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Unions Matter

How the Ability of Labour Unions to Reduce Income Inequality and Influence Public Policy has been affected by Regressive Labour Laws. 

A paper from the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights, presented at the International Conference on Labour Rights, March 2013

W4C Facts about Women and Economic Well-being

This pamphlet looks at seven facts that affect women and their economic well-being.  These facts include pay inequity, lack of child care and the economic effects of caregiving on women.

Women 4 Change

No Way to Show We Care

This leaflet summarizes the history of cuts to this sector and the crisis the funding shortfall has created.  This piece outlines solutions that will provide stability to the sector and revitalize care for the most vulnerable in our society.

Women Empowering Women

This leaflet describes the need for support of women in communities across Canada. It takes stock of the continued inequity faced by women and reflects on the challenges faced by Women's Centres and the services they offer 24/7. Finally, it is a call to recognize the hard work done by staff and the need for government action to support the workers and these services.

Privatization by Stealth - The Truth about Social Impact Bonds

NUPGE's updated report on Social Impact Bonds explains how they work and how they will harm public services and increase costs. The report also provides information on research that found that, even if Social Impact Bonds work as claimed, the costs will exceed any possible savings.

The real cost of communicating

Why are Canadians charged some of the highest fees in the world which provide for some of the highest revenues while having some of the lowest rates of cell phone usage? Why is the government standing idly by refusing to play a role in regulating this industry?

Smart Money: Consumer self-defence for times like these

The first 34 very good reasons - Volume 1

Unions Matter: a reader is a collection of work from a variety of sources telling the story of the power of unions and their members. The writings come from authors, poets, singer-songwriters sharing why unions matter to them. The reader also contains the work from the Why Unions Matter contest winners.

Unions Matter: a reader

Unions Matter contributors and early reviews

Top 5 Ways to Get Government to Confront the Climate Crisis

This leaflet describes the top five actions governments should take to meet and beat greenhouse gas emission reductions required to keep our climate in check. It encourages readers to take action by writing their municipal, provincial and federal government representatives with these top five priorities.

Why Unions Matter contest poster

Signposts on the Road to Fairness

This small and easily distributed handbill uses the Fairness Express campaign's "Road to Fairness" concept to outline the All Together Now! campaign analysis of the major causes—and cures—of rising income inequality.  Income inequality rises when a country travels a path towards unfair taxes, declining public services, eroded labour rights and no industrial strategy.  Income inequality eases when we head instead for tax fairness, quality public services, labour rights and a modern industrial strategy.

Only Fair is Fair. Income Inequality Isn't

This six-page pamphlet is for the people we meet during the Fairness Express campaign. In simple but detailed terms, it spells out why tax fairness, quality public services, labour rights, and a modern industrial strategy are all key to reducing income inequality.

Fact Sheet 1 International Labour Organization

Canadian Foundation for Labour Rgihts

Fact Sheet 2 Canada's International Commitment to Promote Freedom of Association

Canadian Foundation for Labour Rgihts

Fact Sheet 3 Canada's Record at the ILO

Canadian Foundation for Labour Rgihts

Fact 4 Summary of Legislation Restricting Collective Bargaining

Canadian Foundation for Labour Rgihts

Fact Sheet 5 Unions Have Always Been A Positive Force in Society

Canadian Foundation for Labour Rgihts

Income Inequality in Atlantic Canada

The final report of the East Coast portion of the Fairness Express campaign, Income Inequality in Atlantic Canada details some of the many consequences of rising income inequality as discovered by NUPGE activists as they visited more than 30 communities in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Across the region, the activists people concerned about rising income inequality but unsure how it can be reduced, giving the activists a chance to engage in more than 3,000 one-to-one conversations about the ATN analysis.

Unions Matter: A Reader, Volume One

For many people and for many reasons: unions matter.

NUPGE publishes a quarterly journal dedicated to the myriad ways in which unions matter and it’s unlike anything else you've seen. Quips, quotes and even the occasional quatrain from people like Matt Damon, Ken Dryden, the Pope, Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and, of course, Homer Simpson.

Unions Matter: A Reader

Privatizaton: Same Old Game. Brand New Threats!

