Diversity and Inclusion in our Unions

"We're thrilled with the success of this conference. The feedback we're hearing is that participants didn't want the sessions to end and want a longer conference next time. In our books, that's a great indication for future conferences." ― Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-11-29)Read more

“With the ongoing rise of the far right at home in Canada, and around the world, we must be extra vigilant at pushing for legal protections for transgender and gender-expansive people and for education for the public about transgender and gender-expansive issues.” ― Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-11-18)Read more

Throughout October, as we acknowledge and celebrate Women’s History Month, I hope all Canadians recognize the difference that union women have made in ensuring that Canada is more inclusive and equitable. — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-10-03)Read more

We must also make space for Indigenous people in our unions. This includes reevaluating union practices and traditions that might other members, or prevent them from fully participating in the union, or from joining union management as elected officers and members of staff.

(2022-09-28)Read more

"John led a life in service to people with disabilities, fighting for recognition and equity. His work at NUPGE helped inspire our members, and others in the labour movement, to work for fairness and to break down barriers. His commitment was unwavering, and we are all better for his efforts. We will miss him." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2022-04-26)Read more

“NUPGE is committed to being an anti-racist union. Our research brings together academic research and anecdotal evidence of widespread anti-Black racism in Canada.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2022-03-03)Read more

Though less discussed than in the United States, anti-Black racism is present in Canada. While we are quick to pride ourselves on being the final destination of the Underground Railroad that helped slaves escape to freedom, we often forget that slavery existed in Canada, too.

(2022-02-01)Read more

"Today, we remember the atrocities of the Holocaust where over 6 million Jews were murdered, and the countless other victims who suffered at the hands of the Nazis. That pain and loss continues to be felt by communities around the world and we grieve in solidarity." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.

(2022-01-27)Read more

“We all have a responsibility to tell politicians to take a tougher stance on Islamophobia both in legislation and policy, and by providing funds and resources to combat Islamophobia. It shouldn’t take another attack to force our political leaders to act.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2022-01-26)Read more

"While this report looks back, we are focused on the future. There will be challenges ahead but we'll face them. As we recover from the last 2 years, we remain hopeful. It's time to reimagine our world. And we will do that—together." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-12-14)Read more

“Poverty, food insecurity, unsafe drinking water, lack of education, unsafe housing conditions, poor health, substance abuse, and over incarceration—these problems feed into each other and create a web of inequality for Indigenous people.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-12-10)Read more

“One only needs to listen to the testimony of survivors to know that conversion therapy is an abhorrent practice that has no place in Canada,” said Larry Brown, NUPGE President. “Lives are on the line. We’re happy to see the government finally take action and ban conversion therapy.”

(2021-12-08)Read more

“People with disabilities need real support now,” said Larry Brown. “They have been sounding the alarm bells for years about their precarity and the pandemic made things even worse for them.”

(2021-11-25)Read more

“There’s an onus on government and law enforcement to ensure transgender and gender-diverse people feel like they can access their services safely. Trust must be rebuilt.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-11-18)Read more

“Our members, just like the rest of Canadians, have various levels of understanding of privilege and racism. It’s our hope that our backgrounders can help deepen our members’ understanding of the topic and help them to be better allies.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-10-25)Read more

“LGBTQI2S+ history should have a place in our history curriculums,” said NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer, Bert Blundon. “LGBTQI2S+ history is Canadian history. It’s our duty to pass on intersectional knowledge to future generations.”

(2021-10-01)Read more

“We challenge all federal party leaders to think about how they would live on the financial aid currently available for people with disabilities. As a society, we failed to support people with disabilities prior to and during the pandemic: let’s not continue the pattern of failure into the future.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-09-15)Read more

“We cannot go back in time and prevent the traumas that occurred to conversion therapy survivors, but we can ensure that no child in Canada is subjected to conversion therapy ever again.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-07-21)Read more

"This new team of leaders at the CLC is exciting! We've elected people who are firmly committed to our core values of fairness, equality and respect. They are inclusive and determined to focus on organizing the unorganized, continuing the fight for workers’ rights and for giving the tools to members to activate in their own communities.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-06-18)Read more