulieu-Sirois.“We recently got to take some of the residents outside for the first time,” said the member of the province’s PROMPT (Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Team) which is dispatched to long-term care facilities dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19 in the province.“I’ll never forget the look on their faces, after all the isolation and staying in their rooms, it was so great to see the smiles on their faces.”The act...

NBU stands in solidarity with brewery employees

2 / 23 / 2021

The New Brunswick Union (NBU) stands in solidarity with the members of the Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers Local 325.The 300 employees were locked out of the Toronto brewery by the Molson Coors Beverage Company on Saturday. The two sides had been negotiating a new contract as the previous one expired on Dec. 31, 2020.In an interview with the Toronto Star, Local 325 president Gaurav Sharma said he was disappointed and surprised by the company’s decision to lock...

Privatization of long-term care making problems from underfunding worse

2 / 18 / 2021

The privatization of long-term care is making problems caused by underfunding worse. That's the conclusion of a new report from the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), Neglecting the Most Vulnerable: The Privatization of Long-term Care.“When long-term care is privatized, the quality of care residents receive suffers,” said Larry Brown, President of NUPGE. “Whether it is the amount of direct care residents receive, or facilities being upgraded to meet current standards, research shows that public and not-for-profit long-term...

Minister Holder should apologize

2 / 9 / 2021

In a recent article in the St. Thomas University student newspaper The Aquinian, the provincial Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour made statements that are not only incorrect, but show a disdain for the hardworking people of New Brunswick.In the article, Holder blames the university’s Bachelor of Social Work program for the amount of New Brunswickers on social assistance. He’s quoted as saying:“social services employees working in income assistance don’t seem to have the skills necessary to get those...

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