Latest News

Partner Organizations

"PEIUPSE/NUPGE supports the new federal Liberal government in their commitment to repeal this unjust legislation at the earliest possible opportunity." — Karen Jackson, PEIUPSE President

Charlottetown (17 Dec. 2015) — The Fraser Institute once again took aim at unions in a recent opinion piece published in Charlottetown's newspaper The Guardian. Unhappy with the federal election results and the Prime Minister's commitment to enact policies to make labour laws fairer and more balanced, the authors once again defend Bill C-377 and the restrictive labour laws passed by the Conservatives.  
Karen Jackson, President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEIUPSE/NUPGE) wrote the following letter that was published in the newspaper on December 15.

Federal government to introduce legislation allowing RCMP members to join a union and engage in collective bargaining.
Ottawa (08 Dec. 2015) — RCMP officers are a step closer to exercising their rights to join a union and engage in collective bargaining, granted to them nearly a year ago by the Supreme Court of Canada.
On December 7, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced that the government will introduce legislation providing a collective bargaining framework for the RCMP in the next several months. This proposed legislation is in response to a decision earlier this year by the Supreme Court that found the current labour relations system, which is dominated by management, is unconstitutional.
Proposed legislation the result of Supreme Court of Canada decision earlier this year
On January 16, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that RCMP officers have the right to join a union of their own choosing and participate in collective bargaining, free of management interference. The Court gave the government one year to come up with new legislation. Failing that, the RCMP would have automatically fallen under the Public Service Staff Relations Act, legislation that governs collective bargaining for all other federal public service employees.
It appears that the government won't meet that January 2016 deadline and is expected to ask for an extension. Minister Goodale said yesterday that the government will not be in a position to table legislation until the end of February.
Disputes to be settled through binding arbitration and with no right to strike
It is expected that the new legislation will allow RCMP members to be represented by a bargaining agent that is independent from RCMP management. The officers will be declared essential employees, meaning that any disputes not settled through collective bargaining would go to binding arbitration, and officers would not have the right to strike.
Currently, RCMP operate under a non-unionized labour relations system called the Staff Relations Representative Program, which is financed by the RCMP. Officers have the right to be consulted over their pay, benefits and working conditions, but management ultimately has the right to decide on the outcome off those consultations.
RCMP only police force in Canada without a collective agreement
In its 6 to 1 majority decision, the Supreme Court said the current Staff Relations Representative Program "is simply an internal human relations scheme imposed on RCMP members by management. The element of employee choice is almost entirely missing and the structure has no independence from management."

Request for Proposals (RFP) for highways maintenance in the East Kootenay does not include successorship for our members. Will likely result in loss of dedicated and trained employees.

Vancouver (26 Nov. 2015) — The British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) is disappointed to learn the Request for Proposals (RFP) for highways maintenance in the East Kootenay does not include successorship for our members. BCGEU/NUPGE members have the training, local knowledge and many years of experience that is crucial for the maintenance of the roads, bridges and highways in the region.
Trained and professional employees will be lost
“Successorship would have ensured these skilled, experienced workers are employed by the successful bidder,” said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith.
“This is good for the travelling public and stakeholders who rely on professionally maintained roads. Successorship would also deliver value to British Columbia’s taxpayers and protect good, family supporting jobs in the region.”
Union planning next steps
“Our union is reviewing the RFP. It is disappointing that there is no retention of current employees. This would provide continuity of service by highways workers who know the area.  This part of the province includes two mountain ranges and several months of challenging winter driving conditions. Our members know what it takes to keep roads safe in the region,” said Rory Smith, BCGEU vice president Operational Services – Component 10.
“We will be meeting with our members in the East Kootenay to discuss our next steps to protect our member’s jobs and defend the safety and interests of the travelling public. It is important that our members know their options and that we will be there to support them.”
Highway maintenance contract to cover large area of B.C.
The successful bidder will be responsible for highways maintenance in the East Kootenay for seven years beginning on September 23, 2016. The service area includes Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Elko, Sparwood and Elkford. 
NUPGE
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE
NUPGE Components: 

