“These women and men have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the public. All Canadians must remember their names. Our members who are peace officers have a difficult and dangerous job, and this service reminds us of the risks and threats they face." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
"I couldn't be happier with this strong result. But it was the lead-up - the five weeks of intensive organizing, pop-up voting sites and mail-in ballot-collecting - that really forced the public service agency to change its tune"-Stephanie Smith, president of the BCGEU and chair of the union's bargaining committee.
NUPGE Annual Report: 2020 in Review is a look back on what NUPGE accomplished in 2020.
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
We need to take care of ourselves especially now and a big part of being healthy means taking care of our mental health. Stress is a major factor in poor health. And for those who struggle with mental illness, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, these times are especially difficult.
“The meth crisis is taking our city and our province hostage, and we can’t wait any longer.” ― Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
At NUPGE, we are proud that our union has been playing such a strong role in removing the stigma against mental injury in the workplace and working to see that the supports people need are there when they need them.
“We must remember that what happens at work doesn't just stay at work; it doesn't just go away when the uniform comes off or when the shift is over. These workers need and deserve supports in place to deal with their work-related mental health injuries." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Mike Parker, NUPGE NEB member and HSAA President, addressed the PSI World Congress detailing how the labour movement can push legislators to ensure presumptive coverage for mental injuries is available to all workers.
The chilling testimony we’ve already heard is all that’s needed to justify extended protection. This is a win-win scenario for the government and for workers. It’s the right thing to do.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I am deeply honoured to pay tribute to the brave police and peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while keeping our communities safe. They will not be forgotten. Today we remember them, we honour them and we show our deepest respect and gratitude to them."— The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“There are some 45,000 offenders serving their sentences in the community and only 865 probation and parole officers to supervise them. Now we know that 10 per cent of these offenders have fallen off the government’s radar."— Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“I can’t believe the province is allowing public dollars to be spent on hotels and travel expenses for supervisors from Ottawa to work in Peel. All of that money could go into providing better services for children and families." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Workers who get PTSD from their jobs need to be covered by WCB. Join the rally on November 10 to show your support!
“It is noteworthy that the proposed changes will recognize a range of psychological illnesses and injuries that we hope will ensure that all those who need help are able to get it." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
"Ontario now joins Alberta and Manitoba with legislation that creates the presumption that when first responders are diagnosed with PTSD it is work-related," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) is calling for the province to install metal detectors and institute better security measures for theprovince's probation and parole officers.
Report from B.C. government intended to look at escalating violence in province's prisons and community corrections falls short of goals.
"As police and peace officers do in Canada every day, these fallen officers stood for us against elements that threaten the safety and security of our communities" — Canada's Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.
Vince Murray, the founder and first President of the Canadian Peace Officers Memorial Association (CPOMA), and an activist with OPSEU/NUPGE has passed away, leaving a strong legacy for all of Canada's peace officers.