NUPGE Annual Report: 2020 in Review is a look back on what NUPGE accomplished in 2020.
“Protecting Ontarians against COVID-19 by taking a swipe at the environment is counterproductive and completely wrongheaded.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer
The campaign, Make Amazon Pay, is demanding changes to both Amazon’s company policies and government legislation.
As with the Speech from the Throne, there were a few encouraging commitments, but they were somewhat lacking in substance. Canadians expected that this fiscal update would deliver more detail on the progressive-sounding vision outlined in the Throne Speech.
“In making these commitments to lower emissions, it is imperative to consider and mitigate the impact on workers and communities.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The Applicants in the case, 7 young people, are arguing that the Ford government’s climate policy, which weakened Ontario’s climate targets in 2018, violates their Charter-protected rights to life, liberty, and security of the person.
The theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty recognizes that it is not possible to have social justice without economic justice.
"More than unnecessary, Bill 132 is dangerous. Front-line inspectors are worried about being handcuffed. Things could end badly down the road if the government does not listen to our members." ― Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“This youth-led movement serves as another reminder that we must not forget about the climate crisis amidst the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, the pandemic has illustrated the unequal impacts of a crisis, which we are already seeing with the impacts of climate change, as well as the ambitious, course-changing response that’s possible when the political will is there. We know that Canadians’ will is with climate action. Will the Trudeau government’s be as well?” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Provinces must play their part in inflating the economy, not contribute to the further deflating of our economy." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
By scrapping the plan for a P3 privatization scheme the Township of Mapleton saved between $2 million and $3 million.
The NUPGE paper released today identifies some of the key considerations that workers and their unions should be thinking about when it comes to WFH — as both a temporary and possibly-permanent arrangement.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the urgency of these crises and their unequal impacts across regions and communities. The pandemic has also shown us that we can tackle crises when there is political will and social solidarity.
The pandemic has underscored our collective responsibility to look out for one another and ensure that nobody is left behind — and how we are stronger when we do.
“As we face a climate emergency, this committee will play an integral role in advancing our union’s work on urgent environmental and climate change issues.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“We are humbled by their bravery and grateful for their sacrifices.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“It’s time to stand up for all Indigenous people all across Turtle Island.” — Molly Wickham (Sleydo'), Wet'suwet'en spokesperson
Women and marginalized communities are more likely to experience negative effects of environmental and climate change and to face barriers in adapting.
A backgrounder on the gendered impacts of environmental and climate change, and women's contributions to sustainability.