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Ottawa (19 July 2012) - The June/July issue of the All Together Now! campaign newsletter is making the rounds to mailboxes and email in-boxes across the country. Inside you'll find lots of great information about quality public services, good jobs, and how to fight for greater tax fairness.
This issue shines a light on the amazing activism which is taking place in workplaces and communities. Vincent Sherry, a recently retired social worker and member of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE), is profiled in this edition as one of the new ATN Champions 4 Pensions (C4P).
Vincent has been spreading the word about the value of public services and the need for tax fairness and has now taken on a new role as a Champion 4 Pensions. As one of nine BCGEU C4Ps, Vincent is preading the word about the importance of pensions and the need to defend workplace pensions and promote expanded benefits for all Canadians.
You'll find out about the activists that took over the streets of Ottawa with the Robin Hood Tax (RHT) message as part of an international day of action on the issue. More than 30 people, including 15 local activists from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), hit Parliament Hill to talk to residents and visitors about the need for a global financial transaction tax, or the RHT. Many don't know that Prime Minister Harper has taken a strong stance against the RHT so people were very receptive to getting involved in the campaign to change his mind.
At the end of the month, Alberta kicked off its first C4P presentation at the Health Sciences Association of Alberta's (HSAA/NUPGE) Annual General Meeting. Over 100 pledges were signed at the meeting, a good sign that these activists give a persuasive presentation!
In June, young workers gathered in Ottawa work together to tackle some of the many difficult challenges they are facing - unemployment, growing income inequality, austerity measures and cutbacks and other workplace stress, just to name a few. Over the day and a half, the participants heard first hand about the ATN campaign and how to bring their ideas and energy to make it even more successful in their regions and workplaces.
As in every issue, the ATN Campaigner provides resources to help people continue the important conversations about economic inquality in our country and the need to protect our valuable public services. You'll read about the new video from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Canada Without Povrety's Tax Benefits Day and NUPGE's recent paper on a new privatization idea, Social Impact Bonds.
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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