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Woodstock Police reach new deal

7 / 29 / 2016

The Woodstock Police Association, represented by the New Brunswick Union (NBU), and the Town of Woodstock reached a deal on a collective agreement.After negotiations, the two sides agreed to a one-year renewal - with some alterations - of its previous deal which expired on Dec. 31, 2015. The decision to go in this direction is based, in part, to the town manager getting set to retire as well as a new Chief of Police recently taking over.Town council voted in...

Canadians explain Why Unions Matter

7 / 22 / 2016

To help celebrate the ways in which unions have shaped our lives, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has been inviting all Canadians to share, in their own personal way, Why Unions Matter. NUPGE has received poems, stories, pictures, videos, and songs, and they’re looking for more. The entries are reviewed every month and a prize of $1,000 is awarded to their favourites. The New Brunswick Union has decided to share a couple of the winning entries. The first...

Separating fact from fiction in the blood donation debate

7 / 7 / 2016

On June 30th, an exchange took place during Question Period in the New Brunswick Legislature surrounding the province's approval of a private blood clinic opening in Moncton.Green Party leader and Fredericton South MLA David Coon asked Health Minister Victor Boudreau why he would support this type of facility that preys upon the most vulnerable in our society and undermines our public blood system operated by Canadian Blood Services.Minister Boudreau made several statements concerning the topic and at one point even...

Fighting to keep our blood supply safe

6 / 30 / 2016

Kat Lanteigne, the co-founder of BloodWatch.org, was recently in New Brunswick raising awareness of the dangers of for-profit, paid blood and plasma donations.The provincial government has pledged its support to Canadian Plasma Resources to open a clinic in Moncton which would pay donors $25 for their blood and plasma donations.There are several issues with the government's stance on this topic: 1. It contravenes the Krever Report. In the wake of the tainted blood scandal of the 1980s, which resulted in thousands...

NBU member elected mayor of Dalhousie

6 / 8 / 2016

For the past 18 years, Normand Pelletier had a lingering thought on his mind.After serving the town of Dalhousie as a councillor from 1995-98, he kept an eye on politics knowing one day he would throw his hat back in the ring.In a recent municipal election, Pelletier was elected mayor of Dalhousie defeating incumbent Clem Tremblay in a spirited race. His reason for returning to municipal politics was simple and straight forward."I personally think our municipality needed a new vision...

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