Privatization is about corporations making a profit from public services. That doesn't change with new forms of privatization. This pamphlet looks at what behind new forms of privatization, what they look like and what we can do to fight them.

New Forms of Privatization

Since privatization first reared its ugly head, there has been a constant push to find new ways for the private sector to make money from public services. This report provides details of what new forms of privatization and what we can do to fight them.

Social Impact Bonds: A New Way to Privatize Public Services

Governments across Canada and around the world are using Social Impact Bonds to privatize public services. This report looks at the problems, the costs, and the loss of accountability that come with Social Impact Bonds.

Mowed Down: Dismantling the Canaddian Wheat Board. Who Will Really Reap the Rewards

For 77 years the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) ensured Canadian grain farmers got the best possible price for their crops. Even though a majority of farmers wanted to keep the CWB, the Conservative government dismantled it. Mowed Down explains why.

Top 10 Reasons to Worry About Social Impact Bonds

Social Impact Bonds are another way for governments to borrow money without it showing up on the books as debt.  IN the process social services are privatized with investor profits and the new layers of bureaucracy Social Impact Bonds require pushing up costs.  Because the intermediary organizations providing services must make a profit for investors, those most in need will have nowhere to go if it is too difficult or too expensive to help them.

Surviving the Credit Crunch

The third piece in the consumer advocacy series Smart Money: Consumer self-defense for times like these. Surviving the Credit Crunch takes a look at the debt load of Canadians as they try to recover from the 2008 recession. Debt is at an all-time high for Canadians and corportions are making a killing from us. From the gouging interest rates charged by banks and credit card companies to ever-rising ATM fess to predatory loans, this publication lays out the problems but also provides way people can fight back. 

Scavengers in the Debit Crisis: Payday Loans

Another pamphlet in the NUPGE series: Smart Money: Consumer self-defense for times like these. Scavengers in the debt crisis exposes the predatory nature of the Pay Day Loan industry in Canada. The piece explains the regulations by province, if any, to ensure readers understand what the companies can charge. The publication also sets out steps Canadians and our government can take to regulate the industry to protect people from outrageous interest and behaviour. The Smart Money series provides straightforward yet critical information on issues like these that families face today — and advice on how the public can fight back.

The Real Cost of Communicating

The first in the Smart Money: Consumer self-defense for times like theseThe Real Cost of Communicating is a 12-page pamphlet detailing the struggles consumers are having with the telecommunications industry as well as their own government in Ottawa. The Smart Money series provides straightforward yet critical information on issues like these that families face today — and advice on how the public can fight back.

Smart Money

Freedom of Association, the Right to Bargain Collectively and the Right to Organize

This paper provides an historical overview the scope of protection of workers' rights provided by Canadian courts in their interpretation of section 2(d) – freedom of association of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights

Right to Work Laws are All Wrong

This is a pamphlet summarizing NUPGE's research paper and counters the corporate myths behind 'right to work' legislation.  It concludes the 'right to work laws only create more income inequality, not more jobs.

Right to Work Laws

This primer counters all the myths surrounding 'Right to Work'' laws. Contrary to what the name suggests, 'Right to Work' laws have nothing to do with the right to paid employment. Instead, what they really do is make it easier for corporations to drive down wages for all workers. That’s why those who’ve seen what they do call them “Right to Work for Less” laws.

NEB Statement on Wisconsin and Labour Rights

This statement was issued by NUPGE's National Executive Board in March 2011 condemning the Governor of Wisconsin for his attack on public services and the law he introduced that stripped 175,000 public employees of their collective bargaining rights.  It makes the connection on how the attack on labour rights weakens democracy, destroys good jobs, produces greater income inequality and threatens the economic and social well-being of ordinary citizens.

A Plan for Pensions

This pamphlet, published under the auspices of the National Union's Action on Retirees' Concerns (NUARC) Committee, offers a realistic, affordable and effective plan to rebuild and reform Canada's pension system.

Government Wrongs. Don't Change Our Rights.

