The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is committed to raising the profile of Community Social Service workers.
In an April 2007 conference of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), a commitment was made and reaffirmed at the 2010 Convention, to launch an annual national appreciation day for those working in community social services.
In the first three years of celebrating Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day, Manitoba and Saskatchewan passed provincial proclamations, as well as 86 communities across Canada, including seven provincial capitals and the nation’s capital. Official resolutions over the last three years have marked the day and laid the groundwork for this year.
The public has become more aware of the importance of community social services and their dedicated workers since the start of our campaign, but governments keep cutting service to the most vulnerable Canadians.
“Community social service workers are essential to building strong communities and making life better for families and individuals. Yet workers in this sector are often as invisible as the members of the society they support”, said James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
This sector includes workers in group homes and supported living programs. It includes those that work with disabled adults, youth and children. These workers are people that support families, people that help those with addictions and those on the streets.
The National Union asks that all Canadians thank community social service workers across Canada, by visiting the Community Social Service Appreciation Day Facebook page.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE