“This truly is a sad day for Canadian democracy. It speaks volumes to the disrespect this government has for democracy and the rule of law when Prime Minister Harper personally direct these undemocratic tactics to ensure that Bill C-377 passes the Senate in order to appeal to the Conservatives’ right-wing base.” — James Clancy, NUPGE President
"We know we can do better. We don't need to settle. Not for our future, or our children's futures. It's time for a change." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
The government needs to hold to account the people responsible for violating the B.C. Public Service Agency’s own investigation protocols and best practices.
Home care workers' contracts expired in 2014, now headed to conciliation.
“Our LifeLabs members will now have an even stronger voice and greater leverage at the bargaining table." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Visit the Facebook page to connect with other NAPE/NUPGE home care workers.
“The public is being robbed of the medical care it deserves. Private sector administrators are skimming profits when 100 per cent of scarce health care dollars should go towards care and treatment." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
MGEU/NUPGE members have negotiated improvements to the collective agreement at the bargaining table.
That lack of transparency and accountability that comes with privatization means problems with sleaze are inevitable.
"A lot of hard work went into these negotiations. We're proud of everyone who took part. Now we will present the deal to the members and hear their opinions." — NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle
Fredericton (24 June 2015) — Members of the New Brunswick Union (NBU/NUPGE) in the clerical and regulatory bargaining unit have reached a tentative agreement.
Join the rally to tell Stephen McNeil what you think about his government's cuts to public services and its trampling on human rights.
“This work should be done in-house,” Thomas said. “Compared to these private companies, we really can do it better and cheaper in the public sector.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
More and more the evidence points to the fact that selling off Hydro One will be a huge boost to the banks and big corporations.
The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU/NUPGE) celebrated National Aboriginal Day by marking its service to the province’s Aboriginal community with the addition of two major entities in its membership fold.
After a long and difficult round of negotiations, a tentative agreement has been reached with Canadian Blood Services that contains wage increases and improved contract language.
NBU/NUPGE demands evidence that savings will be realized or services improved by amalgamating Service New Brunswick, the NB Internal Services Agency, the Department of Government Services, and FacilicorpNB.
“It’s critical that we show our solidarity with Aboriginal people though action and justice. This is the only way our nation will be able to truly move beyond shame to reconciliation.” — James Clancy, National President
New report finds that Canada Border Services Agency’s imprisonment of migrants with mental health issues is arbitrary, cruel, discriminatory and violates rights.
Harper should declare that the federal government, and all its institutions, has zero tolerance for sexist or abusive behaviour. Full stop.
June 18, 2015, is Developmental Services: Worker Appreciation Day in Ontario.
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) planning to contract out the work of Custodial staff and eliminate the Administrative Assistant and Clerk positions.
"In spite of months of public complaints about the risks to Long Term Care residents from severe understaffing, and a critical report from the Provincial Ombudsman, which called on health regions to do more, it appears that the health regions are ignoring these public concerns and recommendations.” — Karen Wasylenko, President HSAS
National coalition provides case studies of how federal Conservative government has implemented a deliberate strategy of repressing alternative voices and undermining democratic institutions.
New report from Parkland Institute sees ban on corporate, union donations to parties only a start. Says that comprehensive reform is needed to take money out of Alberta politics.
New report finds that Saskatchewan's private highway contracts make the province vulnerable to paying for poor and expensive work.
School teacher inspired to enter Why Unions Matter contest by the role unions played in the Japanese redress moment
"Most Canadians have no idea that this deal is being negotiated in secret under the guidance of multinational corporations with no input from labour leaders, environmental experts or even MPs." —Martin O'Hanlon, TJN spokesperson
"People are speaking out against the complete unfairness they see when corporations are squirreling away profits rather than following through on their responsibility to pay their taxes," said James Clancy, National President, NUPGE.
"While legislation of this type is a responsibility of the provincial governments, I believe that this is an area where your office could provide much needed leadership." — James Clancy, National President, NUPGE
Ottawa (16 June 2015) — The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on the federal Minister of Labour, Dr. Kellie Leitch, to use her position to encourage provinces to enact pay-before-you-pump legislation.
A tribute to Artist Bob Kell, 1944-2015
As Canada once again celebrates National Public Service Week, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) urges Canadians to reflect on how public services provide all of us with a shot at the good life.
2015 New Labour Trilogy provides analysis and interpretation of the three January 2015 Supreme Court of Canada decisions on labour rights, as well as insights on how they may be applied in current and future Charter litigation involving labour rights.
“Our hospitals cannot withstand further cuts and what has been cut already should be restored. The Liberal government should bring equality back to health care.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
You can help choose who will win this year's Scammie for the worst privatization deal!
MGEU members at LGA have "reached the limit of what they’re willing to accept and knew they had only one choice moving forward: give their bargaining committee a strong strike mandate." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is hosting rallies across the country tell Canadians the consequences of the federal government’s cuts to refugee health care.
In Canada, there is at least $199 billion officially reported corporate funds in the top ten tax havens — part of the $38 trillion diverted internationally.
“Canada Post needs to listen to the community." — CUPW National President Mike Palecek.
Changes would make coverage accessible to all workers under the Workers Compensation Act.
Show your support for educational workers in Nova Scotia by joining the rally on June 10!
European citizens support Stop TTIP call for the European Parliament to reject Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions when voting on upcoming resolution.
Three young Canadians are the latest winners of NUPGE’s $1,000 Why Unions Matter contest.
Union: an organized association of workers formed to protect and further their rights and interest. The union movement is out to protect today's workers, tomorrow’s workers and workers for generations after that. They are here to create a sense of security for Canadian citizens. As a Canadian citizen and a future worker myself, I believe that our future is very valuable.
“Again, our message is simple. A fair and reasonable wage increase is not too much to ask.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
CLGS management is trying to short change developmental services workers insisting that previously bargained wages and pay equity payments would be deducted from these new provincial funds.
“We want women to know that they are not alone, that help is available 24-hours a day,” said Lise Martin, Executive Director of the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses.
"Like all negotiations, there was give and take. We will present these deals to the members and look forward to hearing their opinions." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
Hamilton postal workers were informed on June 2 by Canada Post managers that no new date for the end of door-to-door delivery would be scheduled at this time.
NUPGE Statement on the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Thanks to a long line of reports and commissions, culminating this week with a landmark report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we know the truth about Canada's residential schools for Indigenous children and families.
Now, finally, it is time for the reconciliation to begin.
Oh, how thankful we are for the unions …
Where we as children of union workers have stability because the union protects mom and dad’s jobs
Where we as children of union workers have food on our table because of fair wages
Where we as children of union workers have our mom and dad home to tuck us in at night because they don’t work long hours anymore
Where we as children of union workers are able to spend time as a family because of earned time off
There once was a man
Who worked 10 hours a day
He worked at restaurants and hotels
For him - it was the only way
For him he knew nothing
Of vacations or breaks
He worked his neck off
Because he knew the stakes
He had to do this everyday
To make the ends meet
To feed his whole family
And keep them off the streets
Two daughters and a son
His most precious treasures
They needed food, clothes, and shelter
For them he gave up his pleasures
Unions stand for dignity …
all work has dignity
all work deserves
and so too
those who labour.
Since the 1880s
unions campaigned -
in the work force
"The result proved conclusively that when it comes to the long-term interests of workers and their families, the decision to move to OPSEU/NUPGE is an obvious one based on proven results." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"The importance of the Canadian middle class cannot be overstated. It's what drives the economy and our country is at its best when it's strongest." — The New Brunswick Union
Nova Scotia government celebrates National Tourism Week with job cuts, closing Visitor Centres and privatizing services.
For every home visit and/or clinical visit, the private owner of CarePartners, Linda Knight, profits at the expense of the workers who are not fully paid for time spent in each home visit.
"This resource will provide women who are leaving violent relationships with quick access to the services they need to leave safely." — Brenda Hildahl, Chair of NUPGE's Advisory Committee on Women's Issues
Community Social Services workers are rarely in the public eye — although the problems they help solve are often in the news. BCGEU/NUPGE is taking steps to put a face on this important work in our communities.