"We've waited a long time for the government to acknowledge how dangerous asbestos is. Now, we need the federal government to ensure the regulations have some teeth." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
This scholarship is offered in recognition of the efforts and commitment of young workers across Canada who have demonstrated commitment to positively impacting social and workplace issues in their community.
“We, the elected representatives of NUPGE, its staff and its members from across Canada stand in proud solidarity with all those fighting the oppression of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“We encourage the federal government to take meaningful steps to further protect workers from harassment and violence. This impacts every sector.” — Hassan Yussuff, CLC President
"Climate finance is not a gift. And it’s not charity either. It’s a commitment taken based on the capacity and responsibility of the developed world, so that developing countries can start adapting and preparing their economies to the massive changes ahead." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer, at COP23, speaking on behalf of ITUC.
“Today, across Canada, politicians at ceremonies for the National Day of Mourning will be talking about the importance of safe workplaces. But kind words mean little unless they are matched by action. We need the government to take this obligation seriously.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer.
"We have lost a formidable leader who truly understood the intersection of social justice and labour rights." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"The Liberal government has an excellent opportunity as it negotiates a new Health Accord to put concrete measures in place to support people living with AIDS and HIV. This means more funding, more research, increased support systems, and access to more affordable drugs." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"Unions matter because we fight for all these issues, to move them forward and to share the burden. People before us fought to better our lives; we have a responsibility to continue the fight for fairness for those who follow." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President