February 2021

"Our plan shows how a range of progressive tax measures can fund programs that will help Canadians and the economy recover" — Toby Sanger, economist and director of Canadians for Tax Fairness

(2021-02-25)Read more

NUPGE says defeat of Bill C-213, the Canada Pharmacare Act, must not be the end for pharmacare. Federal legislation to enact universal public pharmacare is needed now! 

(2021-02-25)Read more

The Canada Pharmacare Act, Bill C-213, represents a critical step forward towards full universal public pharmacare. The National  Union is urging all members of parliament to vote for this private members' bill.

(2021-02-24)Read more

Migrant and undocumented people are at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, but at the same time, many migrants in Canada don’t have a health card or coverage.

(2021-02-24)Read more

"And since this is clearly a ploy to open the door to all convenience stores selling alcohol, it will rob the province of alcohol revenues it needs to fund our vital public services while, at the same time, increasing alcohol harms and the demands on those already overburdened services." - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President

(2021-02-23)Read more

To ensure Canada recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic with minimal loss of life, and without leaving people behind, the federal government has an enormous role to play.

(2021-02-23)Read more

11 members of the Manitoba Wildfire Service have been recognized with the New South Wales Bushfire Emergency Citation for their efforts.

(2021-02-19)Read more

“This is not like the first time around — we have the experience necessary to make this work very quickly. — Jerry Earle, NAPE President

(2021-02-18)Read more

“I always love welcoming new members to our great union, but it’s just as nice to welcome back old friends." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President

(2021-02-17)Read more

“A high-quality and accessible post-secondary education system will be crucial to meeting the challenges of today and to a more equitable, more sustainable future. We need our colleges and universities, more than ever, to train workers who design, build, and maintain green infrastructure, who perform care work, including child care and long-term care, and the numerous other skills that contribute to our society.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-02-16)Read more

“There was never a logical reason to include people experiencing homelessness in the curfew. People experiencing homelessness have no permanent shelter to stay in during the curfew, nor do they have the resources to pay the fines for breaking curfew. Had people experiencing homelessness been exempt from the curfew from the start, Raphaël André would still be with us today.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-02-11)Read more

“Plain and simple, this is an investment that will save lives. I’m grateful the members of my union kept urging government to provide these scanners, and I’m pleased to see the government take action.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2021-02-10)Read more

“We have seen during COVID-19 how these trade and investment agreements create unemployment and compromise access to necessary public goods and services like medical supplies and equipment. This report is intended to start looking closely at these issues. ” – Larry Brown, NUPGE President 

(2021-02-09)Read more

“Ending privatization means that the millions of dollars that for-profit companies pay to their owners every year will be available to improve care in long-term care facilities” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-02-08)Read more

"The crisis in long-term care urgently requires federal action. It is shameful that Canada is the worst country at protecting our vulnerable seniors, having the highest proportion of COVID-19 deaths in our long-term care facilities. NUPGE is pleased that the federal NDP is championing long-term care reform at this critical moment." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-02-05)Read more

The National Union of Public and General Employees is conducting an online member survey on working from home. Members are invited to anonymously share their experiences with, and opinions on, working from home during the pandemic, as well as what types of options they hope to see for the future. The survey can be completed in either English or French.

(2021-02-04)Read more

"I implore the Canadian government to continue monitoring the situation in Myanmar, specifically as it affects the Rohingya. I also reiterate NUPGE’s previous calls on the Canadian government to support the Rohingya’s ongoing needs and movements on the ground, and to support Rohingya-led grassroots struggles for peace." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-02-03)Read more

“Our members have seen this type of rhetoric before, which has led to cuts, layoffs, closures and privatization. Rather than simply waiting to see what happens, our union is sending a strong message to those in power that they shouldn’t forget the critical role that public services and the hardworking and dedicated people who provide them play in our province every day, no matter what challenge is put in their way." Jerry Earle, NAPE President

(2021-02-02)Read more

As we work on eradicating racism in the present, it’s also important to reshape the way we view the past. We must continue to uncover stories excluded from traditional narratives of history and support the work of Black academics who study and teach history and related fields.

(2021-02-01)Read more