'"Our involvement at the international level is an important part of our labour leadership and activism." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"Social workers in the BCGEU/NUPGE, who have long advocated for similar changes, stand behind the Representative's positions on these vital issues." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"We look forward to working with our new members and the city of Charlottetown to foster a safe, productive and just workplace culture.” — Karen Jackson, PEIUPSE President
This group of LifeLabs professionals is the first in Ontario to be unionized.
“This is a positive development and one that we hope will lead to a resolution that will be acceptable to our locked out members.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Right now, we’re losing millions upon millions of dollars to privatization,” she said. “If we invested that money instead in our health care, our schools, and our social services, imagine the kind of community we could have.” — Sara Labelle, OPSEU Region 3 Vice-President
“When two-tier health care has been permitted, the choice is expensive treatment in private for-profit clinics that most Canadians can’t afford or longer waiting times in the public system.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining with communities and organizations across Ontario in recognizing the valuable contributions made by child care workers and early childhood educators (ECEs) in building strong and supported children, families and communities.
"From the very beginning, our partnership has been united against this unfair, unconstitutional bill — a bill that undermines the collective bargaining rights of thousands of working Manitobans.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“The NSGEU/NUPGE believes in a publicly funded and operated health care system that keeps our blood supply safe and available to patients who need it.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"My heart and thoughts are with Kellie's friends, family, and his colleagues at VIRCC, and the broader B.C. corrections and sheriffs community during this difficult time." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
According to Jerry Earle, NAPE President, the tentative agreement includes increases in wages as well as improvements in contract language.
“The committee felt strongly about supporting those that have served in the past. They have served us and they deserve our support now.” — Evan Stratichuk, Young Workers Committee Chair and HSAA/NUPGE board member
"Our members do a tremendous job and we wanted to recognize their contribution to one of our country's most iconic companies." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU/NUPGE President.
"We are hopeful that the employer will take the steps necessary to reach a deal that is acceptable to our members so they can continue to provide top quality services to the people of Paradise.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE/NUPGE President
“The funding that has been allocated so far has not gone to acute care adult mental health programs. We’ve got higher acuity on wards than ever, and that is creating violent situations. In our workplaces, there is a violent act each and every day." Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division
Join OPSEU's Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel in recognizing October 19 as Spirit Day!
MGEU/NUPGE members have new agreement with improvements from the interest arbitration decision awarded in July.
These stories from frontline professionals can help convince the new government that the price of continued inaction is simply too high.
New national report outlines the huge cost of the failed Health Accord.
“When it is acceptable for 2 families to have as much wealth as the poorest 11 million Canadians, poverty will be at an unacceptable level.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The large gap between the business tax rates and those for individuals is already the main driver of the tax avoidance the government is trying to address.” — Dennis Howlett, Executive Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness
“Unfortunately, Council refused to agree on even the no-cost items, such as longer contracts for contract faculty and academic freedom” — JP Hornick, Chair, union bargaining team
“When an organization with the IMF’s track record is calling for measures to reduce income inequality, you know income inequality has reached a level where it is harming the economy” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“When stores catering to middle class Canadians are disappearing rapidly, it’s a sign the middle class is being squeezed” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“After what Canadians went through with the tainted blood scandal, it is appalling that the federal government is again allowing paid blood donations” — Larry Brown, President of NUPGE
"Tuesday was another frustrating day of bargaining, during which our employer once again refused to consider key faculty issues. They have walked away from the table" — JP Hornick, union bargaining team chair
"These staff, who provide care to our community’s most vulnerable individuals — some of whom are in mental health crises — are now facing their own mental health crises, and they’ve chosen to break the silence.” — Carol Warner, OPSEU staff representative
"The government needs to move quickly to support Child Protection workers. We have a good response on paper, but vulnerable kids need to see immediate action. Those on the front lines are doing incredible work, but they are telling us that they need help and change is not happening fast enough." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“We must all work together to create healthier workplaces and ensuring mental health issues are part of our focus is critical. We are pleased that today’s World Mental Health Day is shining a light on workplace mental health. ” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"They have been hired by governments across Canada, and their reports have been used to sell a number of privatization schemes. Manitobans need to know this is the firm that the PC government worked with in the ‘90s when they tried to privatize home care in Manitoba, and they helped privatize Hydro One in Ontario." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
PEIUPSE/NUPGE retired members are encouraged to attend.
“Governments have recognized that decent work is essential to reducing inequality, but most have been slow to take the action needed to promote it. The growth of decent work requires action by the labour movement.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“When these folks came to us, they were specifically looking for improved health and safety supports and a stronger voice in general with their employer." — Michelle Gawronsky MGEU President
“What’s clear from the CCPA report is that it’s people with high incomes who benefit the most from the private corporation loophole.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"Seeing today's amendment shows the impact our members can have when we unite together and make sure our voices are heard." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
The new team has trained up more than 30 new member engagers, and over the next few months they'll be reaching out to colleagues on the phone, in the worksite and at events.
"To protect and promote the health and well-being of Canadian communities, a publicly owned system is the optimal solution according to public health literature." — NSGEU report on cannabis distribution in Canada
“As more and more hospitals in the province face the prospect of mergers, it makes sense that hospital professionals just look to OPSEU/NUPGE which can point to decades of experience representing healthcare providers." — Lucy Morton, OPSEU Regional Vice-President Region 2
The BCGEU/NUPGE was invited to attend a roundtable discussion as part of the federal government's commitment to addressing gender-based violence.
“It is hypocritical of the colleges, who promise students a good job and a bright future, to turn around and force thousands of contract staff into jobs with low pay, no benefits, and no job security of any kind.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The Merchants Hotel, also known as “the Merch,” is now being redeveloped into an innovative educational, housing, and retail complex called Merchants Corner.
“Tax breaks for the wealthy and large corporations are expensive, and the way we pay for them is underfunding of essential public services.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President