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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...

Black History Month 2021

2 / 3 / 2021

Every February, Canada celebrates Black History Month to honour the legacies of black Canadians and Black people living in Canada. First celebrated as a week-long event in the United States in 1926, it’s believed the idea was brought to Canada by Black sleeping car porters who frequently travelled back and forth between Canada and the United States.In 1993 Rosemary Sadlier, president of the Ontario Black History Society, introduced the idea of having Black History Month celebrated across Canada to Jean...

What is the point of not offering help

1 / 28 / 2021

Empathy and compassion are virtues the governing party of our province needs to exhibit as it has been lacking throughout portions of the pandemic.The province is among the lowest in terms of money spent to help its citizens throughout COVID-19. Some will rationalize it by saying provincial economics are in a poor state, but that doesn’t excuse the lack of help in areas that would have cost nothing.For instance, the provincial government has been asked to follow other provinces in...

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