"Women's History Month celebrates the difference that women have made to society and to their communities ― every day and in times of struggle. Now, as we face a historical global challenge in the COVID-19 pandemic, women are once again the heroes on the front lines." ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We have been pushing for the government to accept that there is no turning back to the ways things were. This Build Back Better Throne Speech is a signal that they've heard that message. We'll be spending our time before the federal budget to pressure the Liberals to stand by their words and put its money where its mouth is." – Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The issue of child care is this generation’s medicare story, and we’ve got to get it done.” — Armine Yalnizyan
“On behalf of NUPGE, thank you to our members in the child care field, who are doing critical work during these difficult times. We see you and we are grateful for your service.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
With 2 out of 4 national political parties committed to universal child care, the outcome of the election could help reduce the overwhelming costs for families across the country.
A few of BCGEU/NUPGE concerns for the 2020 provincial budget include poverty reduction, housing affordability, protection of BC Parks, and workplace health and safety.
"There are 2 important things the government must do right now to start to close the affordability gap: close the loopholes that let employers pay less than minimum wage, and continue to invest in high quality public services like transit, health care, housing, and child care to bring down the cost of living." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The current regulations were brought in following a number of heartbreaking tragedies, such as the death of 2-year-old Eva Ravikovich, who died in 2013 after being left in an SUV for hours on a hot summer day.
"We need federal leadership to ensure there is affordable quality child care across the country — and that only happens with increased, directed funding." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
There are many ways we are pitted against each other every day. We allow issues to divide us. But the more we listen and share, the more we find that we are connected
“For Canada to be a real leader in gender budgeting, the revenue side of the budget cannot be ignored.” — Diana Gibson, Communications Director for Canadians for Tax Fairness
“International Women’s Day needs to be a time to demand action.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
The issues that weren’t addressed in the 2018 budget are ones the federal government doesn’t expect to get much attention or ones where people have become so discouraged that they are willing to settle for peanuts.
“A focus on inclusive child care for children with disabilities is very welcome news.” — Val Avery, HSABC President
"We know it will take time to restore proper service levels to British Columbians. We will support the government as they continue to do the right thing to make British Columbia a more affordable, equitable and healthy society for everyone, not just the one percent." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU 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.
"For the first time in years, issues like child protection, community health and home support, poverty reduction, mental health and addictions have seen renewed attention and investment." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“As it is, the agreement ignores the federal government’s election promise to create a ‘framework ensuring affordable, high-quality, fully inclusive child care is available to all families who need it’; it does not make universality even a long-term goal,." — Morna Ballantyne, executive director, Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC).
“Given the difference a universal child care program like Quebec’s can make for young families, even the Fraser Institute should recognize that it’s irresponsible to spread inaccurate information about it. Sadly, that’s not the case” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The NSGEU/NUPGE is working with Dalhousie Faculty Association and Dalhousie University to develop a plan for a sustainable daycare at the Agricultural Campus in Truro.