The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is a family of 11 component and 3 affiliate unions. Taken together we are one of the largest unions in Canada. Most of our 370,000 members work to deliver public services of every kind to the citizens of their home provinces. We also have a large and growing number of members who work for private businesses.
Our mission as a national union is to:
- monitor provincial and federal labour laws and developments
- analyse restructuring of social programs and public services
- report on and contribute to legislation affecting the workplace
- give our members a national presence through participation in the Canadian Labour Congress and internationally through Public Services International
- develop and share successful bargaining strategies with our component unions
- contribute to a national framework of services and solidarity to benefit all Canadian workers.
A Family of Unions
The National Union is different from most unions; it has a federated structure - in effect, it's a union of unions. Individuals are members of the National Union through their membership in one of our components. The Triennial Convention, with delegates from all components, is the supreme governing body. Between conventions, the National Union's governing body is the National Executive Board, which comes from the leadership of all the components.
The National Union structure is built on the autonomy and identity of components, while providing the benefits of belonging to a National Union. Components elect their own officers, set their dues, hire their staff and do their own bargaining. The National Union provides assistance and co-ordination, and national and international representation.
Our dues rate is 2% of component revenues. For each dollar of dues our components collect, they now pay 2 cents to the National Union. The National Union keeps you plugged into everything, everywhere that can make a difference to what happens to you at work.
The National Union stays on top of national developments, with research and analysis in such areas as:
- federal-provincial transfer payments
- national standards for health and social programs
- federal-provincial jurisdictional changes and employee transfers
- tax policies
- Canada Pension Plan
- changes to (Un)Employment Insurance
- legislation respecting the workplace
- and many others