This pamphlet provides a summary of a March 2012 International Labour Organization report reviewing the extent of Canada’s compliance to the ILO’s most fundamental Convention – No. 87, Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize.  The report cites over 20 instances where governments across Canada have refused to change labour laws the ILO has ruled in the past to be not in compliance with Convention No. 87.

Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights

Summary of Current Charter Challenges Impacting on Union Security in Canada

This publication provides a summary of cases before the courts that challenge labour laws on the basis that they violate Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  It provides summaries of some 27 Charter challenges and is divided into three sections: challenges heard by the Supreme Court of Canada and decisions are pending; current challenges before the Courts; and, challenges where a final decision has been rendered in the last two years, either by the Supreme Court of Canada, or a lower Court and the decision was not appealed.

Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights

Breach of the Peace

Breach of the Peace, a report of the public hearings held by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) in November 2010 regarding the flagrant disregard for human rights, civil liberties and the basic rule of law by police during the June 2010 Toronto G20 Summit.

No Sweat: Changing Our Clothes to Change Lives

A sweatshop is a work environment where employees toil for long hours in unsafe conditions for low pay.  Sweatshop conditions are the norm in the apparel industry around the world and exist globally in many sectors.  It doesn't have to be this way.  Around the world, garment workers are organizing in their workplaces and communities to improve working conditions and end sweatshop abuses.  One of the best ways for us to support these workers is to become more conscious of what we buy and how it is made.  Better still we can change how our employers or governments purchase clothes and goods and services to pressure an industry to change. 'No Sweat' purchasing policies restrict a workplace to purchasing uniforms, goods and services that are made in factories that comply with internationally recognized labour standards based on Conventions of the United Nations and the International Labour Organization.  A 'No Sweat' policy says "no" to child labour, forced labour, discrimination, harassment and abuse, and "yes" to fair wages and hours of work as well as workers rights and safe, healthy working conditions.

Robin Hood Was Right

There are creative ideas and policies that can make the international financial system more secure AND pay for public services AND fight climate change-abroad and at home! The Robin Hood Tax is a proposal for a tiny tax (as low as 0.05%) on trades in stocks, bonds,
currencies, "derivatives" and other financial products. It would NOT affect ordinary consumers. It also could generate billions internationally to fight global poverty, and fund global public goods, such as health care, and to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

A tax on financial transactions could also play a role in creating greater stability of the financial system by reducing risky short-term speculation that is fueled by greed and which was a major cause of the current economic crisis.  Banks and financial institutions benefited for decades from the absence of meaningful regulation. This absence of regulation and their unbridled greed are largely responsible for the recent economic crisis. It is time for them to pay their fair share.

Community-based Social Services

Federal transfer payments to the provinces, through the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and the Canada Social Transfer (CST), help fund public Medicare, post-secondary education and other important public services.  These important blocks of funding will be re-negotiated in 2014 by Harper and the Premiers. We need to ensure these transfers are protected and strengthened.  The three fact sheets look at the facts and importance of these transfers for Public Post-Secondary Education, Community-based Social Services and Medicare.

Canada Transfer Fact Sheet

Our Medicare

Federal transfer payments to the provinces, through the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and the Canada Social Transfer (CST), help fund public Medicare, post-secondary education and other important public services.  These important blocks of funding will be re-negotiated in 2014 by Harper and the Premiers. We need to ensure these transfers are protected and strengthened.  The three fact sheets look at the facts and importance of these transfers for Public Post-Secondary Education, Community-based Social Services and Medicare.

Canada Transfer Fact Sheet

Public Post-Secondary Education

Federal transfer payments to the provinces, through the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and the Canada Social Transfer (CST), help fund public Medicare, post-secondary education and other important public services.  These important blocks of funding will be re-negotiated in 2014 by Harper and the Premiers. We need to ensure these transfers are protected and strengthened.  The three fact sheets look at the facts and importance of these transfers for Public Post-Secondary Education, Community-based Social Services and Medicare.

