“Today, we are demanding the federal and provincial governments, make health care a greater priority by increasing its funding, by ensuring the money is used properly and by investing in the people who save lives every day. Combined, these things will help save the entire system.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
Value of Public Services
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"Whether they’re upselling or double billing, private clinics put profits first — and this move will undoubtedly hurt patients and the public health care system we all depend on. In these difficult times, we should be taking care of one another, not corporations and their shareholders." — JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Members of Alberta’s major health care unions are joining together to demand that the government of Alberta develop a plan to deal with the crisis in health care.
“We already represent hundreds of thousands of health care professionals across the country. MAHCP strengthens NUPGE’s voice as one of the largest health care and public sector unions in Canada.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
The courts have again confirmed that private for-profit health care and the 2-tier system it creates would harm our public health care system and not improve patient access. They have ruled in favour of protecting public health care as constitutional and necessary to protect health care that is delivered based on need and not on the ability to pay.
“In the midst of a climate emergency, we must move beyond awareness-raising to action.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“If even modest tax fairness measures can generate $16.1 billion in 5 years, you have to wonder what could be done if the federal government took tax fairness more seriously.” — Bert Blundon, Secretary-Treasurer of NUPGE
"Completely absent from this budget is information on how the government will ensure that this Canada-wide system attracts and retains qualified early childhood educators (ECE) and other child care workers, who are the backbone of quality child care. Efforts to expand the child care system must involve strategies to expand the workforce, improve compensation and working conditions, and ensure decent work in the sector." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
A properly funded Just Transition is essential to allowing us to effectively respond to the climate emergency and ensure no one is left behind.
"Similar to what’s done in health care, we need a dedicated transfer to the provinces to move us towards a public post-secondary education system that is accessible to all, high quality, and provides decent work in the sector. A strong public education system is key to a thriving society, especially as we face labour shortages in critical sectors and the need for transition to a green economy.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
This is the submission by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) to the 2022 Federal Budget consultation.
In Canada, 8.9 million people or 30.3% of Canadians rely on groundwater.
“We are ready, willing, and able to go back to the table whenever the employer comes to their senses and treats these workers with the respect they deserve for the incredible work they do. While these workers would want nothing more than to provide support, care, and mentorship to the people at The Lilly, they will not continue to allow this employer to stonewall.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“We want to return to negotiations and to work, serving our communities. We know service disruptions from job action are stressful for the community and so members paused job action Thursday in hopes the employer would take our action seriously and send an offer. We’re disappointed that hasn’t happened yet. VIRL’s management has the power to restore library services.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEI President
“Our members have been on the front lines battling the pandemic on behalf of their colleagues, friends and family. The last 2 years have been difficult for everyone, but to see NBU/NUPGE members rise to the challenge each day is remarkable and inspiring.” — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
"Investing in expanding high-quality public services will be a key part of climate change adaptation. This requires investing in the workers who deliver these critical services, including ensuring fair wages and working conditions as well as the resources they need to do their jobs.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“These cuts are affecting many of the protections our professionals uphold, including proactive inspections, the recovery of costs of spills, and protecting species at risk. We keep being told to do more with less, and that just isn’t realistic when cuts are occurring and new programs are being added.” — Shawn Burr, OPSEU/SEFPO Chair of the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks Ministry Employee Relations Committee (MERC)
As a union, we have always believed that great things can happen when we work together. This time is no different. We will keep fighting for good jobs with good wages, safe working conditions, and decent pensions. We will continue to fight for better communities and workplaces, free from racism and intolerance. We will fight to make equality and fairness part of any recovery.
"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