Occupational Groups: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

"With Prime Minister Trudeau, we seem to have an opportunity to put the concerns of working Canadians back on the agenda. It’s up to us to seize that opportunity and ensure our concerns stay on the agenda," says NUPGE National President James Clancy.
OTTAWA (10 Nov. 2015) – The National Union is congratulating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for recommitting this morning to repeal two recent anti-labour laws, and also for taking an important symbolic step towards rebuilding trust between the federal government and the country’s workers.
“It was heartening to hear first-hand that Prime Minister Trudeau intends to honour his campaign commitment to repeal laws C-377 and C-525,” said NUPGE National President James Clancy. “Those laws would have hurt millions of Canadians, and it is important that they be repealed as soon as possible.”
First time in 50 years that a PM has met with the CLC
Trudeau explicitly committed to repealing those two bills during an address to the Canadian Council of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). The Canadian Council is the democratically elected group of more than 120 labour leaders from across the country who govern the CLC between its conventions. It was the first time in more than 50 years that a sitting Prime Minister had met with the leaders of the CLC.
“Not since John Diefenbaker has a Prime Minister met with the largest labour organization in the country. That speaks volumes about just how unrepresentative our governments have become,” said Clancy.
“With Prime Minister Trudeau, we seem to have an opportunity to put the concerns of working Canadians back on the agenda,” he said. “It’s up to us to seize that opportunity and ensure our concerns stay on the agenda.”
NUPGEThe National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. 
Issues and Campaigns: 

“The Premier should offer a sincere apology for his government’s reckless actions and for the harm done to union members and all working people." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President

Regina (21 Oct. 2015) — New proposed essential services legislation introduced by the Saskatchewan Party government on October 15 does not erase the harm done to tens of thousands of Saskatchewan workers who were stripped of their right to collective bargaining for seven years, according to Bob Bymoen, President of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE).
Supreme Court ordered the Saskatchewan government to treat workers fairly 
“The government had to be forced by the Supreme Court of Canada to treat workers fairly,” noted Bymoen. “Working families lost the ability to engage in meaningful collective bargaining as a result of the now-illegal Public Service Essential Services Act.”
“Tremendous effort and resources had to be marshalled by unions to counter this attack on public service workers. No group of citizens should be forced to go to such lengths to protect their basic constitutional rights,” adds Bymoen.
SGEU says Premier Wall should apologize to working families
Premier Wall should take responsibility for the injustice done by his government to Saskatchewan working families.
“The Premier should offer a sincere apology for his government’s reckless actions and for the harm done to union members and all working people,” according to Bymoen.
SGEU/NUPGE will be closely examining Bill 183, which sets out new rules for handling essential services, but it is too early to assess the impact on union members, says Bymoen.
NUPGE
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE
NUPGE Components: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

"The global focus this year is on ending corporate greed, eliminating precarious work and formalising informal jobs, as well as living minimum wages." — Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
Brussels (6 Oct. 2015) — Trade unions around the world are once again mobilizing on October 7, the World Day for Decent Work, under the banner “End Corporate Greed”, with activities stretching from Japan to Ecuador and South Africa to Russia. Activities in 33 countries have already been registered on the special website 2015.wddw.org, and many more will be uploaded to the site on October 7 and the following days.
Wide range of events planned
As in the past, a wide range of different types of events are planned. Brussels, the “Capital of Europe,” will come to a standstill with a huge demonstration organized by the Belgian trade unions against austerity, while unions from the manufacturing sector will hold events around the globe to demand an end to precarious work, organized by Global Union Federation IndustriALL.
Connecting with public
Many trade unions will be on the streets to make personal contact with rush-hour commuters, while others will be holding press conferences, public events and workplace meetings. As it prepares for an October 10 mobilization against the TTIP and CETA trade deals, Germany’s trade union centre DGB is also holding a conference to press for “Fair Play for Workers in Mega Sports Events” as pressure mounts for reform of FIFA and an end to exploitation of the workers who build and deliver the world’s major sports competitions.
Global focus on ending corporate greed
“Once again the voice of working people will be heard around the globe on the World Day for Decent Work. The global focus this year is on ending corporate greed, eliminating precarious work and formalising informal jobs, as well as living minimum wages" said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow. 
"We need to transform the exploitative supply chain model which robs workers while filling the coffers of multinational companies, many of which are culpable of the most egregious exploitation including the use of modern slavery. The trade union movement stands with the most exploited and vulnerable in the global economy, and on this day, the World Day for Decent Work, we will show our determination to build a better world for working families and for the generations to come.” 
More information:
World Day for Decent Work
Canadian Labour Congress - Decent work comic
NUPGE

OPSEU member Steve McPherson wins first place in North American roadside inspector competition.

Toronto (25 Aug. 2015) — A member of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) has been judged one of the best roadside inspectors in North America. Steve McPherson, a Transportation Enforcement Officer with the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario, was awarded the honour at a competition in St. Louis. 
Winners of the Level I Inspection Awards were 1st place — Ontario; 2nd place — South Dakota, and 3rd place — Alaska.  
Roadside inspectors save lives
Roadside inspectors are highly trained professionals who save lives every day by keeping unsafe commercial vehicles and drivers off the roads. Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance recognizes the best of the best by inviting member jurisdictions from Canada, the United States and Mexico to participate in the North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC).  This is the only event dedicated to recognizing and rewarding commercial vehicle inspector excellence. 
NUPGE
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

Filed in: 

NUPGE Components: 

Three-year agreement nets improvements for Dalhousie members.

