November 2015 | National Union of Public and General Employees

November 2015

Greek pensioners take to streets ahead of expected cuts, budget vote

By Derek Gatopoulos, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ATHENS, Greece _ More than 2,000 pensioners chanting "We can't live on 300 euros" marched through central Athens Thursday to protest plans by the country's left-wing government to overhaul the pension system.

Protests took place in Athens and 12 other Greek towns and cities Thursday against the proposed reforms that would merge major funds and make the system less reliant on direct state funding.

OPSEU to hold town hall meeting in St. Catharines to discuss quality of home care

"The Auditor General’s research shows that only 61 per cent of the government funding actually goes to face-to-face treatment of patients.  The public needs to know these facts.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

Toronto (23 Nov. 2015) — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), and OPSEU Local 294 are inviting citizens of the Niagara region to a town hall meeting on November 24 in St. Catharines to discuss the plummeting quality of home care in Ontario.

Trudeau recommits to repealing anti-union bills C-377 and C-525

"With Prime Minister Trudeau, we seem to have an opportunity to put the concerns of working Canadians back on the agenda. It’s up to us to seize that opportunity and ensure our concerns stay on the agenda." — NUPGE National President James Clancy

OTTAWA (10 Nov. 2015) – The National Union is congratulating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for recommitting this morning to repeal two recent anti-labour laws, and also for taking an important symbolic step towards rebuilding trust between the federal government and the country’s workers.

My Childhood View

Living in a mining town with strong unions

Living in a non-unionized family

Living the long hours, low pay, worried parents

Living in the part of town without plumbing

Living with inexpensive eye glasses and  only emergency trips to the dentist

Living alongside those with fair wages, benefits, safe working conditions and pensions to look forward to

Eye opening lesson for a child

Unions matter

Why Unions Matter

I must be honest: most young people don’t understand the role of unions in our society. I was one of them. Then things changed in our household when my father lost his job. I’ll never forget that year. I was only 6 years old, but old enough to understand that my parents were going through an ordeal that made them cry, angry and very hurt. 

Whenever my father would start to cry, I would run to my mother. “Daddy is crying again. Why is Daddy crying?”