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NB Union Board members help save lives and you can too!

 

In 2013, the New Brunswick Union partnered with Canadian Blood Services in their “Partners for Life” program. As part of this program, the New Brunswick Union has pledged to donate 25 units of blood a year. Anyone who gives blood can put his or her unit of blood towards NB Union’s pledge.

In May 2014, NBU’s Board of Directors visited the Canadian Blood Services Provincial Centre in Saint John. During the tour, some of the Board members took the opportunity to donate blood. For some of them for it was the first time, proving that it’s never too late to donate!

“Helping our communities doesn’t stop with our members. Every day, thousands of people are in need of blood, we can all play our part.” said NB Union President, Susie Proulx-Daigle. “Together, we can make a difference; by simply donating blood in NB Union’s name”.

If you are interested in donating blood in New Brunswick Union’s name, you can fill out the registration form before your next blood donation or register in person during your next visit. You will need the Partner ID to make sure the donation goes towards New Brunswick Union - NEWB013694.

We encourage you to demonstrate your commitment to saving lives through donating blood, platelets and plasma. Help us make our communities stronger and healthier!

 

Comparison of Public Service Shared Risk Plan and Teachers’ Pension Benefits Act Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Have you seen the chart circulating that compares the Public Service Shared Risk Plan (PSSRP) to the new Teachers’ Pension Benefits Act Plan?

As you may be aware, there is a chart going around that was produced by the New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation for circulation among its own membership that compares the new teachers’ plan to what was originally offered to the teachers. It is important to take note that document does not describe the PSSRP that applies to New Brunswick Union Members.

I heard that the teachers’ plan is better than the PSSRP and the chart appears to back that up. Is that true?

No. The teachers’ plan is not “better” than the PSSRP, and in fact the PSSRP is a better fit for our members.  If we were to be offered the opportunity to make changes to the PSSRP to match that of the teachers, we would decline.  Again, the chart does not really compare the two plans and was clearly drafted very carefully to show the teachers’ plan in a positive light, which is, of course, the Teachers’ Federation’s prerogative but it should not be relied on either as a source of information about the PSSRP or as a guide for how the PSSRP compares to the teachers’ plan.

Last Updated (Thursday, 22 May 2014 14:14)

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April 28th is National Day of Mourning – Let’s remember workers killed and injured on the job

As April 28th marks the National Day of Mourning, let’s take the time to remember and pay respect to the workers who have been injured and those who have lost their lives in workplace accidents.

Thousands of Canadians are injured at work each year. Last year, 9, 810 workers were injured on the job in New Brunswick, three of them fatally. One injury or one death is one too many in the workplace.

Workplace accidents are preventable and we need to continue to work together to reduce the number of accidents that occur each year. The New Brunswick Union is proud to promote a safe and healthy work environment so let’s stand united and learn from these tragedies in order to stop them from happening again. We all have a role to play in ensuring a healthy and safe work environment.

Susie Proulx-Daigle

President

Last Updated (Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:29)

 

April 17 is Equality Day

 

FREDERICTON – The following statement was issued by Randy Dickinson, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, on the occasion of Equality Day:
 
On Thursday, April 17, we will be celebrating Equality Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
 
The adoption of the charter in 1982 was an important milestone for which Canadians are justly proud. The charter has become part of what defines Canada, and New Brunswick, to Canadians and to the world.
 
The charter meant that many of the rights that we take for granted, such as freedom of speech, equality before the law and the presumption of innocence, were protected in the constitution for the first time. The necessity of a constitutionally-entrenched charter had been demonstrated, in part, by the ineffectiveness of the Canadian Bill of Rights of 1960. Nearly every case under the this bill had failed, and many observers concluded that this was because it was not part of the constitution.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:13)

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Canada: Unions Entitled To Collect Personal Contact Information From Employers

Mondaq Business Briefing 

February 28, 2014 Friday  
 
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Canada: Unions Entitled To Collect Personal Contact Information From Employers

Jennifer McKenzie 

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled this month that unions are entitled to collect personal home contact information for bargaining unit members from employers - even for employees who don't join the union. 
 
Canada's historic "Rand Formula" states that while an individual cannot be forced to become a member of a union, she cannot expect the benefits of union action without paying for it. As a result, such employees pay dues but remain outside the union itself. Bernard was one such employee who alleged that the disclosure of her home contact information by her employer to the union violated her rights under the Privacy Act, and section 2(d) and 8 of the Charter, (freedom of association and unconstitutional search and seizure).

Last Updated (Monday, 14 April 2014 10:10)

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