President's Commentary

The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU/NUPGE) members who are fighting to stop the 34 publicly owned liquor stores from closing aren’t just fighting to protect their fellow union members. They are fighting for everyone in Saskatchewan.

(2022-11-28)Read more

The cynical attempt to promote for-profit health care or pay-for-plasma schemes tells us that far too many governments and corporate leaders simply want to ignore the lessons of the pandemic to further their own financial interests. We mustn’t let this happen.

(2022-09-02)Read more

Just because it’s happening down there, don’t for a minute think that Canada is immune from these types of rollbacks. Every year we hear individual Conservative politicians raise the issue of abortion and push to get it on the national agenda. Under Erin O’Toole’s leadership, 81 Conservative MPs, the majority of their caucus, voted to reopen the debate on a women’s right to choose.

(2022-05-06)Read more

The labour movement has been a huge part of my life. I have always believed that the union movement is absolutely crucial to our country and our world. Without the work of the labour movement, we would be a poorer, less equal, and less democratic society. That is a demonstrable fact. 

(2022-03-02)Read more

If you were part of the protest and you made no move to counter the disgusting behaviour, if you knew this was happening and you stayed because you were having so much fun, as one protester put it, then you were part of the problem. 

(2022-02-03)Read more

Privatization, for-profit medical facilities, ‘experiments’ with for-profit care, and for-profit care delivered through virtual health care systems, should be red flags for us all. We need to look no further than our patchwork systems of long-term care to see the damage done by chronic underfunding, the lack of national standards, and profit-based health care. 

(2022-02-03)Read more

As a union, we have always believed that great things can happen when we work together. This time is no different. We will keep fighting for good jobs with good wages, safe working conditions, and decent pensions. We will continue to fight for better communities and workplaces, free from racism and intolerance. We will fight to make equality and fairness part of any recovery.

(2021-12-15)Read more

"While we might not like going to the polls, we need to seize this opportunity to tell the government what we need to rebuild. We need investments in green technology to create good jobs to address climate change and boost our economy. We need to put money and resources back into health care, community services, and other areas of the public sector that neoliberal policies at the federal and provincial levels stripped away. The need to pay workers living wages and full benefits has never been clearer. Without this, we will see potentially catastrophic consequences." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-09-03)Read more

"It is critical to note that vaccinations alone are not enough to stop the spread of the virus. Employers have a duty to continue to provide proper PPE to workers, and to ensure workplace infection prevention and control measures are adhered to. Our position cannot be taken as repealing the employers’ legal obligation to protect workers’ health." — NUPGE

(2021-08-26)Read more

Canada would gain at least $11 billion per year in corporate tax revenue from a global minimum tax rate at 21%, according to a study released by international corporate tax experts.

(2021-04-14)Read more

"We will continue to advocate for our members, but also ensure that the recovery benefits everyone. Our future can be inclusive and fair, with the importance of public services more recognized than ever, where we take better care of our children and our seniors and everyone in between, and where we can reduce income and social inequality. We can build a healthier and safer country for everyone. In fact, it's not only that we can — we must." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-03-11)Read more

The goodness of each and every one of us has been on display this year, and I am so very grateful for how you have all contributed to bettering the world in which we live. We know that in the new year we will face more challenges to our core values and in our work. Governments will, no doubt, ring the austerity bell once again. We have faced this before. We will remain vigilant and push back against the ideas that weaken our communities. Together in solidarity, we will continue to work for the common good, while opposing corporate greed and those who wish to trample on our human rights at home and around the world. Our solidarity knows no borders.

(2020-12-21)Read more

Let us offer solidarity to our neighbours in the U.S. Let us mourn the deaths, and let us vow to redouble our efforts to keep this poison of racism from growing in Canada. 

(2020-06-04)Read more

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? 

(2020-04-12)Read more

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

(2020-03-13)Read more

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

(2020-01-27)Read more

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.

(2020-01-09)Read more

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.

(2019-12-18)Read more

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

(2019-10-30)Read more

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.

(2019-09-27)Read more