Delegates to NUPGE's 2016 Convention overwhelmingly adopted a campaign to defend and improve community services for all Canadians.
At NUPGE's 2016 Convention author Paul Mason told delegates that “Neoliberalism’s 35-year cycle is coming to an end, but we might also be at the end of a much longer cycle,” he said. “This new cycle might be as revolutionary as the rise of the printing press.”
“This entire situation is a glimpse into one of the major pitfalls of privatization of public services — a lack of transparency and accountability." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Beginning almost 15 years ago, these union members embarked on a campaign for compensation because they were sick. Today, they are responsible for setting an important precedent for all workers." — Val Avery, HSABC President
“All of you are doing work that is so important to your members and to everybody in Canada,” said Brown after his acclamation. “To be able to say that I represent you takes my breath away.”
“The labour movement has stood tall on this issue, fighting for the dignified retirements of all Canadians. The agreement announced yesterday is a good start, but this campaign is far from over,” says NUPGE National President James Clancy.
All those attending the NUPGE Convention should fill out their personal information form on the Convention website at http://2016.nupge.ca .
"Values like sharing, caring, love, respect, and taking responsibility for our lives and how we want to be treated. These are the values that define us. They are what breathe meaning into the word solidarity. They are what give motion to our movement." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“To every part-time support staff worker in every college, I say, ‘It’s taken half a century to make this vote happen. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.’” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Unions Matter contest winner understands that just as unions can help indigenous members, indigenous members can help their unions.
"All around them, they saw evidence of the privatization of diagnostic services. With all the uncertainties in health funding, they needed and wanted a union that was a strong and proven advocate for excellent health care services." — Sara Labelle, Chair of OPSEU's Hospital Professionals Division
“On behalf of our committee, I am very pleased to present you with this award and thank you for all of your efforts and money raised." — James Couvier, MGEU member and Chair of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
“Our members at Browning Harvey create top quality products that are manufactured right here in Newfoundland and Labrador and enjoyed by thousands across the province." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Halifax (09 June 2016) — For the past 18 years, Normand Pelletier had a lingering thought on his mind.
"They stood up to the government and said, ‘This is our public asset. We own it! It’s not yours to remove, sell or privatize.’” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President