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President's Commentary: Every day heroes. Heroes Every Day

And what about the long list of workers that have been deemed essential during this pandemic? People who work in our grocery and convenience stores, at gas stations, or who provide food delivery.  These are also the heroes we’re hearing about. Would you have seen them that way before the pandemic broke out? 

Apr 2, 2020

President's Commentary: More reasons than ever to support public health care

We are always grateful for our strong public system of health care, but never more so than during a time of uncertainty. We are confident in the knowledge that we have highly trained, experienced public sector workers on the frontline helping to protect our communities during this stressful period

Mar 13, 2020

President's Commentary: 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

World War II saw some of the darkest days of our civilization.

Jan 27, 2020

President's Commentary: Australia bushfires — NUPGE wildland firefighters answer the call

In the face of terrible devastation and extreme danger, NUPGE wildland firefighters volunteer to fight what is being called the worst season of bush fires in Australian history.

Jan 9, 2020

President's Commentary: We need a Canadian discussion about workers' rights

US Democratic candidates are debating the need for legislation that will defend, and expand, workers' rights. Isn't it time we saw Canadian politicians start to talk about implementing similar progressive policies? Make 2020 the year we demand lofty goals to improve the lives of all working people.

Dec 18, 2019

President's Commentary: Protests worldwide share dissatisfaction with the status quo

Despite their diversity, these cases of civil unrest are commonly rooted in deeply structural issues.

Oct 30, 2019

President’s Commentary: Why workers must join the call for climate action

In the face of the climate emergency, workers and their unions must take action to ensure a more just and sustainable future. As the young climate strikers have underscored, we have an obligation to act — not only for ourselves, but for generations to come.

Sep 27, 2019

President's Commentary: Unions at the heart of democracy

We need to use our power to shape our country and our government so it acts for the common good of the many, not for the chosen few.

Aug 28, 2019

President's Commentary: Does Jason Kenney believe in democracy? 

In Alberta, with Jason Kenney's new government, if you dare to dissent from his view of the tar sands or the energy sector, you will be faced with a well-financed ‘war room’ smear campagin, funded largely by taxpayers' dollars, to discredit you and your message.

Jul 15, 2019

President's Commentary: Liberal government tries to force bad TPP deal through Parliament at breakneck speed

This is a bad deal for Canadians.  Even the government, trying to prove this is a good deal, released a study that proves the opposite.  The so-called benefits of the TPP are so minor that we need a magnifying glass to see them, while the loss of jobs and the stagnation of wages will be unfortunately far too easy to spot.

Sep 21, 2018