May 2016 | National Union of Public and General Employees

May 2016

New laws to fight discrimination are a good start! More needs to be done

As the Canadian government introduces an amendment to the Human Rights Act to make it illegal to discriminate against anyone based on gender identity and expression, the National Union wants to remind everyone on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia that this is a struggle that we all need to be engaged in. NUPGE calls on Ottawa to ensure there is funding to build public clinics across the country. 

Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit to lose daytime services

“People can experience a crisis at any time, so crisis workers should be available to help at any time." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President

Regina (12 May 2016) — Members of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU/NUPGE) who work at the Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit regret that, due to funding cuts, as of June 1, they will no longer be able to provide services during daytime hours Monday to Friday.

National Union applauds bravery of citizens and emergency workers in Fort McMurray

“I am deeply concerned for the public employees who have put themselves at risk to assist in the fight. The National Union is immensely proud of the work that wildlands firefighters, first responders and emergency personnel — many of whom are our members — are doing to protect the citizens of Fort McMurray. We also cannot forget the many health professionals who will be on hand to assist those injured or harmed during the crisis.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

Unions leading the way tackling mental health issues in the workplace

When people face financial instability, inadequate housing, poor working conditions, low wages, food insecurity, lack of education (the social determinants of health), it is difficult to maintain positive mental health. By organizing and advocating for good jobs, quality public services, fair labour rights and tax fairness, the National Union has created pressure on governments to improve the health of all Canadians.

The Importance of Unions for the LGBT Community

They told me that "it just wasn't working out;" that "it would be best if we went our separate ways."  They claimed that my personal life had nothing to do with their decision to let me go.  

Oh, how I used to wish that my incompetence had been the reason for my employment termination. I would have known then that my actions had been the reason for my failure; something that I could have changed for my next job. However, the issue was not with my work capabilities, but rather with the fact that I am gay.   

Dreams, Part II


When is Michelle was twenty three, she was picking up the pieces

The life that she lived all of the sudden ceases

... Pray you never feel that pain

Husband walked, left the kids, she’s starting over again


But she gained, a new appreciation

Two years later, gown and cap pediatric graduation

She reset the fragments anew