Halifax (25 Aug. 2015) — Members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees' Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) who work for the Dalhousie Staff Association have voted 96 per cent in favour of accepting the tentative agreement.
Collective bargaining achieves improvements to contract
Highlights of the renewed collective agreement include a wage increase of 2 per cent retroactive to July 1, 2014, 1.75 per cent on July 1, 2015, and 1.5 per cent on July 1, 2016.
The agreement is for a three year term from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.
Dalhousie operational support workers ratify agreement
On August 14, NSGEU/NUPGE members who work in the operational support division at Dalhousie ratified their collective agreement.
Once the Dalhousie Board of Governors has voted to ratify the new collective agreements, they will be in force and circulated to all members in both bargaining units.
NUPGE
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE
Filed in: 

NUPGE Components: 

NUPGE members from across the country meet to develop and enhance strategic thinking and planning skills and to learn more about handling organizational change effectively.
Keene, ON (24 Aug. 2015) —  Component activists from the National Union of Public and General Employees' (NUPGE), along with NUPGE's sister unions in the U.S., Australia and Britain, have gathered for NUPGE’s Leadership Development School. The school, that has taken place for the last 17 years, is designed to develop dynamic leadership within the Components of the National Union.
Opening the school, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer Larry Brown emphasized how the participation of every member was key to the success of the school. “People will go away from here poorer if they don’t hear from you.”
School prepares future leaders for challenges they will face
Dr. Elaine Bernard, executive director of the Harvard University Trade Union Program, who has taught at every School, is leading a series of sessions on leadership strategic planning and organizational change. These sessions focus on the importance of developing a broader layer of leadership throughout the labour movement and in the community.

Larry Brown, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer          
Elaine Bernard, Harvard University Trade Union Program
What’s at stake in the upcoming federal election
As part of the Leadership School, NUPGE invites guest speakers to address the members on a wide variety of important subjects. 
This year, investigative journalist and author of the recent best seller Party of One, Michael Harris spoke about what was at stake in the coming federal election. He outlined how time after time those who have raised concerns about the actions of the Harper government have been attacked, fired or marginalized.
Harris mentioned a number of examples:

  • Kevin Page was fired as Parliamentary Budget Officer after his report revealed the government had misled the public about the cost of the F-35 jets.
  • Linda Keen was fired as president of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission after she refused to overlook safety issues at the Chalk River nuclear reactor.
  • Services for veterans were cut to save $3.5 million at the same time that the Harper government was spending $4.5 million on ads boasting about the government’s support for veterans.

Harris also pointed out just how flawed are the anti-union Bill C-377 and the methods used to get it passed. He noted that, “If it (Bill C-377) does stand, a perfectly legal group in the country will be presented as outlaws.”
Harris had a clear message for anyone feeling repulsed by politics after seeing what Harper has been doing. “If you don’t take an interest in politics, politics will take an interest in you.”

Ontario government using bafflegab to try to disguise the privatization of Hydro One.

Ottawa (24 Aug. 2015) — The Ontario government may be selling off most of Hydro One, but you wouldn’t know it if you listened to Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. Instead of admitting her government was privatizing Hydro One, she described the sale of most of the service as “broadening the ownership.”
“When politicians are afraid to even use the word privatization, you know it’s bad news,” said James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
Latest attempt by Liberal government to hide privatization schemes
This is the latest in a series of attempts by the Ontario government to avoid admitting it is privatizing essential public services. Last year, the government referred to the sale of Hydro One as asset recycling. Before that it came up with a new name for P3 privatization schemes and pretended they weren’t really privatization.
“If the Liberal government believes privatization is good public policy, they should have the courage to admit it,” said Clancy. “The fact they’re attempting to mislead the public and hide the truth, suggests they know what they’re doing is bad for Ontario.”
Privatization problems for Alberta and Nova Scotia r esidents 
One of many reasons why Ontario Liberals don’t want to admit it they are privatizing Hydro is because there have been many problems in provinces where electricity service has been privatized.
Nova Scotia Power was privatized in 1992. Since then rates have risen to become the highest in the country.
In Alberta, the lack of transparency and accountability that comes with privatization meant a private power company was able to manipulate electricity prices. The Alberta Utilities Commission recently found that TransAlta had artificially inflated prices by as much as 60 per cent by shutting down some of its power plants at peak times.
More information: 
Vote for the privatization scheme of the year - What a Scam
NUPGE
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE
Filed in: 

Pages