"NSGEU/NUPGE members should be very proud of what they've achieved. Their dedication and commitment has made a huge difference in the lives of working people and made Nova Scotia a better place to live" — Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees.
Halifax (23 April 2018) — This month the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE), one of NUPGE's 11 Components, turns 60 years old.
Members are celebrating this important accomplishment made possible by the contributions of thousands of members, past and present, who have worked in solidarity to advance the values of fairness, equality and equity.
"NSGEU/NUPGE members should be very proud of what they've achieved. Their dedication and commitment has made a huge difference in the lives of working people and made Nova Scotia a better place to live", said Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
60 years of advocating for the rights of hard-working members and their families
60 years ago the NSGEU/NUPGE was founded as the Nova Scotia Civil Service Association. At that time, just 3,200 civil servants delivered a range of public services for people throughout the province. Over the years, the NSGEU/NUPGE has grown to become the largest public sector union in the province and represents more than 31,000 women and men. Members work in wide variety of settings including hospitals and laboratories, liquor stores, universities and public schools, and corrections facilities, just to name a few.
Every member is dedicated to delivering quality public services to the people in their community
In the year leading up to this milestone anniversary, the NSGEU/NUPGE celebrated the work that members do with a public awareness campaign designed to showcase the diversity and strength of the union. Billboards, signs on buses, and advertising, in both traditional and new media, told members stories to the people of Nova Scotia.
Every day, the NSGEU/NUPGE members' work makes the province a better place to live, work and play. The services members provide help keep people and their families, safe, healthy and better connected. Members' contributions are important, not just to the people they serve every day, but to Nova Scotia as a whole.
To celebrate, the NSGEU/NUPGE is holding events across the province.
NSGEU 60th anniversary events
July 7 (July 8 rain date) Sherbrook Village Museum
July 14 (July 15 rain date) Oak Field Park
August 18 (August 19 rain date) Upper Clements Park
August 25 Two Rivers Wildlife Park
September 22 (September 23 rain date) River Breeze Corn Maze
NSGEU/NUPGE will circulate more details as these events approach.
These events will provide an opportunity to celebrate 60 years of accomplishments, and the contributions of the thousands of members, past and present, who have worked to advance the values of fairness, equality and equity. The events will also be a chance to celebrate members' solidarity as they face the future, stronger together.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 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