“Whether it’s their neighbours or people thousands of kilometres away, wildland firefighters recognize they have a responsibility to do what they can to help, even when it means risking their own health and safety,” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"The courts have accomplished something the Liberal government promised but didn't deliver, ending the politically motivated Harper-era audits on progressive charities." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We know that AFSME, and public sector workers across the United States, will defend themselves and the services they provide against this political attack on workers' rights. We are with them in this fight, today, and in the coming days. Our work continues." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"So, today, we want to encourage our 390,000 members across the country to reflect on these abuses and recommit to fighting continuing acts of oppression. If we are on a path of reconciliation, we need to work with our allies to ensure our Indigenous brothers and sisters enjoy the equality we all strive for."— Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"It's clear the assumption that the U.S. is a safe country for asylum seekers is no longer accurate. The agreement should be put on hold until the U.S. can guarantee the humane and non-discriminatory treatment of those seeking refuge in the U.S." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership is an affront to democracy and a threat to economic equality. It will create a private court system for foreign investors, giving them the right to sue democratically elected governments. And it will rig the Canadian economy in favour of powerful corporations. It is an outright betrayal of workers. It will do nothing to stop climate change, and it will certainly exacerbate income and wealth inequality.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Canada’s blood supply is threatened by pay-for-plasma private clinics. Canadians must not repeat the mistakes of the tainted blood scandal. We must not allow profit to compromise safety. On this World Blood Donor Day, NUPGE is standing with those who continue to call for a ban on paid blood and plasma in Canada.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“We, the elected representatives of NUPGE, its staff and its members from across Canada stand in proud solidarity with all those fighting the oppression of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The ongoing NAFTA negotiations present a unique opportunity for Canada to pursue a new model for more equitable, socially just and sustainable trade." — Larry Brown, President, National Union of Public and General Employees
"NSGEU/NUPGE members should be very proud of what they've achieved. Their dedication and commitment has made a huge difference in the lives of working people and made Nova Scotia a better place to live" — Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees.
“Our future is being placed at risk because of a lack of action. Earth Day cannot be a celebration so long as we continue to resist moving towards a sustainable environment, just transition and measures to achieve a low-carbon economy.”— Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Pharmacare will save lives, reduce suffering and lower costs by billions of dollars each year. Canada is the only country with universal health care that does not have pharmacare. Canadians deserve better and must demand better.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
A clear victory for provinces to regulate the economy in the public interest.
“Every day should be equality day, because every day we need to fight against the systemic inequality we witness and reaffirm our commitment to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” – Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Banning paid blood donations across the country is the right thing to do. We are calling on the federal health minister to take action. We support provincial campaigns for legislation but recognize they are needed only because of continuing federal inaction” – Larry Brown, President of NUPGE
“When you get a unanimous vote on unionizing, it’s a great harbinger of success. Solidarity is key to achieving a great first contract and future contracts.” — Kareen Marshall, Chair of OPSEU/NUPGE Community Agencies Division
“This is a bad deal for Canadian workers, a bad deal for Canadian families, and a bad deal for the Canadian economy. There’s absolutely no reason why Prime Minister Trudeau should be endorsing this trade agreement.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“That people with extensive experience of both publicly controlled and privatized services want to reverse privatization is a damning indictment of privatization.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Successive federal governments have talked tough on crime, terrorism and tax avoidance, while doing nothing to change weak rules about transparency for corporate ownership that facilitated those activities. While more is needed, it is encouraging to see governments recognizing the need to shut down the snow haven.
“We congratulate our OPSEU/NUPGE organizers for this historic organizing victory. We know that one of the best ways to stop the scourge of income inequality, and the growth of unfair low-waged jobs, is to increase and improve the rights and power of precarious workers to organize and bargain collectively.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President