“On behalf of these skilled hospital workers, we are able to bargain from a real position of power.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Twenty new members join NSGEU/NUPGE!
The British Columbia Labour Board rules IKEA commits unfair labour practices and orders damages to be paid.
A recent survey showed that 49.7% of 797 adolescents surveyed had at least one workplace injury in the previous year.
For every ten per cent increase in union membership, there would be a projected decline in income inequality between 2.5 and 3 percent.
“We believe that we will be able to develop a working partnership with the Cowessess First Nation band, and are eager to get on with the task of representing these members and negotiating a first collective agreement." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
As NUPGE President James Clancy puts it in his foreword, “unions promote fairness in the workplace and the economy, they strengthen democracy and they participate in broader social movements for social justice.”
This publication provides a summary of cases before the courts that challenge labour laws on the basis that they violate Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It provides summaries of some 27 Charter challenges and is divided into three sections: challenges heard by the Supreme Court of Canada and decisions are pending; current challenges before the Courts; and, challenges where a final decision has been rendered in the last two years, either by the Supreme Court of Canada, or a lower Court and the decision was not appealed.
This pamphlet provides a summary of a March 2012 International Labour Organization report reviewing the extent of Canada’s compliance to the ILO’s most fundamental Convention – No. 87, Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize. The report cites over 20 instances where governments across Canada have refused to change labour laws the ILO has ruled in the past to be not in compliance with Convention No. 87.
This statement was issued by NUPGE's National Executive Board in March 2011 condemning the Governor of Wisconsin for his attack on public services and the law he introduced that stripped 175,000 public employees of their collective bargaining rights. It makes the connection on how the attack on labour rights weakens democracy, destroys good jobs, produces greater income inequality and threatens the economic and social well-being of ordinary citizens.
This primer counters all the myths surrounding 'Right to Work'' laws. Contrary to what the name suggests, 'Right to Work' laws have nothing to do with the right to paid employment. Instead, what they really do is make it easier for corporations to drive down wages for all workers. That’s why those who’ve seen what they do call them “Right to Work for Less” laws.
This is a pamphlet summarizing NUPGE's research paper and counters the corporate myths behind 'right to work' legislation. It concludes the 'right to work laws only create more income inequality, not more jobs.
This paper provides an historical overview the scope of protection of workers' rights provided by Canadian courts in their interpretation of section 2(d) – freedom of association of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“What we're hoping to accomplish with this publication is to promote greater coordination amongst unions to ensure that we present strong and coordinated arguments before the Courts.” — CFLR Board member James Clancy.
For many people and for many reasons: unions matter.
NUPGE publishes a quarterly journal dedicated to the myriad ways in which unions matter and it’s unlike anything else you've seen. Quips, quotes and even the occasional quatrain from people like Matt Damon, Ken Dryden, the Pope, Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and, of course, Homer Simpson.