“I take a great deal of pride in our record of the past year. This annual report is just a snapshot of what we worked on and accomplished in 2019. I think, and hope you agree, it is an impressive record of the work of a relatively small group of skilled and dedicated staff.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The holiday season is a critical one for the local economy, so we wanted to do something to encourage people to support local businesses and the workers in their communities who create world-class goods and services.” ― Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“No one should be fooled by these minor and largely insignificant improvements.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
In the last 10 years, an estimated 260 million people have been forced to migrate due to climate-related impacts. Today, on International Migrants Day, Public Services International (PSI) demands an approach which combines the protection of their human rights and the defence of quality public services.
US Democratic candidates are debating the need for legislation that will defend, and expand, workers' rights. Isn't it time we saw Canadian politicians start to talk about implementing similar progressive policies? Make 2020 the year we demand lofty goals to improve the lives of all working people.
"It’s easy to stop trucks that are a simple and clean inspection to meet ministry quantitative targets. But easy inspections don’t take bad trucks and bad operators off the road.” ― Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“It’s shameful that Canada has relied on a patchwork of provincial legislation for so long with nothing in place at the federal level. NUPGE applauds the Prime Minister for finally moving forward on this issue to protect LGBTQI2S citizens.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“With this foundation, I expect to see the agency develop robust best practices to make the industry safer.” ― Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Addressing violence and harassment in the world of work is a crucial step in the fight against gender-based violence and inequality.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The long-term direction from this government to contract out the direct management of Manitoba Housing units to either non-profit agencies, or for-profit agencies will result in job cuts and cuts to services for tenants.” ― Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"In Canada, we have the privilege of being able to dissent without the devastating consequences Filipinos face everyday: intimidation, violence, and even death. We have the responsibility to draw attention to this situation and work in solidarity with our global allies to stop this abuse." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
No longer will unvaccinated employees or physicians face discipline for failing to wear masks at all times in patient care areas.
"What more evidence do we need to act?" — Public Services International
NUPGE reaffirms its commitment to be part of the movement for climate action, environmental justice, and environmental sustainability.
“On this day, not only do we remember the lives lost to gender-based violence (GBV) and those who continue to be affected,” said Larry Brown, NUPGE President, “but we also renew our commitment to take action to eliminate GBV and misogyny.”
"We stand in solidarity with Ontario teachers and education workers today and every day. They deserve to be shown respect at the bargaining table." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The struggle to achieve environmental sustainability must be inextricably linked to efforts to oppose inequality in all its forms.
"Unions must play a role in advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. The National Union will continue to call out barriers in the workplace and in society because accessibility is everyone's responsibility." ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
This group of backgrounders highlights some of the interconnected elements of environmental degradation and climate change, the effects of which we are already seeing in Canada and around the world.
“Once again this premier is announcing critical decisions that impact Albertans while he is out of the public limelight.” ― Mike Parker, HSAA President