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.
“This is a great day for all of us. Our chief justices understand that unions matter to our country and our communities, and they’ve made sure that Canadian politicians will no longer be able to so easily strip Canadians of their union rights,” says NUPGE National President James Clancy.
Body: This 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. It provides summaries of some 27 Charter challenges and is divided into three sections: challenges heard by the Supreme Court of Canada and decisions are pending; current challenges before the Courts; and, challenges where a final decision has been rendered in the last two years, either by the Supreme Court of Canada, or a lower Court and the decision was not appealed.Series: Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights
Body: This pamphlet provides a summary of a March 2012 International Labour Organization report reviewing the extent of Canada’s compliance to the ILO’s most fundamental Convention – No. 87, Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize. The report cites over 20 instances where governments across Canada have refused to change labour laws the ILO has ruled in the past to be not in compliance with Convention No. 87.Series: Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights