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Ottawa (09 June 2014) — A crowd of lawyers, scholars and trade unionists gathered recently to launch the publication of a book exploring the many ways organized labour touches the lives of everyone.
New book released about the role of unions in advancing economic equality, social justice and democratic rights
Unions Matter: Advancing Democracy, Economic Equality and Social Justice, published by Toronto's Between the Lines, surveys the latest research and judicial theory to highlight unions' roles in the economic, social, and democratic health of Canada and the world.
"I wrote about advancing rights," says Ottawa labour and human rights lawyer Paul Champ, who contributed to the book. "I wrote about how unions play such a significant role in promoting and securing human rights and equality for people of different races, for women, people with disabilities, and regarding sexual orientation. And not only for their own members but also for all Canadians."
Another of the book's contributors, Osgoode Hall Law School professor Fay Faraday, said the book can help trade unionists.
"One of the difficulties in coalition building is finding a language that binds us, that lets us understand the problems we are all struggling with are common," says Faraday. "So our chapter is about how to build that, how to use that language to build links so people can see their common interests."
For more information and to optain copies: contact Between the Lines books via 1-800-718-7201 or btlbooks.com/book/unions-matter
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