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January 8, 2019

"Organizing isn’t a suspicious activity, it is a constitutional right fully given to workers. I demand the Premier and his government back off." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

January 7, 2019

“Working people have had enough. Enough of being sidelined, enough of low wages and enough of unfulfilled promises of job creation which put at risk India’s economic development. The global trade union movement stands side-by-side with our sisters and brothers in India.” — Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of ITUC

December 18, 2018

"The Ford government is willfully violating the Charter rights of the Power Workers of Ontario and is trampling on the collective bargaining process by ending a strike that has not even started." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

November 29, 2018

NUPGE unequivocally stands in solidarity with the members of UNIFOR and all workers employed at GM’s Oshawa Assembly plant.

November 23, 2018

“We are calling on the federal government to allow for a fair process by encouraging workers and the employer to come to an agreement that works for everyone. This back-to-work legislation is a clear violation of workers’ Charter rights. CUPW successfully fought to have this right explicitly upheld by the Supreme Court.” — Hassan Yussuff, CLC President

November 23, 2018

Despite the government’s rhetoric that improved labour laws were “job killers,” Thomas pointed to the latest Statistics Canada data that shows employment in Ontario increased by 1.2 per cent since last October.

November 13, 2018

The B.C. government has committed to work collaboratively with stakeholders to implement the repeal of these bills. The BCGEU/NUPGE and HSABC/NUPGE look forward to engaging in this process to support, and significantly improve conditions for workers affected by these changes. 

October 30, 2018

"Our submission to the panel asked that balance and fairness be restored to the B.C. Labour Relations Code and Labour Relations Board. We believe the recommendations go a long way toward achieving that balance, but they don't go far enough." — BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. 

October 26, 2018

"Premier Ford has chosen to launch a partisan attack by introducing his Making Ontario Open for Business Act. Dismantling the previous government’s legislation means 'open for business' is really just code for shutting down workers’ rights and attacking unions." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

October 24, 2018

"Ford talks about bringing quality jobs back to Ontario to help families get ahead, but the actions he takes to attack the workers of Ontario, and eliminate quality jobs, speak louder than words." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President