"On December 6, it is important to reflect on the deadly impacts of gender-based violence (GBV) and misogyny. GBV is a societal problem — and, too often, a workplace problem — that we all have a responsibility to tackle.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
"Raising public awareness of this issue and its prevalence is one of the keys to addressing this issue. It is very clearly ‘not part of the job!’ All workers deserve to work in a safe environment and to be treated with respect regardless of their gender identity, religion, or ethnicity." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President.
"Sussanne is a strategic thinker, a tireless advocate, and a fighter for labour and human rights. Workers in BC are in good hands." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
Throughout October, as we acknowledge and celebrate Women’s History Month, I hope all Canadians recognize the difference that union women have made in ensuring that Canada is more inclusive and equitable. — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
The Sisters in Spirit is a national event held annually on October 4 to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two spirit, and gender-diverse people.
"I echo the demands of local and international activists for an end to human rights violations in Iran, including the repression of women’s rights.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
"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
“We’ve taken our fight to the courts, and we’re taking it to the streets too — to build our solidarity and support the fight for fair collective bargaining, decent work and high-quality public services." — JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Just because it’s happening down there, don’t for a minute think that Canada is immune from these types of rollbacks. Every year we hear individual Conservative politicians raise the issue of abortion and push to get it on the national agenda. Under Erin O’Toole’s leadership, 81 Conservative MPs, the majority of their caucus, voted to reopen the debate on a women’s right to choose.
"Under the cover of emergency preparedness and worker retention, this government is setting a dangerous precedent by sidelining both the union and the collective agreement, which are there to protect workers." — JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
The survey findings also underscore the need for Canada to ratify and implement the ILO Convention on violence and harassment in the world of work (No. 190).
"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
"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
The strength of the Rohingya, particularly the women and girls subjected to gender-based violence, to trafficking and child marriages, and to being used as weapons of war continues to be an inspiration to us all. It is vital that the international community recognize and take action to support the Rohingya in their battle against genocide. — Larry Brown, President of NUPGE
We must provide dignity to women, girls, and gender-diverse people who deal with period poverty in Canada instead of furthering the taboos that have plagued this issue for centuries.
“The Canadian government’s theme for 2022 IWD is Women Inspiring Women. The more accurate theme would be Women Inspiring Governments to Take Action on Issues Affecting Canadian Women.” — President Larry Brown
“This program is a great start as it will help reduce the stigma and stresses students may have. Menstrual products can be costly, so this also helps alleviate some financial pressure, and will allow students to focus on learning.” — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
The members of the National Union are deeply concerned about the situation in the central Philippines following Typhoon Rai. There is a critical need for support for those directly impacted by this disaster." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
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