President's Commentary

President's Commentary: Let’s not get distracted

"We could retake control of our own economy, rather than allow every major decision to be made by corporations in their own interests.  Imagine an economy that serves the people, instead of the current system where people serve the dictates of the economy — in reality, serve the dictates of large corporations." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Jun 15, 2017

President's Commentary: CETA - the game isn't over

CETA was passed with no evidence whatsoever of any benefit arising for the people of either the EU or Canada.  CETA is good because it is good, and it is good because it is good.  One can hear more sophisticated reasoning in almost any kindergarten class.

Ottawa (15 Feb. 2017) — The CETA Scorecard stands at Multinational Corporations 1, the People 0. But the game isn’t nearly over.

Feb 15, 2017

President's Commentary: By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes

NUPGE President Larry Brown argues that the temptation to laugh, even if the laugh was bitter, has been erased over the last few days as the Trump administration issued racist and religiously biased travel bans on people traveling to the U.S.

Feb 1, 2017

President's Commentary: Why would unions care about the environment?

Canadians believed they were electing a different kind of government than we had in the last decade. We need to make sure that they will meet that promise, for the common good of all of us. 

Oct 3, 2016

President's Commentary: Labour Day renews our commitment to stand in solidarity for justice and equality

"The National Union and its Components have fought these governments and their policies every step of the way. We are ready to put that experience to work again." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Sep 1, 2016

'I'm not stepping out of the fight for fairness, only stepping into a different role in that struggle'

"Values like sharing, caring, love, respect, and taking responsibility for our lives and how we want to be treated. These are the values that define us. They are what breathe meaning into the word solidarity. They are what give motion to our movement." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

Jun 17, 2016

President's Commentary: It’s time for Canada to ratify ILO Convention No. 98

After 67 years, the federal government has run out of excuses. It can no longer justify its refusal to ratify ILO Convention No. 98, since the right to organize and bargain collectively is now recognized as a constitutional right in Canada.

Apr 22, 2016

Activists for a safe blood supply launch cross-country tour in Alberta

Every piece of legislation has a story and we are here to support the Government of Alberta in writing the proper ending to our three decade tragedy by banning the sale of blood and plasma.” — Bloodwatch.org

Apr 4, 2016

Democracy wins a massive victory in the U.S., but just barely

The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a right-wing campaign against unions is cause to celebrate. But it’s also a reminder that we can never let down our guard.

Apr 1, 2016

It’s time for all of us to say thank you to our community service workers

We all  benefit from their efforts to keep our communities healthy, safe, and livable.

Mar 21, 2016