Early Childhood Education | National Union of Public and General Employees

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.


November 30, 2008

The Superior Court of Quebec has declared unconstitutional two pieces of legislation denying certain home care and child care workers their right to join a union and other labour rights.

November 24, 2008

The Australian experience should teach the Harper government a lesson

October 8, 2008

'Time to vote for the party you trust most to deliver a universal, community-based child care system.'

October 4, 2007

Shelagh Germyn trekking 260 kilometres from Campbell River to Victoria

September 11, 2007

Mediation ends as employer continues to demand rollbacks

May 13, 2014

“We always knew Hudak’s positions on a score of issues were extremist, but a job-killing plan on this scale will help destroy the economic health of communities across Ontario."  Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.

February 10, 2014

Sign the petition calling on the government of Canada to work with the provinces and territories to increase the number of good quality and affordable child care spaces in Canada.

July 16, 2013

Workers back bargaining priorities with strike vote.

May 14, 2013

Elephanttalk.ca is intended to start the conversation for Manitobans to share their concerns and their stories about public services in Manitoba.

May 3, 2013

 “The inconsistency in what government is saying and what government is doing is unbelievable. There is clearly a credibility issue here.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.