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A look back at 2020

12 / 23 / 2020

Things rarely go as planned.And 2020 was no exception. A global pandemic, lockdowns, social distancing and many more challenges were all part of the past 12 months.For the New Brunswick Union, this year marked its 50th anniversary and there were plans to celebrate. Obviously, that did not happen.However, in an unexpected twist, 2020 has been a celebration of workers across the world. While the wealthy went about figuring out ways to enrich themselves during a global crisis, the everyday workers...

Reports on Special Care homes troubling

12 / 21 / 2020

There’s an old saying: When someone shows you who they are, believe it.The same holds true for governments. We had hoped that unlike his Conservative counterparts in other provinces, the Premier Higgs-led government wouldn’t prioritize profits of corporations over people. Perhaps he would put the needs and rights of New Brunswickers ahead of political ideology.The past two weeks have demonstrated this is not the case.The story concerning the Lokia Group of Special Care homes – including Manoir de la Vallée...

Carleton-Kirk members vote in favour of tentative agreement

12 / 9 / 2020

Members of the Carleton-Kirk component – represented by the New Brunswick Union (NBU) – voted in favour of accepting a tentative agreement on a new contract.The vote was held on Dec. 7.“Members have shown exceptional patience in getting to this point,” said NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle. “They’ve been waiting a long time for a new deal.“Nursing home workers do an exceptional job each and every day caring for our seniors. The pandemic has only amplified their importance to our province.”The...

Loch Lomond Villa members sign new deal

12 / 1 / 2020

The members of the Loch Lomond Villa component, represented by the New Brunswick Union, signed its new collective bargaining agreement.The deal became official on Nov. 26 after members of the both bargaining teams signed the contract.This marks the end of more than four-year wait for the workers as the previous agreement expired on Oct. 15, 2016.The new collective bargaining agreement is six years in length and is set to expire on Oct. 15, 2022.“Members working in nursing homes demonstrate on...

Child care could be key to short and long-term recovery

11 / 30 / 2020

A new report from the Centre for Future Work is once again demonstrating that New Brunswick would benefit greatly from the implementation of a national child care system.According to the study by economist Jim Stanford:A universal national early learning and child care (ELCC) program would create over 200,000 direct jobs in child care centres, 100,000 more jobs in industries which support and supply the ELCC sector, and facilitate increased labour force participation and employment by up to 725,000 Canadian women...

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