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Who We Are

7 / 16 / 2018

It’s the question I get asked the most: Who do you represent? As President of the New Brunswick Union (NBU), I get asked it a lot. While it is a simple question, the answer is not. With nearly 10,000 members throughout the public and private sectors, our members have a diverse array of jobs that keep New Brunswick working. The easier answer is NBU members are all around you. We’re your friends, neighbours, colleagues and the person you pass along the street. While our...

US Supreme Court decision a step backwards for workers rights

7 / 9 / 2018

With a recent US Supreme Court Decision, our neighbours to the south are now teetering perilously close to the edge of dismantling the rights of workers and increasing income inequality to unprecedented levels in the United States. Dubbed the Janus decision - because it was brought forward by Illinois public service worker Mark Janus and backed by numerous anti-labour and conservative groups – it allows workers to opt out of paying dues, but still require the union to represent them. The case...

Paid leave for victims of abuse one step closer

7 / 6 / 2018

Two years ago, voting delegates of the New Brunswick Union (NBU) gathered for its Biennial Convention.One of the items on the agenda was a resolution for the union to push government to enact paid leave for victims of domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence. The members voted unanimously in favour of the resolution which came one step closer to becoming a reality recently.The province unveiled proposed regulations under the Employment Standards Act which would, “provide leave of up to 10...

Gag order latest reason to keep private sector out of public services

6 / 27 / 2018

A recent report in the Telegraph-Journal stated the union representing paramedics and the employer NB EMS – a subsidiary of Medavie Health Services New Brunswick – reached a new deal.Part of the deal states, “The Local agrees to refrain from speaking to the media about out of service units.”Essentially, a private company tasked with delivering a public service asked for and obtained an agreement that prohibits certain employees from bringing issues with the service to the media. Basically, it’s a...

Time to end for-profit plasma donations

6 / 12 / 2018

The following is an opinion editorial from Senator Pamela Wallin:After the tainted blood crisis of the early 1980s, 2,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and more than 30,000 contracted hepatitis C from infected blood.Sadly, about 8,000 of those who received bad blood are expected to die.A federal inquiry into one of the most significant health crises in the country's history found that it was driven in part by negligent safety protocols.After his investigation into the deadly scandal, Justice Horace Krever...

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