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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.” —

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

President's Commentary: Sweetheart deal for wealthy tax avoiders

By giving KPMG customers an amnesty, the CRA is saying that those guilty of the worst offences will get off lightly, while those guilty of less severe offences will face serious penalties. For the overwhelming majority of Canadians, that is deeply offensive.

Mar 17, 2016

President's Commentary: If all the world's a stage, public service workers finally get a starring role

A play called The Public Servant is about to open in Toronto and will help put a human face on all the caring and hard-working people in our public service.

Feb 29, 2016

If you have a family, then you almost certainly rely on Community Service Workers

Please spare a moment to think about all the Community Service Workers standing ready in case your family needs help or support. In fact, your family is probably already receiving support from one of these workers.

Feb 12, 2016

President's Commentary: Repealing anti-union laws is a win for all Canadians

The demise of those bills will be cause for all of us to celebrate. Let’s hope this represents the beginning of a new and important era of respect for labour rights and working people in Canada by our federal government.

Feb 1, 2016