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Let union voices be heard in health care

4 / 24 / 2015

The provincial government recently announced it will bring together health care experts from across New Brunswick for a pair of forums to discuss health care delivery.The first session is set to take place in May. The New Brunswick Union is on record as having called for this type of summit to address concerns in the system, specifically how to deal with our aging population.While the NBU is in favour of the forums, it also expects unions to be part of...

Labour and Employment Board upholds union members rights

4 / 22 / 2015

A recent decision by the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board has upheld the rights of union members.In its decision, the board ordered the commission to reinstate a lawyer, Jean Trahan, it fired after he became a union member. The lawyer was part of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada bargaining team that was set to negotiate the first collective agreement on behalf of legal aid attorneys.He was to be terminated without cause and offered six months...

NBU calls for health care summit

4 / 15 / 2015

Many issues facing New Brunswick stem from its aging population.Out migration: young families are leaving the province in search of work resulting in the average age of New Brunswickers increasing.Inequality in health care transfers from the federal government: the model is changing to a per capita basis which will have a negative effect on the province as treating an older population is more costly than one with a younger median age.Perhaps the biggest issue of all is how to provide...

NBU seeks information on parking issue from 2015 provincial budget

4 / 10 / 2015

The recent provincial budget contained several statements that will have an impact on members of the New Brunswick Union. One of the issues involves parking for members of the public service.Here's how Finance Minister Roger Melanson announced the change during the 2015 budget speech:"...government will adopt a phased approach towards eliminating free parking for government employees in our urban centres across the province. This will encourage the use of our municipal transit systems and carpooling, which will benefit both the...

Karen Burk has inspired thousands through art and teaching

4 / 1 / 2015

Karen Burk's life could have been much different if she had been able to grow nice fingernails. She wouldn't have had a 30-year career as an instructor with the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. The opportunity to inspire hundreds of students would have been lost and she never would have met Queen Elizabeth II. The New Brunswick Union member earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Boston University and was working toward a master’s degree in library sciences from...

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