Canada Transfer Fact Sheets

Here They Go Again! Negotiating Federal Transfers to the Provinces

In 2014 the federal Health Accord regarding the funding of the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and, by extension, the Canada Social Transfer (CST), came up for renegotiation.  Unfortunately, many of our politicians and business leaders want to cut these transfers and cut those services.  We have had decades of tax cuts, tax breaks, deregulation, privatization and it brought our economy and our nation to the brink. Cuts to these transfers mean longer waiting times, larger caseloads in social services, higher tuition fees and poorer public services overall.  For workers, cuts in transfers mean layoffs and working longer and harder to keep up with the needs of the public they serve.  We need to work together to force them to put people before tax cuts and excessive corporate profits. We need to invest more money to keep that most prized jewel of Canadians-Medicare-strong.

The Internet: Accessibility & Net Neutrality

Access to the Internet is rapidly becoming a necessity for many in the developed and developing world. In a very real way access to the Internet, in particular the high-speed broadband capability, is becoming yet another defining factor between the world's haves and have-nots.  This digital divide exists both between countries and within a country. It is not only between the have countries of the developed world and the have-nots of the developing world but between rich and poor, urban and rural in Canada.  In addition, some corporations want to create a two-tier Internet that would allow them to slow or even block content that is not in their corporate interests.  This issue is called Network Neutrality the "principle that all Internet traffic be treated equally, regardless of origin, destination, or application type."  This is not an issue solely about corporate profit or the growing power of telecommunications companies - it is also about the rights of citizens to exercise control over one of the greatest innovations in communications history.  Should these companies succeed, it will undermine the Internet's level playing field and will make it much more difficult for the small and independent voice to be heard on the web.

Net Neutrality and Digital Democracy

Some corporations want to create a two-tier Internet that would allow them to slow or even block content that is not in their corporate interests.  This issue is called Network Neutrality the "principle that all Internet traffic be treated equally, regardless of origin, destination, or application type."  This is not an issue solely about corporate profit or the growing power of telecommunications companies - it is also about the rights of citizens to exercise control over one of the greatest innovations in communications history.  Should these companies succeed, it will undermine the Internet's level playing field and will make it much more difficult for the small and independent voice to be heard on the web.
 

Submission to the Parliamentary Committee on the Review of the Progress in Implementing the 2004 Health Accord

Submission by the National Union to the Parliamentary Committee on the Review of the Progress in Implementing the 2004 Health Accord.  National Union members who work in health care have a wealth of experience and knowledge and an important perspective on the implementation of the 2004 Health Accord. The document presents comments and recommendations in the spirit of helping to improve and expand upon Canada's crown jewel of public programs - Medicare.

Canada's Medicare System: Building on the Legacy

Our Medicare is the triumph of values and economics.  It provides all Canadians with equal access to care on the basis of need, not wealth, privilege or status.  A large majority of Canadians are highly satisfied with the quality and standard of care Medicare gives them. Over the last 40 years our Medicare has served us very well. Our Medicare is worth celebrating and defending.  But more than that, our Medicare is, quite simply, a good and sensible idea that works.  But there is room for improvement. It is up to us to press for and win those improvements and still stay true to the idea and ideals of a universal, public health care system.

A People's Contract: Medicare Pledge

A tool to be used during election campaigns asking candidates for public office to pledge to make health care a priority issue.  Candidates declare their support and, if elected, commitment to work for the implementation of three items of a health care agenda:  1) an end to the expansion of private, for profit, health care; 2) improving and expanding Senior Care services; and 3) the establishment of a national PharmaCare program to cover not just catastrophic medications but all medically necessary drugs.

Trading Up: NUPGE Trade Backgrounder

When discussing various national and international trade agreements the alphabet soup of acronyms and range of issues quickly becomes confusing.  However, it is important that Canadians understand what our government is negotiating in our name and what the impact of these agreements will be on our economy, democracy and society.  This background document provides and introduction and overview of four of the most important agreements: The World Trade Organization's General Agreement on Trade in Services; Continental Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP); The Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA); and, Atlantica.

Scary Business: Trade Investment Labour Mobility Agreement

The Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) was initiated by the governments of Alberta and British Columbia in April 2006.  An inter-provincial trade agreement designed to "free" trade and commerce between the two provinces. TILMA is clearly of business, by business and for business. " Its sweeping  provisions impact almost everything our governments do, and affect every level of government as well as hospitals and school boards. The two provinces are already talking about expanding the agreement across the country.

