“Child care is an issue that affects our entire society. The effects of costly child care are felt most obviously by parents of young children. But grandparents are also affected in that they are spending their golden years babysitting because their children can’t afford to pay for care. Affordable child care should be a priority for all Canadians.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) provide an invaluable service to Canadian children and their families and to the future of our country. These dedicated workers help shape our children’s social, physical, emotional and cognitive development.
Unfortunately, these dedicated workers are subject to low wages, high levels of job insecurity, limited career opportunities and lack of recognition. For example, the earned income for an ECE is half of the national average. They are exposed to physically demanding work, poor physical environments, infectious diseases and stress.
The National Union has and will continue to advocate to ensure that ECEs are properly compensated and recognized for the work they perform.
News on Early Childhood Educators
"All families and children deserve access to a seamless system that better supports our educators and addresses the inequities that exist between centres across communities in Nova Scotia.” — Kelly Ann Hamshaw, Executive Director of the Kingstec Campus Learning Centre in Kentville
The current regulations were brought in following a number of heartbreaking tragedies, such as the death of 2-year-old Eva Ravikovich, who died in 2013 after being left in an SUV for hours on a hot summer day.
"We need federal leadership to ensure there is affordable quality child care across the country — and that only happens with increased, directed funding." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"This is a growing sector in the union, and the more members we get, the greater strength we have when it comes to achieving better wages and safer working conditions for everyone.” — Kelly Martin, Chair, OPSEU Boards of Education and Cultural Institutions sector
"These new locals have recognized that joining our union provides them with a stronger voice in their workplace, and that the MGEU/NUPGE has the experience and expertise to ensure their concerns are addressed. Welcome to our 3 newest locals.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“A focus on inclusive child care for children with disabilities is very welcome news.” — Val Avery, HSABC President
"We know it will take time to restore proper service levels to British Columbians. We will support the government as they continue to do the right thing to make British Columbia a more affordable, equitable and healthy society for everyone, not just the one percent." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining with communities and organizations across Ontario in recognizing the valuable contributions made by child care workers and early childhood educators (ECEs) in building strong and supported children, families and communities.
The NDP promised to make child care more accessible and affordable during the election campaign, and they are making good on that promise — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer