"April 28 is the National Day of Mourning and is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness due to work. As the pandemic restrictions are being removed it is critical that we ensure that all workers are properly protected, and that health and safety is placed as the highest priority. NUPGE remembers those who have been harmed and continues to call for improved workplace safety and protection." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"Under the cover of emergency preparedness and worker retention, this government is setting a dangerous precedent by sidelining both the union and the collective agreement, which are there to protect workers." — JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
“Through their solidarity and thanks to incredible support from library users and the labour movement, BCGEU/NUPGE members working for VIRL demanded better — and they got it.” — Joanna Lord, BCGEU Vice-President
"We can't be more impressed with the campaign you led and the inspiration you gave to others across the country. Thank you for showing all of us what dedication and solidarity really look like." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“In the midst of a climate emergency, we must move beyond awareness-raising to action.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“If even modest tax fairness measures can generate $16.1 billion in 5 years, you have to wonder what could be done if the federal government took tax fairness more seriously.” — Bert Blundon, Secretary-Treasurer of NUPGE
" We call on your government to reject the leaked text prepared by the WTO Secretariat and to continue to seek a meaningful waiver to save lives and control the pandemic all over the world." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
New leadership wins with campaigns focused on change, renewal and inclusion.
The survey findings also underscore the need for Canada to ratify and implement the ILO Convention on violence and harassment in the world of work (No. 190).
“Just like David, Travis, and their classmates, we have the power to stand up and say homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and any kind of hatred based on people’s identities, orientations, and gender expression is not acceptable in Canada.” — Bert Blundon, Secretary-Treasurer
"Governments and employers have no excuse not to ensure equal pay for equal work. NUPGE and its Components continue to fight for equal pay for equal work — not only for our members but for all workers." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"Completely absent from this budget is information on how the government will ensure that this Canada-wide system attracts and retains qualified early childhood educators (ECE) and other child care workers, who are the backbone of quality child care. Efforts to expand the child care system must involve strategies to expand the workforce, improve compensation and working conditions, and ensure decent work in the sector." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
A properly funded Just Transition is essential to allowing us to effectively respond to the climate emergency and ensure no one is left behind.
Given how much is needed if we are to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to climate change, the budget fell short.
Ottawa (07 April 2022) — A new report from Canadians for Tax Fairness, The Rise of Corporate Profits in the Time of COVID, shows that the profit margins for Canadian corporations rose to record levels in 2021. This is contributing to inflation and income inequality.