A People's Response to the Economic Crisis Fact Sheets

In the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis the National Union organized 26 town hall meetings in communities across the country to hear Canadians views on how to improve our economy.  To help provide some background information for participants to the town hall meetings a series of fact sheets were produced on issues of importance to Canadians.  These included: Retirement Security; Employment Insurance (EI); The Role of the Banks; A New Green Economy; Public Services; The Impact on Women; Elder Care; and, Corporate Media.

Key Findings of the Quality of Women's Lives Survey

The Quality of Women's Lives project focuses on the issue of life/work balance and the additional stresses women face balancing their family responsibilites with their workplace responsibilities.  The National Union conducted a survey which identified the reality that women are experiencing increased stress juggling issues such as child care and elder care, growing personal and health concerns, workplace pressures and economic insecurity.  The Key Findings of the Quality of Women's Lives Survey is a compilation of the results of the survey as well as the latest research statistics.

Pharmacare: The right prescription

Why don't we have a national pharmacare program yet?

 

Medicare 2.0 Expand. Improve

Home care: So good to be home

Why don't we have a national home care program yet?

Medicare 2.0 Expand. Improve

Long-term care: Here's to life

Medicare 2.0 Expand. Improve

International Conference on the New Forms of Privatization Report

Conference Report outlines tricks of privatization industry and tactics to fight back.

"Fighting privatization will not be easy. But as we learned during the International Conference on the New Forms of Privatization, it's a fight that we can and will win," says NUPGE National President James Clancy.

International Conference on New Forms of Privatization - Conference Report

Conference Report outlines tricks of privatization industry and tactics to fight back.

"Fighting privatization will not be easy. But as we learned during the International Conference on the New Forms of Privatization, it's a fight that we can and will win," says NUPGE National President James Clancy.

Black History Month (February)

Posters for People

ILO and the Right to Strike provincial and territorial labour minister letter

ILO and the Right to Strike Letter to Federal Labour Minister

Who Watches the Watchers: Bill C-51

This publication outlines problems contained in the federal Conservative government's new, and far reaching, anti-terrorism bill. Bill C-51 lacks oversight and review mechanisms while giving increased powers to Canada's security agencies. Find out why Bill C-51 is such a dangerous piece of legislation.

Unions Matter: A Reader, Volume Two

For many people and for many reasons: unions matter.

NUPGE publishes a quarterly journal dedicated to the myriad ways in which unions matter and it’s unlike anything else you've seen. Quips, quotes and even the occasional quatrain from people like Matt Damon, Ken Dryden, the Pope, J. K. Rowling, Bruce Springsteen, Rick Mercer, Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and, of course, Homer Simpson.

Unions Matter: A Reader

The Harper Casebook

A quick review of the kind of government Stephen Harper has given us during his three terms as prime minister of Canada.

Guide to Negotiating Essential Services

This is a guide to aid NUPGE Components in negotiating fair and reasonable Essential Services language in the event of a labour disputre.

Three Ways Unions Matter

A Young Person Graphically Organizes Three Ways Unions Matter, by Nicholas LeBlanc

Why Unions Matter Contest

2015 Federal Election Voting Guide

Louis Fournier tribute

Louis Fournier. 

1948-2014

A personal remembrance by James Clancy

Community Service Workers Conference Report

Pension Basics Webinar Series

This pamphlet summaries the NUPGE's webinar series on pensions. There will be 5 webinars: 

  • Canada’s retirement system
  • Plan funding and the role of the actuary
  • Pension investment
  • Pension law
  • Capital Stewardship

Pension Basica Webinar Series

Colleges and Institutes Canada - Essential Skills Social Pilot

SIB repayment grid for Colleges and Institutes Social Impact Pilot

Letter to Minister Mihychuk banning asbestos

Protecting public services 5 point plan

How to protect public services.

Webstory email template

NUPGE Submission on the Canada Infrastructure Bank, May 2017

NUPGE's submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce on the problems with the proposed legislation to set up the Canada Infrastructure Bank in Division 18 of Bill C-44, the 2017 budget implementation bill.

National Union Pension Conference Report