July 2017 | National Union of Public and General Employees

July 2017

Why Unions Matter

Why Unions Matter

by Gabrielle Broderick

Unions matter for so many reasons. First and foremost, unions stand up for the working person's rights between workers and employers. Unions fight for fair, competitive wages for all employees across the board. Pensions are a very important issue for unions, because they have to look out for all past employees for all the previous service they put in, to keep the unions alive and strong. 

Why Unions Matter

Why Unions Matter

by Dominic Cloutier


Wonder how we've come this far?

Raising standards, and the bar

From mopping floors to making batter

look no further:

unions matter


Where one voice speaks but no one listens

sweat above the tired brow glistens

while fat cats waddle sleepily

we must speak up:



NO! we'll say, we won't work longer,

stuck together we are stronger


give us less than we deserve ?

we'll picket until our demands are heard

Demands for Pharmacare and long-term care strategy brought to Council of the Federation meeting

"Let's continue the chat, continue the call for the PM, for the federal health minister, for these premiers and provincial health ministers to all pull together. Let's get pharmacare happening, let's get long-term care happening, let's make sure our communities are sound."  — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

U.S. tables NAFTA negotiating position: time for Canada to respond

“Regarding the labour provisions, it’s a step in the right direction to see that the U.S. government is promoting core ILO standards such as the right to collective bargaining. And the proposal that labour and environmental standards should be enforceable is also a positive development. But the other language makes the burden of proof too high, and the scope too limited.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Newfoundland government payments to McInnes Cooper exceeds $266K for public sector negotiations

“The people of the province deserve to know what this government is spending to outsource and duplicate efforts on the negotiations front. Our members deserve to know what their employer is paying to have a law firm take them on at the bargaining table.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President