July 2012 | National Union of Public and General Employees

July 2012

Pension changes fuel protest outside McGuinty office

Finance minister has proposed major changes to Ontario's public sector pension plans.

Ottawa (31 July 2012) – Several dozen public sector workers, social activists and local labour leaders demonstrated outside of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Ottawa constituency office last week in opposition to proposed changes that could take away control workers have over their own retirement funds.

NWAC applauds Assembly of First Nations' Chiefs resolution to address missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada

“The resolution and the numerous discussions on the issue that took place during the Assembly of Chiefs is a clear indication that the safety and security of Indigenous women and girls is of paramount importance to the First Nations’ leadership,” said Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, NWAC President.

Potential U.S.-style labour law changes could lead to instability in Saskatchewan workplaces

“Many of the changes suggested for consideration by the consultation paper are either directly antagonistic towards unions and workers’ rights and freedoms, or reflect a lack of knowledge about the democratic character of unions as organizations." Paul Champ, human rights lawyer and CFLR board member. Download CFLR report here.

Cuts to the workplace equity program means more inequality for Canadians

Employment inequality likely to increase due to reduced monitoring resources of government department.

Ottawa (20 July 2012) - According to the six public sector unions operating under the umbrella of the Professionals Serving Canadians, the federal government's Workplace Equity Program will be facing increased difficulty due to diminished resources. 

NAPE ad campaign highlights cuts to health care

"The people of the province expect and deserve a health care system they can they have confidence in and depend on when needed." - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.

St. John's (19 July 2012) - The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) launched a new awareness campaign calling attention to the 550 equivalent health care positions that are being cut by the Eastern Health Authority.