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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

May 29, 2012

In fighting the dramatic tuition fee hikes, the student movement is defending the values of equality and solidarity which underpin this social contract.

April 2, 2012

"We presented the government with concrete proposals that would produce hundreds of millions of dollars in new annual revenues and savings,” says Walker. “Government negotiators showed no interest in these proposals."

February 15, 2012

“Mr. Drummond wants to take an axe to public services, ignore tax fairness, and actively kill jobs by taking money out of communities." Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President OPSEU/NUPGE

February 13, 2012

Courts to decide on whether comparable child and family services for children on First Nations are significantly less funded than for those off-reserves.

January 11, 2012

"We’re prepared for any action we have to take to get our members the improved contracts they’ve earned,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.

November 30, 2011

"Workers are being told to work longer, pay more and receive less," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President. "We stand in solidarity with each and every UNISON member in the fight for decent pensions. Enough is enough."

November 29, 2011


New research published by the Tax Justice Network shows that tax evasion costs governments around the world more than US$3.1 trillion annually.

November 28, 2011

Help push back B.C.'s antidemocratic legislation. Fight Bill 18!

November 21, 2011

"We need to work together to force them to put people before tax cuts and excessive corporate profits." - James Clancy, NUPGE President.

November 17, 2011

Politics, more than the economy and technology, has a greater impact on rates of unionization.