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The courts have again confirmed that private for-profit health care and the 2-tier system it creates would harm our public health care system and not improve patient access. They have ruled in favour of protecting public health care as constitutional and necessary to protect health care that is delivered based on need and not on the ability to pay.

(2022-07-15)Read more

The hardest hit sector was health care and social services where 13.3% of all workers were absent in January. That represented a 34.3% increase in absences.

(2022-02-09)Read more

"While the world is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we must not forget that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is ongoing. World AIDS Day is an important moment to press for continued action to eradicate HIV/AIDS. Understanding the failures made in dealing with  AIDS can help us better deal with the current pandemic. ” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-11-29)Read more

“The Premier has pledged to fix health care, and it is critical that we remember that long-term care and home care are a part of health care. They cannot be neglected any longer." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

(2021-11-02)Read more

"As we approach the second winter of this pandemic, the impacts on mental health are increasing and demand immediate action. Mental health and well-being have long been ignored or met with caring words, followed by little else. This World Mental Health Day, we are demanding governments show their commitment through action! The pandemic has greatly harmed the mental health of many. As a society, we must take on the challenge of providing support to those struggling with mental health issues." ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-10-07)Read more

"This polling shows that Canadians understand that our LTC system needs to change. Before the vaccines, Canada was the worst country at protecting our seniors in LTC. 80% of pandemic-related deaths were in LTC. Invest and make it public, these are 2 key steps toward better protecting our seniors and the workers who care for them." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-09-17)Read more

The pandemic has proven the critical importance of a strong public health care system. It has also exposed some structural issues in the system. Advocates have long been calling for increased federal investment in public health care and for an expansion of our system beyond doctors and hospitals.

(2021-09-16)Read more

The National Union of Public and General Employees condemns the anti-vaccination protests being conducted outside Canada’s hospitals and health care facilities. Those who have risked so much while working through the pandemic should not be the target of hateful attacks instigated by those seeking political gain.

(2021-09-14)Read more

"After demanding an unreasonable and unnecessary strike deadline extension, Ms. Davis walked away from the table, indicating with high-handed arrogance that they would take their “sweet time” in considering the union’s offer, effectively forcing the workers onto the picket line." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President

(2021-07-07)Read more

"This report by a federal government agency shows how governments and employers failed seniors in long-term care as we went through the first, then the second, wave of COVID. And now they are failing them again in the third wave. Canada cannot continue to ignore this crisis; the impact on residents and workers in these facilities is a national tragedy. To protect our seniors, the Canada Health Act must govern long-term care in Canada." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.

(2021-03-31)Read more

To ensure Canada recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic with minimal loss of life, and without leaving people behind, the federal government has an enormous role to play.

(2021-02-23)Read more

A report looking at the impact of underfunding in long-term care and how privatization makes the problems worse. 

(2021-02-08)Read more

"The crisis in long-term care urgently requires federal action. It is shameful that Canada is the worst country at protecting our vulnerable seniors, having the highest proportion of COVID-19 deaths in our long-term care facilities. NUPGE is pleased that the federal NDP is championing long-term care reform at this critical moment." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-02-05)Read more

While some provincial governments are trying to claim that public spending in the COVID-19 pandemic means austerity policies are unavoidable, the report shows that isn’t the case.  When provincial governments are providing only 8% of funding for COVID-19 measures, provincial governments that are trying to use the pandemic to justify cuts to public services are not being honest.

(2021-01-26)Read more

NUPGE Annual Report: 2020 in Review is a look back on what NUPGE accomplished in 2020.

(2020-12-17)Read more

“Just like Walmart decimated the main streets of so many Ontario communities and the livelihoods of so many workers, this plan will destroy Ontario’s beloved college system.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-12-08)Read more

Private companies focused on specialized services that generated higher profits so primary care and preventative health care services were both starved of resources.

(2020-11-30)Read more

This ongoing pandemic is deepening the mental health crisis. Action is needed now to provide support to people in need. This World Mental Health Day we are raising the alarm and calling for governments to immediately invest in mental health supports ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2020-10-09)Read more

“These workers have been overlooked, overworked, and underpaid for decades, despite our pleas to successive governments. I’m glad to see those issues are finally being addressed." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-10-02)Read more