10th Anniversary of Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

18 Sep 2014

These corporate driven trade deals are dangerous for public services, and protect multinational companies from government control. When the public learns what they are really about, they will not accept them." — Larry Brown, NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer

18 Sep 2014

"Thank you for honouring some of the issues we all care so much about with your time and with your words." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

18 Sep 2014

Paid leave, wage increases, replacement clothing allowance are all improvements negotiated during this round of collective bargaining.

17 Sep 2014

New report finds that poor and marginalized groups do not get necessary dental care due to cost. 

16 Sep 2014

After five years without a wage increase, BCGEU/NUPGE members of the Native Court Workers and Counselling Association of B.C. are demanding parity. 

16 Sep 2014

“Ontario wants to transfer more responsibility to this sector, but the private for-profit operators have shown little interest in providing a stable workforce to keep patients out of hospital,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.

15 Sep 2014

"Creating tax fairness, good jobs, quality public services and strong labour rights in our country will create new opportunities for people.

15 Sep 2014

“This employer needs to understand unequivocally that we’ll take job action if they’re not serious about negotiating a decent and just contract. The fact that many of their workers have gone more than a decade without a wage increase is scandalous.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.

12 Sep 2014

We can't tackle the problem of growing income inequality if we are systematically tieing the hands of students, forcing them into a life of debt and poverty. What kind of national strategy is that?" — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

12 Sep 2014

The agreement to allow full searches of the institution is a step forward but underlying problems of over-crowding, low staffing, inadequate training and lack of security equipment remain.

11 Sep 2014

The ILO, OECD and World Bank's joint report to G20 Labour Ministers stresses that “income inequality cannot be ignored by the G20 if stronger, sustainable and balanced growth is the objective.” 

10 Sep 2014

In 2012, nearly 800,000 Canadians reported that their home health care needs were either unmet or only partially met.

10 Sep 2014

“It appears that home support staff earning as little as $12.88 per hour in Canada are being asked to pay the price for Extendicare’s business decisions in the U.S.,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.

10 Sep 2014

Across the country, people are joining the online day of action to Stop the Internet Slowdown to defend Net Neutrality . Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic be treated equally, regardless of origin, destination, or application type).

09 Sep 2014

The Fairness Express bus kicks off on September 15 and continues until October 11. Check out the schedule to see when it comes to your community or follow along online

October 27th will mark the 10th annual Day of Appreciation for Child Care Workers and Early Childhood Educators in Ontario.

Ottawa (27 Oct. 2010) – The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining with communities across Ontario in recognizing the valuable contributions made by child care workers and early childhood educators to the development of children, families and communities.

The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) has developed a package of materials for use in marking October 27th as the 2010 Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day.

Show your appreciation

The OCBCC has developed an electronically editable Certificate of Appreciation. The certificate states: “In recognition of all child care workers who provide quality care to children and families and allow parents the opportunity to improve their quality of life and contribute to Canadian Society. Your daily efforts in the delivery of quality care is appreciated by families and communities province wide.”

NUPGE is encouraging people to print out a certificate and present it to a child care worker or early childhood educator as a way of saying thank you for all they do and the difference they make in children’s lives.

“At the same time as we acknowledge the valuable contributions of these dedicated workers, I also encourage all Canadians to join with the National Union in continuing to lobby both provincially and federally for a national, universal early learning and child care program,” says James Clancy, NUPGE national president.

“A national early learning and child care program is the best way to ensure our children have every opportunity to develop physically, emotionally and linguistically. It also would ensure that the dedicated workers in this field have decent working conditions and proper wages and benefits.”


The OCBCC advocates for universally accessible, high quality, not-for-profit, regulated child care in Ontario. It is a non-partisan public awareness and advocacy group with broad membership including the education, labour, student and women’s and francophone communities.

The National Union and its Component, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), have proudly contributed to the OCBCC’s efforts to establish a day of appreciation for child care workers and early childhood educators for several years.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada’s largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good.

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