February 2016 | National Union of Public and General Employees

February 2016

Ahead of Trudeau's Budget, a Glimpse of Seniors' Poorer Future

Author of new report forecasts two worrying retirement trends.

By Richard Shillington, Yesterday, iPolitics

As the new Liberal government prepares to table its first budget, the twin challenges of ensuring adequate retirement security and reducing seniors' poverty are coming into sharper focus.

A report published Tuesday by the Broadbent Institute provides new data on seniors' income and retirement savings. It paints a stark picture of worsening poverty and inadequate savings trends, and offers a clear baseline of evidence for government action.

Racism in Canada and the Importance of Unions

Canada  was built on the back of colonialism, genocide, and slavery. When discussing racism in the workplace, our history of discrimination and dehumanization of people of colour can not be ignored. Racism in Canada is not openly discussed. It is subtle, but is undeniably having a huge impact on African and Caribbean Canadians. Past Censuses have shown that Black Canadians are more likely to be unemployed, as well as having lower employment incomes than the Canadian average.

The Union Folk

We are we are we are we are the union folk
We can we can we can capitalism choke
Pick up pick up pick up pick up your will and guts
For we don’t give a damn for any old man who won’t give a damn for us

BCGEU signs First Nations Solidarity Accord opposing pipelines and tankers

First Nations and union alliance emerges in wake of Supreme Court ruling requiring B.C. government to make a decision on Northern Gateway pipeline and to consult with First Nations. 

Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories(09 Feb. 2016) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) signed a Solidarity Accord on February 4, affirming its support of the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law signed by representatives of over 100 First Nations banning tar sands transport through their territories.