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President’s Commentary: Wall government’s Bill 80 is pay back to big business and phony unions

(16 Oct. 2009) - The objectives of the legislation are threefold: to eliminate sectoral bargaining, to allow the establishment of employer-dominated company unions and to greatly reduce the power of unions in the construction industry.

Oct 15, 2009

President's Commentary: Cruel and needless recession hangs like a cloud over Labour Day 2009

(31 Aug. 2009) - 'I ask you to reflect on the victims of this powerful recession and to speak out for the changes that our government must make if we are to build a better world for ourselves and our families.'

Sep 3, 2009

President’s commentary: Still waiting after 60 years

(28 July 2009) - Why is Canada still refusing to ratify ILO Convention No. 98 – the right to form unions and bargain collectively? After 60 years, the federal government has run out of excuses. Even the Supreme Court of Canada has recognized this right. - James Clancy.

Jul 27, 2009

Clancy praises B.C. forest service firefighters

(22 July 2009) - "My heart goes out to all those families whose lives have been disrupted by the fires. I can’t imagine what they have felt." - James Clancy.

Jul 22, 2009

President’s commentary: Canada's shameful refusal to ratify the ILO convention on forced labour

(18 June 2009) - Canada has a shameful secret, says NUPGE president James Clancy. It is one of only nine countries in the world that have failed to ratify the International Labour Organization's Convention No. 29 on Forced Labour.

Jun 17, 2009

President’s Commentary: Lies about the deficit

(2 June 2009) - Canada's social infrastructure is starving for funds despite right-wing lies about the cause of Jim Flaherty's projected $50 billion deficit.

Jun 2, 2009

President’s Commentary: The Harper government refuses to stop credit card companies from gouging

(24 May 2009) - As long as Harper and his cabinet let the big banks write the rules, we'll continue to have a financial system that's good for them and bad for everyone else.

May 24, 2009

President’s Commentary: A people’s response to the economic crisis

(18 May 2009) - The “experts” had their chance. We tried it their way. It didn’t work. Now it’s our turn. It’s our turn to ensure our governments find real economic alternatives that work for everybody. — Commentary by NUPGE president James Clancy.

May 19, 2009

President’s Commentary: Financial Post excuses corporations by blaming unions for the recession

(31 March 2009) - The same corporate 'experts' who flattened the stock market and triggered the economic crisis with relentless deregulation are now claiming that higher wages for workers is bad for the economy — Commentary by NUPGE president James Clancy.

Mar 30, 2009

President’s Commentary: Pension debate must focus on expanding Canada's public pensions system

(20 March 2009) - The second of two commentaries by James Clancy, national president of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), on the challenges facing pension plans in Canada. Read first commentary

Mar 20, 2009