January 2014 | National Union of Public and General Employees

January 2014

Join the Intercontinental Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, NAFTA and Corporate Globalization

" Rights of corporations take precedence over rights of democratically elected government and its citizens. Only by speaking out against these deals, will we expose their true nature and harm to our future." — Larry Brown, NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer.

Canada should adopt Martin Luther King Jr. Day, not “right to work” laws

“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress,” said King in a speech in 1965. “Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life.

President's Commentary: We stand on a precipice. We must speak up, and loudly, about why unions matter

If there’s ever been a time for us to speak up loudly about why unions matter — and to actively support politicians who do the same — it is now. If we don’t, we will doom our children, grandchildren and perhaps even our great grandchildren to more poverty, discrimination, and authoritarianism.