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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

President's Commentary: Let's keep the conversation going

"We have exciting work ahead, full of new conversations about how to make our country, our communities, our workplaces and our lives better. And we want you to continue to be part of it!" - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Aug 2, 2013

President's Commentary: Massive U.S. surveillance needs a response

"Our democracies and our economies depend on our ability to communicate safely and securely with each other and it’s clear that, right now, we can do neither." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Jul 12, 2013

President's Commentary: The outrage that is outsourcing

This one small story illustrates the larger danger of greed unchecked. All of our jobs and all of our communities are vulnerable to outsourcing and its cousin, privatization. These strategies might boost profits, but at a terrible cost.

Apr 10, 2013