The message that institutions should be broadcasting on International Youth Day is that young people are already here. They’ve showed up. They’re doing the work. They’ve been doing the work for years.
In the face of the climate emergency, workers and their unions must take action to ensure a more just and sustainable future. As the young climate strikers have underscored, we have an obligation to act — not only for ourselves, but for generations to come.
“We stand in solidarity with the young people at the forefront of demanding meaningful action on climate change” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Any strategy for youth that doesn't engage youth in the planning process will fail. It's critical that they're involved from step one.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We have been communicating with the government for years about the crisis in Child Welfare, and although some efforts have been made, our child welfare system is in desperate need of support now." —Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"We know that a majority of young workers (58%) believe that unions play an important, and very, important role in Canada. Only 6% believe unions have never played an important role and do more harm than good. That's good news!" — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
There are many ways we are pitted against each other every day. We allow issues to divide us. But the more we listen and share, the more we find that we are connected
“The fact our members overwhelmingly voted to join OPSEU/NUPGE in the largest organizing drive in Canadian history sends a strong message that times are changing. I hope this employer will work with us and make sure our members get a fair contract." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Public Services International, a Global Union Federation, is recognizing the contribution's of the world's young people and urging support for young workers.
Young workers today are facing many social and workplace issues. However, many have taken these challenges as an opportunity to create positive change, and to impact their communities for the better.