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“What we're hoping to accomplish with this publication is to promote greater coordination among unions to ensure that we present strong and cohesive arguments before the Courts.” — CFLR Board member, James Clancy.Ottawa (9 March 2015) — Following the Supreme Court of Canada historic decisions on labour rights issued in January of this year, the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) has issued a new edition of its publication Backgrounder: Summary of current Charter challenges and their impact on union security in Canada. The publication provides a summary of cases before the courts that challenge labour laws on the basis that they violate Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Updated Backgrounder on Charter challenges reveals impact on union securityThe Backgrounder provides summaries of some 28 Charter challenges, is divided into four sections and contains summaries of the following:

The PEI Coalition for a Fair EI is hosting a community forum to connect the stories of temporary foreign workers and Islanders working out west to failed economic and government policies.

Charlottetown (6 March 2015) — The citizens of Prince Edward Island (PEI) are familiar with what it’s like to have to leave the Island for work. They have been doing it for generations.
While many Islanders must seek work elsewhere to support their families an increasing number of international migrants are going to PEI to find work. On March 14, the PEI Coalition for a Fair EI is hosting a public forum to discuss and understand these two related issues.
Migrant workers have similar stories
Unable to make ends meet on the Island, more and more Islanders today are migrating West for work. All these remain Islanders, keeping their homes on PEI. Many of these workers send money home to support their families.
PEI has also seen a rise in international migrant workers working in the Island’s fields, fish plants, and many other industries. Facing many of the same pressures as the Islanders who go west, these workers come to PEI as temporary foreign workers, seeking higher wages to send money home to their families in their home countries. 
Economic forces and government policies behind migrant work
The forum will connect the stories of these two groups of workers. The forum will include presentations about the economic forces and government policies that are contributing to the rise of labour migration globally and on PEI. Presentations will be followed by group discussions and a chance for temporary foreign workers, Island workers, and other community members to share personal stories about the causes and impacts of leaving the Island for work. 
Poster for the event is available by clicking here!
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The PEI Coalition for Fair EI
NUPGE
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 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

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“It’s not just members who benefit from unions, it’s their entire community,” says NUPGE National President James Clancy. “Our goal with the Reader is to remind everyone of all the beautiful ways that unions matter.”

Ottawa (03 Mar. 2015) — Unions matter to many different people for many different reasons. For some, it’s a matter of basic survival. “My name is Mike Pond,” writes the member of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC/NUPGE. “I’m five years sober this week and your union helped save my life.”
Suffering from alcoholism, Mike had hit rock bottom. But HSABC/NUPGE refused to give up on him and helped him resolve not to give up on himself. He recently wrote a book about his recovery, and an excerpt from it is just one of the many heartfelt, graceful and inspiring odes to unions in the second edition of Unions Matter: A Reader, produced by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
Unions Matter: A Reader shares stories about how labour unions make the world a better place
The 40-page booklet is available now and pulls together a diverse range of quotes, quips, essays and images about the myriad ways in which unions make the world a better place.
“It’s not just members who benefit from unions, it’s their entire community,” says NUPGE National President James Clancy. “By giving everyday people a voice, unions reduce income inequality, strengthen the economy, promote democracy, spread fairness, defend dignity, and make sure that everybody has a shot at prosperity and contentment.
“Our goal with the reader is to remind everyone of all these beautiful ways that unions matter.”
The first edition of the reader was published in 2014 and featured the voices of Homer Simpson, Ken Dryden, Martin Luther King Jr., and Matt Damon. This second edition features Bruce (The Boss) Springsteen, J.K. Rowling, Linda McQuaig, and Rick Mercer.
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Unions Matter: A Reader Volume 1
NUPGE
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 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
 

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Body: For many people and for many reasons: unions matter.
NUPGE publishes a quarterly journal dedicated to the myriad ways in which unions matter and it’s unlike anything else you've seen. Quips, quotes and even the occasional quatrain from people like Matt Damon, Ken Dryden, the Pope, J. K. Rowling, Bruce Springsteen, Rick Mercer, Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and, of course, Homer Simpson.Series: Unions Matter: A Reader

"Thank you to all those who raised their voice in support of this long-standing right to negotiate freely and fairly on behalf of workers everywhere. We know that having strong labour rights allows us to make a difference in the lives of everyone, not just of union members." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

"We send a message of solidarity to the workers in Wisconsin today, as they once again fight to preserve their long-standing union rights. We know all too well that these so-called right-to-work laws are more of the agenda to silence workers into accepting poor working conditions and low wages." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Canadians are urged to write a letter to the federal Minister of Labour asking that she support the right to strike at an upcoming meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Ottawa (17 Feb. 2015) — History has shown that workers have fought long and hard to have the right to strike. Even with the recent favourable Supreme Court of Canada rulings allowing the RCMP to unionize and recognizing that the Saskatchewan government's essential services legislation is unconstitutional, there are still those who wish to strip workers of their labour rights. 
This fight to maintain workers' rights is taking place not just in Canada. Attacks against unions and unionized workers are occurring all around the world—and even at the International Labour Organization (ILO). There are three groups that make up the Governing Body at the ILO—employers, trade unions and governments. Recently, the Employers Group has been trying to overturn more than 50 years of international legal precedents recognizing the fundamental right to strike. Employers will profit mightily if they succeed, but at the expense of working and middle-class families and communities around the world.
That is why the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has designated February 18 as a global day of action in defence of the right to strike. 
NUPGE urging the federal government to respect SCC rulings, and at the ILO meeting support the right to strike
In March, the ILO Governing Body will be meeting to discuss the right of workers to strike. While the Workers Group has already made it known that it will oppose measures to restrict the right to strike, the Government Group has remained silent. 
“The Canadian government has made us proud many times for taking leading international stands for basic human decency and dignity,” says James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), “and we’re confident that it will do so again by strongly supporting the right to strike during next month’s ILO meeting.”
Clancy has written to federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch asking for her government to make a clear statement during the ILO meeting next month that Canada's government supports the right to strike. Clancy is urging other Canadians to write similar letters to the federal and to even their provincial governments. Click here for a copy of Clancy's letter or here for a draft of a letter to your provincial or territorial labour minister.
The right to strike is beneficial to all workers

“The Canadian government has made us proud many times for taking leading international stands for basic human decency and dignity, and we’re confident that it will do so again by strongly supporting the right to strike during next month’s ILO meeting," says NUPGE National President James Clancy.

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