Rights for People with Disabilities

"The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) remains committed to fighting against gender discrimination and inequality, including the gender pay gap, today and every day." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-09-15)Read more

"Governments and employers have no excuse not to ensure equal pay for equal work. NUPGE and its Components continue to fight for equal pay for equal work — not only for our members but for all workers." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

(2022-04-11)Read more

"While this report looks back, we are focused on the future. There will be challenges ahead but we'll face them. As we recover from the last 2 years, we remain hopeful. It's time to reimagine our world. And we will do that—together." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-12-14)Read more

“People with disabilities need real support now,” said Larry Brown. “They have been sounding the alarm bells for years about their precarity and the pandemic made things even worse for them.”

(2021-11-25)Read more

The response from the NDP claims a strong commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a desire to use it as a guiding principle for their policies.

(2021-09-20)Read more

“We challenge all federal party leaders to think about how they would live on the financial aid currently available for people with disabilities. As a society, we failed to support people with disabilities prior to and during the pandemic: let’s not continue the pattern of failure into the future.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-09-15)Read more

"If we’re going to build a fairer society, we must ensure people with disabilities are included in decision-making to determine what supports are needed to live a full and active life.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-06-02)Read more

“There was never a logical reason to include people experiencing homelessness in the curfew. People experiencing homelessness have no permanent shelter to stay in during the curfew, nor do they have the resources to pay the fines for breaking curfew. Had people experiencing homelessness been exempt from the curfew from the start, Raphaël André would still be with us today.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-02-11)Read more

"Canadian governments, employers, and unions all have a role to play in eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work, and to ensure the proper supports are in place for those who are affected. In fact, I believe we have a shared responsibility to do so." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.

(2020-12-04)Read more

Every year, in honour of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) recognizes a union member for their disability rights activism. The 2020 recipient is BCGEU/NUPGE member Darryl Flasch.

(2020-12-02)Read more

“We are witnessing a pandemic within a pandemic. Physical and social isolation, economic stress, and the overall uncertainty resulting from COVID-19 have created a perfect storm for the increased risk of domestic violence. What's worse, the lockdowns may make it harder for people experiencing violence to seek help.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2020-11-23)Read more

 The National Union is encouraging its members and Canadians to complete the survey by April 21, 2021 and to encourage others to participate. 

(2020-10-23)Read more

The questionnaire asks if you have experienced discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, ethnicity, religion, age, disability or language, and whether this has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(2020-08-20)Read more

As a society, we need to now respond effectively to, and then recover from, the COVID crisis, but we must do so in a way that does not just return us to the unsustainable old normal.

(2020-08-19)Read more

The report provides a deep dive into the survey responses, and explores how Canada’s ongoing history of settler colonialism and policies of racial discrimination connect to the realities of the workplace.

(2020-08-18)Read more

Results will be used by government organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada, and other types of organizations, to evaluate the delivery of health and social services and economic support, and to ensure best practices are adopted when reopening workplaces and public spaces.

(2020-06-26)Read more

If work-from-home (WFH) arrangements become more prevalent in the post-COVID world, they must be a tool to improve equity, not a hindrance.

(2020-06-17)Read more

"We have a system that looks at care in silos rather than a coherent system that is concerned about health from birth to death. This needs to change." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2020-06-16)Read more

“We need to act now and bring long-term care under the Canada Health Act or we will continue to fail our seniors and see more of them die preventable deaths.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2020-05-27)Read more

86% of Canadians support bringing long-term care under the Canada Health Act; only 2% oppose this action.

(2020-05-26)Read more