"While I’m heartened that firefighters who were unjustly forced to resign due to this test have been vindicated, I’m appalled that government is ignoring a decision supported by the law, an arbitrator, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, and the highest court in Canada." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
Final text weakens and nullifies protections against work discrimination
"The National Union pledges our continued support and commitment to the struggle for full equality and respect for transgender people. Workers need to feel safe no matter their gender identity or expression." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
In a time when anti-immigration and racist sentiments have been parading as nationalism, we need to recognize how expanded powers in the name of national security can have detrimental effects on our society as a whole.
“This historic Supreme Court ruling expands protection to workers against harassment and discrimination to include virtually all who are on the worksite. This ruling recognizes the new reality of modern workplaces and recognizes that harassment can come from different sources rather than only direct superiors.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“If Truth and Reconciliation mean anything to the Prime Minister, and if he is truly the feminist he professes to be, it is time to end the discrimination against First Nations women in Canada." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
The pay equity adjustments for the 3 groups will cost $8.4 million over 10 years. The pay increase at the end of the 10 years will result in hourly rates' increases from as low as just over $2 to as high as almost $9 per hour, depending on the classifications.
“We are facing a crisis when it comes to how Indigenous peoples in this country are treated and nowhere is this more evident than the way the federal Government is racially discriminating against indigenous children.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
This bill is the seventh bill on this issue since 2005. All other bills put forward by the opposition or as private members' bills have met incredible resistance and failure in the Senate. Bill C-16 is the first government-sponsored bill.
Ottawa (16 June 2017) — The struggle to have gender identity and expression protected from discrimination and violence under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code is over.
“We need more than just words to show that the government respects our Charter and provides equal opportunity for economic and social justice for everyone. We need a government that looks for every opportunity to make fairness and equality central to its business." Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer