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President's Commentary

For the Conservatives, only wealthy families matter, but for the rest of Canada, income inequality continues to grow

“If the well-being of Canadian children was a priority for this government, they would be putting a national child care program ahead of yet another tax cut for the wealthy.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Oct 31, 2014

President's Commentary: Critics of universal child care are flat wrong to suggest it limits parental freedom

Universal child care can be a money-maker for government, wind under the wings of student achievement, and a powerful force for equality between women and men. What’s to stop us? Only the ignorant—perhaps willful—misrepresentations of universal child care coming from the federal Tories and dogmatic newspaper columnists.

Oct 23, 2014

Canada Revenue Agency charity audits – Due process or dangerous for democracy?

Without the right to dissent, democracy is made impossible.

Sep 22, 2014

President's Commentary: Unions have always been about fairness

The Fairness Express is on the road on Labour Day to remind Canadians of the need for fairness.

Aug 29, 2014

President's Commentary: U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts take different views on labour rights

“The U.S. Supreme Court decision is disturbing to both U.S. and Canadian workers. It gives further fodder to those anti-union corporate extremists and right-wing politicians on both sides of the border to continue their ongoing assault on labour rights and the ability of unions to effectively represent working people.”

Jul 8, 2014

President's Commentary: Universal child care and early childhood education will help us all

"Like universal health care in the rest of the country, universal child care and early childhood education has become almost universally popular in Quebec and it's easy to see why." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Apr 2, 2014

President's Commentary: We stand on a precipice. We must speak up, and loudly, about why unions matter

If there’s ever been a time for us to speak up loudly about why unions matter — and to actively support politicians who do the same — it is now. If we don’t, we will doom our children, grandchildren and perhaps even our great grandchildren to more poverty, discrimination, and authoritarianism.

Jan 17, 2014

President's Commentary: Privatization is not the answer at Canada Post, modernization is

We have encouraged innovation. We have encouraged modernization. We have encouraged Canada Post to find ways to attract more users. We have encouraged public engagement and consultation on the future of our postal service. Yet, we've seen none of that.

Dec 19, 2013

President's Commentary: Alberta's Bills 45 and 46: One of the worst attacks on labour rights in decades

“These proposed laws are a blatant violation of Canadians' fundamental rights to freedom of association and expression as contained in Canada's Charter.  Equally offensive is the undemocratic way the Redford government introduced the legislation and the dictatorial process by which it intends to pass the two anti-union laws.”

Dec 5, 2013

President's Commentary: Labour Day 2013 - Unions matter more than ever before

NUPGE is launching a monthly contest for the best video, poem or song submission about “Why Unions Matter” – to you, your family, community and country.

Aug 30, 2013