Unions Matter contest for December focuses on women's rights

"Let's round out 2016 with some amazing contributions! We look forward to seeing yours soon." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Ottawa (09 Dec. 2016) — The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has been engaging Canadians across the country on the question of why unions matter. Through the national bus tour that was part of NUPGE's All Together Now! (ATN) campaign, union members had thousands of conversations with people in every province about how labour rights play a role in making Canada a fairer country. 

Creativity flourishes in contest entries

The Unions Matters contest to win $1000 was launched as part of the ATN campaign. The National Union has received hundreds of contest entries on various themes all relating to the importance of unions in pushing for rights and freedoms, inside and outside the workplace. 

People are encouraged to submit any creative form to tell their story. "We've had artwork, pieces of writing, songs, poems and presentations," said Larry Brown, NUPGE President. "The submissions are clearly well researched, heart-felt and inspiring. The more original, the more likely it will catch the judge's eye!"

Names of the winners, plus rules and regulations for the contest can be found here.

December's theme is women and unions

For the month of December, the focus will be on how unions play a role in fighting for women's rights. Entries are welcome until December 31, when a winner will be selected. Submit entries to unionsmatter@nupge.ca. Winners will be announced on the NUPGE website. 

"The contest has gone tremendously well in spreading the word about Why Unions Matter," said Brown."Let's round out 2016 with some amazing contributions! I look forward to seeing yours soon."


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 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

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