"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.
"Obstacles don't end on campus. It is more difficult to find good paying, steady jobs to keep up with these rising costs and with their rising debt. The federal government has an obligation to ensure our students have a solid future. It needs to take action now." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“Young workers are a politically-conscious group and increasingly active in their unions. Their leadership in workplaces and unions will shape the future of work and how we respond to the precarious economy.” — Hassan Yussuff, President of the CLC.
"The more this election unfolds, the more I see the urgency of motivating young Canadians to get out and cast their votes." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Report reveals there have been only four prosecutions related to teen employment in Alberta since 2000 despite lack of oversight, investigation and enforcement of regulations.
Edmonton (10 Sept. 2015) — A new study released by Parkland Institute raises concerns about the safety and unfair working conditions of many young people across Alberta. The Institute has found that many Alberta teens are working in prohibited occupations or face unsafe workplaces, and that the provincial government has failed to effectively enforce the employment regulations in place to protect them.
"You don’t need a break on tuition. Mother Earth can look after the environment herself. And well-paying, secure jobs are overrated."