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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...

The New Brunswick Union's response to the budget

3 / 31 / 2015

The provincial government's budget contained a mix of encouraging updates and potential issues in the view of the New Brunswick Union.Finance Minister Roger Melanson spoke about government's need to increase revenues in order to restore balance to province's financial situation. The NBU encourages government to focus on this path as its the union's view that revenue generation should be the top priority before any further cuts to programs and services are considered.In that respect, the NBU applauds the creation of...

Helping in Haiti

3 / 24 / 2015

Just before departing for the airport, Kevin McCaig looked inside a shipping container.What he saw was students attending their first day of classes at the Sgt. Mark Gallagher Memorial Vocational School in Riviere Froide, Haiti."A lot of people in Haiti don't get the chance for an education, some don't get past kindergarten," McCaig said. "So to see them in the class getting this tremendous opportunity, this life-changing opportunity was amazing."The look inside the container was the culmination of years of...

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