Labour Rights

"Two is better than one, though one could be good too. Four or more just lessens the chore, and five pulls it all through,” sings Ben Cottrill, the winner of the Why Unions Matter contest for April 2014.

(2014-06-17)Read more

“I’d like to be able to find full-time work in journalism, but those jobs are hard to find,” says Why Unions Matter winner Matt Creed. “I know I’m not the only one in this grind—seems like everybody is going through the same thing right now.”

(2014-06-16)Read more

Missed the Unions Matter book launch? Catch the highlights now out on video. 

(2014-06-10)Read more

Bill 22 reverses amendments to the Labour Relations Act that were introduced only two years ago that allowed for automatic card-check certification when 65 per cent of workers in a workplace sign union cards.   

(2014-06-06)Read more

Alberta Labour Relations Board rules against AUPE's application to take over bargaining rights.

(2014-06-05)Read more

“With warmth and personality, your submission beautifully captures the essence of the good that unions do: they empower people to speak up for what they know is right,” NUPGE National President James Clancy wrote to winner Jay Jeworski. “That’s particularly important these days in which, as you say, profits seem to be valued over the well-being of the employees that generate them.”

(2014-06-04)Read more

The tentative agreement has language on job security, on scheduling and includes provisions for dealing with disputes.  There is also a signing bonus and new wage scales.

(2014-05-29)Read more

The Route of Shame takes place during the 103rd International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva. A major focus of the annual ILC is to determine whether countries are upholding their obligations to respect the rights of workers and their trade unions under International Labour Organization conventions.

(2014-05-28)Read more

Shows strong correlation between unions and better wages, improved workplace safety, and greater equality.

(2014-05-23)Read more

“The NSGEU/NUPGE cannot let this type of bullying behaviour stand, so we will be fighting this. We will grieve each and every one of these suspensions.” — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.

(2014-05-22)Read more

“Bill 30 is a clear abuse of power by the McNeil government: the provisions of this legislation are very clearly designed to undermine our members’ right to strike and their right to full and free collective bargaining,” said NSGEU President Joan Jessome.

(2014-05-20)Read more

NUPGE will appear as intevernor arguing that the right to strike as referred to in the Charter should be interpreted based on Canada's obligations under international labour law.

(2014-05-16)Read more

“Taken together, these voices represent the democratic strength of inquiry, research, and discussion that animate so much of the labour movement and the social movements supported by unions.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

(2014-05-15)Read more

“If Hudak wins a majority,” he says, “It’s your job that’s at stake. It’s your future that’s at stake. It’s your pension plan that’s at stake."

(2014-05-12)Read more

Documentary exposing the real intentions behind so-called Right-to-Work laws gains attention from New York Film Festival.

(2014-04-29)Read more

"We are the union for changing times, especially for those providing crucial health care services in this province.”  Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.

(2014-04-24)Read more