When people face financial instability, inadequate housing, poor working conditions, low wages, food insecurity, lack of education (the social determinants of health), it is difficult to maintain positive mental health. By organizing and advocating for good jobs, quality public services, fair labour rights and tax fairness, the National Union has created pressure on governments to improve the health of all Canadians.
Equality and Human Rights
"On World Press Freedom Day, we celebrate those workers who bring us the news, no matter the price. May we fight with them to defend their independence, protect the fundamental principles of press freedom and honour those who have lost lives in pursuit of the truth." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
BCGEU/NUPGE to start a pilot project integrating the Sanctuary City principles into education workshops for members who work in community social services.
MGEU member, Michelle McHale, recently brought concerns of bullying and homophobia in schools to the Hanover School Division board of trustees. Unfortunately, she has received hurtful and threatening online comments in response.
“Based on the Liberals’ track record, when faced with opposition, they respond just enough to blunt that opposition but then continue on the same track once things quiet down." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
According to a survey conducted by Angus Reid, 43 per cent of Canadian women say they have been sexually harassed at work. “Two thirds of our 130,000 members are women." — Warren (Smokey)Thomas.
Join the campaign to raise the minimum wage for the lowest-paid workers in our country.
“We’ve been flooded with stories from students and parents who’ve been deeply touched by these schools.They speak of miracles — miracles that come from an education these kids simply can’t get in the regular stream." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Twice a year, Homeless Connects Edmonton and its service providers and volunteers host an event at the Shaw Conference Centre to help over 2000 guests create pathways out of homelessness.
"On this International Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination, we pledge to stand by our committments to the Syrian people who have traveled so far and long to get here, as well as to those in our communities who struggle for equality every day." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President