Join the LabourStart campaign to get striking Labatt workers in Newfoundland back to work.
Ottawa (20 June 2013) – An emergency resolution hit the floor at the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) convention on the weekend asking the 300 plus delegates to support the striking workers at Labatt brewery in St. John's, Newfoundland.
The addition of three more laws passed in the last month brings the total number of regressive labour laws passed in Canada since 1982 to 204.
Ottawa (12 July 2013) – Since the end of June, there have been three labour laws passed in Canada that restrict the collective bargaining rights of Canadian workers.
Omnibus budget legislation allows the federal government to interfere in bargaining between Crown corporations and workers
More than a dozen prominent Conservative Senators come out in opposition to deeply flawed anti-union bill with six others abstaining from the vote.
Ottawa (27 June 2013) - The Senate has voted to make extensive amendments to the government supported union disclosure bill, C-377, blocking the anti-union bill from becoming law.
The amendments passed by the Conservative-dominated Senate removes many of its key provisions and significantly raises reporting thresholds.
UN’s central administration has decided to unilaterally adopt a labour-relations policy which rolls back hard-won negotiating rights for staff representatives introduced just two years ago.
Brussels (26 June 2013) - In a letter to United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called on the UN to respect international labour standards within its own operations.
Rolling back the clock on negotiating rights
"Obviously, we would rather not be in the position of taking our government to court, but we believe that Bills 5 and 6 represent significant infringements upon the fundamental rights of Saskatchewan working people" - Larry Hubich, President Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.
"We believe that this bill would be at odds with reasonable consumer expectations of privacy for their medical and financial affairs. Other evidence, including from the Canadian Bar Association, also raises this concern.” - Ron Sanderson, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc.
Ottawa (19 June 2013) – Have you called your local Senator and told her or him how to vote on Bill C-377? It's not too late!
Legislation targeting unions is back for final Senate debate
OPSEU/NUPGE is determined to continue its fight for the right of part-time workers in the 24 Ontario colleges to be represented by our union.
Toronto (20 June 2013) – The quest by part-time workers at Ontario colleges to unionize has been consistently stonewalled by the employer and the process at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. So why did the Canadian and Ontario governments suggest to the International Labour Organization (ILO) that all is OK?
NUPGE exposes Canadian government misrepresentation at ILO
"Pandering to this hard core ideological base might help deflect attention from the scandals the federal Conservatives are facing as they head into their national policy convention later but it will not do anything to help steer our economy to a much needed sustainable recovery.ʺ - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Draft a resolution
Draft and sponsor a resolution to your Federation of Labour or Labour Council condemning the use of labour laws that restrict or deny the fundamental rights of workers and proposing that progressive labour law reform be a central focus of labour’s political agenda.
Sign the Workers’ Bill of Rights
Since 2006, thousands, including all Federal Leaders of the Opposition, have signed a pledge to uphold workers rights.