Why Unions Matter

Winner name: 

Samantha Budgell

Award date: 

April, 2015

Contest: 

Union: an organized association of workers formed to protect and further their rights and interest. The union movement is out to protect today's workers, tomorrow’s workers and workers for generations after that. They are here to create a sense of security for Canadian citizens. As a Canadian citizen and a future worker myself, I believe that our future is very valuable.

Unions believe that no one should be stripped of the chance to reach their full potential because of the increasingly unaffordable cost of post-secondary education. We Canadians are so thankful to have an association of workers looking out for our future doctors, teachers, mechanics, engineers or whatever trade or degree someone may choose.

Not only are unions strong advocates for improving working conditions and schooling for workers, they are a major supporter of the human rights and social justice in Canada and worldwide. As president of our school’s Social Justice Club, I have a sense of how unions build social values our people hold dear. Across my school, I campaign about anti-bullying, gender equality and so much more to try and get as many students as possible aware of what is going on in today's society. In today's world, diversity is what makes us stronger, gender equality is growing and more people are coming together as one with the help of the union promoting such things. As former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “In these days of difficulty, we everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice … the path of faith, the path of hope and the path of love.” Working together as one will help protect and further the rights and interests of people in our society.

The union is trying to convey the message of a greater sense of fairness, respect, and dignity throughout the workforce amongst all genders and races. They are about building a healthier tomorrow for our future workers. Citizens are proud to call Canada home because of what people have been doing to make this country as outstanding as they can. They are trying to show people that we are an accepting country and loving as well. The union movement has helped build not only a better country but a stronger world by supporting everything from World Water Day, Pink Shirt Day, and World Day of Social Justice, to the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and International Women’s Day.

Everyone knows that water is a necessity in life. Even in Canada, the unions and other citizens face major issues including countless communities not having access to clean water to water that is being privatized, to cities that have warnings about unsafe water. Unions are passionate about these issues and believe that everyone needs to realize just how important this problem is and that we have to act with great force. This act is proving to Canadians that they are loved and will forever be protected.

Another major emotional, physical, and mental problem everywhere is bullying. The unions are trying to make society welcoming and respectful to everyone who was affected, or is still being affected by bullying. They hope to provide a better tomorrow for our future generations so they don't need to face this kind of hurtfulness.

The social justice funds that unions operate have become a significant part of what they stand for. Along with promoting social justice worldwide, these funds support causes such as anti-poverty initiatives in Canada and worker exchanges in Canada and around the world. Citizens of Canada can be proud.

Canada was one of the first countries to support the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Still, there is work to be done. We are still shining the light on race and ethnic backgrounds in a negative way. Canada has great diversity and unions are committed to ensuring that every individual is treated with respect and dignity.

Discrimination against women is also still here today. Women have worked very hard to get where we are today. We have fought for the right to vote and the right to work. Unions are providing a push of hope for all women in Canada by taking action for women to have more equality. With the help of the union, Canadian women feel grateful and appreciative because of this movement.

Unions’ wide variety of programs help them stand out as an organization that is caring, supportive, and loyal. Canadians hold dear to the fact that people in our provinces are looking out for every single individual, whether it’s over money issues or discrimination. Unions are making this country a more valuable place and that’s why unions matter.