"I am especially pleased to see plans to develop mental health recovery programs and supports for workers and people from affected communities, a wide-ranging emphasis on partnership and coordination with First Nations and Indigenous groups, as well as improvements to Emergency Social Services." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Equality and Human Rights
“This is a good first step. Unfortunately, many women are still going to have to wait years before they see some justice in their wages.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"It is crystal clear in its analysis and in its rejection of a model that has been proven NOT to work."—Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of Public Services International
"To our Sisters, the 390,000 members of NUPGE support you in this struggle, and thank you for your commitment and courage. Workers around the world will benefit from your efforts." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.
There have been considerable gains since the Person case but women still earn only 84 cents on the dollar, while the earnings of women of colour are 64 per cent of men’s, and Indigenous women’s earnings are at just 46 per cent of men’s.
There are many ways we are pitted against each other every day. We allow issues to divide us. But the more we listen and share, the more we find that we are connected
“The designation of Gender Equity Week acknowledges that gender equality will not happen without targeted efforts, We have a long way to go, so let’s use this week to identify ways to reduce, and eventually end, gender inequality." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“As movements who have a long history of interdependence, the LGBTQ+ and union movements are intertwined in our projects of obtaining equity and justice." — Zivi Richard, President of River of Pride
A mere 87 families in Canada have the same wealth as Canada's 12 million lowest earners combined. On average they have 4,448 times more wealth than the average family.
"The courts have accomplished something the Liberal government promised but didn't deliver, ending the politically motivated Harper-era audits on progressive charities." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President