August 2017 | National Union of Public and General Employees

August 2017

Labour Day gives us time to reflect on gains, and on-going challenges

"In hostile environments like these, it's easy to be frustrated and cynical. But we know that when we work together, no challenge is too big. On this Labour Day, as we take time to recover from our struggles and celebrate our gains, we look ahead to see what more can be done to improve our lives, the lives of our neighbours and our entire community." — Larry Brown, President, NUPGE

McNeil drops hammer on NSGEU members

"This is not the end. This is a new beginning and provides us clarity for what we must do. Your work is valuable and deserving of a wage that is fair and representative of your colleagues across the country. Benefits that you have earned over the years should not be legislated away with the swipe of pen from a hand sitting in the Premier’s Office." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President.

Why unions matter to decent wages

Why Unions matter to Decent Wages

By Sarah Chernik


Unions fought for the minimum wage,

Giving all negotiations a legal starting stage,

Instead of employers asking employees to work for pittances, or for free,

Taking advantage of the desire for employment in you, or in me.


Not everyone knows how, or is good at, negotiation,

And that lack of expertise, or ability, can sabotage compensation.

Unions provide training to stewards, bargaining committees or assign professional staff,

HSAA calls for improved safety for farm workers

"HSAA members are called upon to deal with the results of accidents on farms. As Albertans and as health-care professionals, we have a stake in seeing the rate of accidents, injuries and fatalities reduced. Taking these reasonable measures to prevent worker fatigue, to improve safety education and to improve equipment safety will save lives and prevent injuries." — Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice-President

Ontario College faculty call for strike vote as management refuses to deal with core issues

“College faculty are committed to providing high-quality education for the hundreds of thousands of students who rely on Ontario colleges to prepare them for the rest of their lives. It’s time for management to listen to their expertise on how best to do that.” — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas

Colombia: trade unionists murdered as peace process at risk

“The promise of the peace process in Colombia is under severe threat. Mining companies are moving into indigenous areas and paramilitaries are re-grouping to move into areas which the FARC left under the terms of the peace agreement. The situation is deeply alarming, and the government needs to move quickly to implement the Havana agreements and not allow violence and plunder of natural resources to turn the country back into chaos.” — Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary