“This partnership is historic, but it’s not out of the blue. We’ve been working hard to ensure Indigenous people have a powerful voice in our union and in our communities." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Equality and Human Rights
“We are facing a crisis when it comes to how Indigenous peoples in this country are treated and nowhere is this more evident than the way the federal Government is racially discriminating against indigenous children.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
93.44 per cent of women reported that they had been intimidated and received threats via technology (cell phones, texts, emails).
Dr. Hassan Diab is being held in a jail in France for a crime he did not commit. Diab’s finger prints, palm prints, physical description, and handwriting do not match those of the suspect. Furthermore, French investigating judges have confirmed that he was not even in France at the time of the bombing. Diab has consistently denied involvement and condemned the violence.
"The labour movement has worked hard to create inclusive communities to welcome families and ensure they receive what they need as they start a new life. This is just one example of our commitment to helping, and working with, the most vulnerable." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
This bill is the seventh bill on this issue since 2005. All other bills put forward by the opposition or as private members' bills have met incredible resistance and failure in the Senate. Bill C-16 is the first government-sponsored bill.
Ottawa (16 June 2017) — The struggle to have gender identity and expression protected from discrimination and violence under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code is over.
The Indigenous Circle collected over 1,000 signatures during the 2017 OPSEU Convention and they continue to collect petitions that are being introduced at Queen’s Park.
“If government has any respect for northerners’ right to make choices about northern education, this is the time to show it. Imposing decisions that run contrary to the needs of local people is not a responsible way forward." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“We need more than just words to show that the government respects our Charter and provides equal opportunity for economic and social justice for everyone. We need a government that looks for every opportunity to make fairness and equality central to its business." Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“The LCBO has discriminated against workers in its largest female-dominated job classification for decades, and now that is coming to an end. It is a huge step forward for these precarious workers and their families.” — Denise Davis, Chair, OPSEU's Liquor Board Employees Division