Archived publications

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Strong Democracy: unions are a positive force in society Strong Democracy: unions are a positive force in society (75.18 KB) Cover page of Strong Democracy: unions are a positive force in society Cover page Unions Yeah Fact Sheets
Fair Taxes – Making Income Tax Fairer Fair Taxes – Making Income Tax Fairer (411.45 KB) Cover page of Fair Taxes – Making Income Tax Fairer Unions Yeah Backgrounders
Tuition costs: helping students helps us all Tuition costs: helping students helps us all (54.38 KB) Tuition costs: helping students helps us all cover page Unions Yeah Fact Sheets
Medavie: a new face of privatization Medavie: a new face of privatization (56.71 KB) Cover page of Medavie: a new face of privatization Unions Yeah Fact Sheets
Fair Taxes - Tax Avoidance Fair Taxes – Tax Avoidance (403.09 KB) Cover page: Fair Taxes - Tax Avoidance Unions Yeah Backgrounders
Child care: the best deal for all of us Child care: the best deal for all of us (53.77 KB) Cover page of Child care: the best deal for all of us cover page Unions Yeah Fact Sheets
Unions still matter Unions still matter (51.89 KB) Unions still matter Cover page Unions Yeah Fact Sheets
Good Jobs for a Strong Economy Good Jobs for a Strong Economy (382.73 KB) See also the Good jobs for a strong economy Fact Sheet. Cover page of Good Jobs for a Strong Economy Unions Yeah Backgrounders
Pay equity: one step toward gender wage equality Pay equity: one step toward gender wage equality (59.07 KB) See also the Pay Equity backgrounder. Pay equity: one step toward gender wage equality Cover page Unions Yeah Fact Sheets
New NAFTA: USMCA is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement New NAFTA: USMCA is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (405.87 KB) Cover page of New NAFTA: USMCA is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Unions Yeah Backgrounders
Growing Income Inequality and You Growing Income Inequality and You (411.18 KB) Cover of Growing Income Inequality and You Unions Yeah Backgrounders
Digital working future: a guide to net neutrality Digital working future: a guide to net neutrality (55.58 KB) Cover page of Digital working future: a guide to net neutrality cover page Unions Yeah Fact Sheets
Pay Equity Pay Equity backgrounder (405.15 KB) See also the Pay Equity Fact Sheet. Cover page of Pay Equity backgrounder. Unions Yeah Backgrounders
Child Care: Good for Families, Good for the Economy Child Care: Good for Families, Good for the Economy (403.18 KB) Cover page for Child Care: Good for Families, Good for the Economy Unions Yeah Backgrounders
Good jobs for a strong economy Good jobs for a strong economy (51.62 KB) See also the Good jobs for a strong economy Backgrounder. Cover page of Good jobs for a strong economy Unions Yeah Fact Sheets
Medavie Blue Cross Medavie Blue Cross backgrounder (482.25 KB) Cover page of Medavie Blue Cross backgrounder Unions Yeah Backgrounders
Precarious work and youth Precarious work and youth Fact sheet (51.11 KB) Precarious work and youth Cover Unions Yeah Fact Sheets
Unions Help Strengthen Democracy Unions Help Strengthen Democracy backgrounder (404.05 KB) Cover page for Unions Help Strengthen Democracy Unions Yeah Backgrounders
Fair taxes benefit all of us Fair taxes benefit all of us (58.23 KB) Cover page of Fair taxes benefit all of us Unions Yeah Fact Sheets
Monster in the Closet Video Companion Monster in the Closet Video Companion (2.08 MB) Companion document for the Monster in the Closet video. Cover page of Monster in the Closet Video Companion Unions Yeah Backgrounders
NUPGE Environment Conference—Climate Justice: Workers taking action Download (1.12 MB) Cover page NUPGE Environment Conference-Climate Justice: Workers taking action. 
Letter to Prime Minister re: improvements to EI Letter to Prime Minister re maintaining improvements to EI made during the pandemic (147.85 KB) This letter was sent to the Prime Minister on September 15, 2022, calling for the Liberal government to maintain the improvements to EI that were made during the pandemic. 
Justice for Indigenous Peoples Download (2.33 MB) Cover image for NUPGE's Justice for Indigenous Peoples publication. 3 photos are on the cover. 1 photo shows MGEU members holding a banner that says putting people first. 1 photo shows BCGEU members wearing orange shirts that say every child matters. 1 photo shows a pair of hands picking a plant. Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions
Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions: Anti-Black Racism Download (445.37 KB) A publication on anti-Black racism in our Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions series. Cover image for NUPGE's Anti-Black Racism publication Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions
Period Poverty in Canada Period Poverty in Canada - Final.pdf (350.51 KB) Period Poverty in Canada
2022 Federal Budget Submission Download (295.84 KB) This is the submission by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) to the 2022 Federal Budget consultation.  NUPGE logo in top left of page, Submission by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) to the Budget 2022 Consultations February 25
NUPGE Annual Report: 2021 in Review A compliation of the work of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) in 2021 (3.07 MB) This is a report of the work the National Union completed in 2021.  This is the Annual Report of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
Virtual Health Care Privatization Report Virtual Health Care Privatization.pdf (411.63 KB) cover of the Virtual Health Care Privatization Report with a NUPGE logo in left top hand corner, December 2021
Letter to Freeland re: tax dodging Download (136.15 KB)
NUPGE 2021 Federal Election Guide: Overdose Crisis Download (154.58 KB) This is a summary of the party promises addressing the overdose crisis during the federal election 2021. NUPGE 2021 Federal Election Guide
Child care poll Download (216.77 KB) Federal Election 2021 polling
Climate Change and the Environment poll Download (561.25 KB) Federal Election 2021 polling
Long-term Care poll Download (231.1 KB) Federal Election 2021 polling
2021 Federal Election Guide: Health Care Download (148.36 KB) 2021 Federal Election Guide
2021 Federal Election Guide: Federal transfers to provinces and territories Download (129.47 KB) 2021 Federal Election Guide
Neglecting the Most Vulnerable: Privatization of Long-term Care Download (6.85 MB) A report looking at the impact of underfunding in long-term care and how privatization makes the problems worse.  Neglecting the Most Vulnerable: Privatization of Long-term Care
The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Trade, Trade Agreements, and Trade Negotiations The impact of COVID-19 on Global Trade (511.36 KB) This report examines the impact of COVID-19 on global trade, trade agreements, and trade negotiations.  The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Trade, Trade Agreements, and Trade Negotiations
Workers' Health and Safety Measures and Working from Home Download (5.54 MB) This paper analyzes the application of health and safety legislative frameworks to working from home arrangements. By surveying Canadian legislation, case law, government guidelines, and other examples of unique employment contexts, the paper seeks to help workers and their unions identify potential areas of concern for health and safety protection in working from home arrangements. Cover of Workers' Health and Safety Measures and Working from Home
Domestic Violence and the Workplace: How Non-Canadian Jurisdictions Have Implemented Workplace Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence Download (1.07 MB) This paper is a survey of how non-Canadian jurisdictions have implemented protections, especially job-protected leaves, for victims of domestic violence in the workplace. By examining different international models, this paper seeks to illustrate potential policy options and best practices. In addition, it aims to provide critical commentary to help identify potential gaps or issues with the effectiveness of certain legislative schemes meant to help victims of DV at work. Cover of Domestic Violence and the Workplace: How Non-Canadian Jurisdictions Have Implemented Workplace Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence
Privatization Overview Download (756.8 KB) An overview of privatization and its impacts. Cover of "Privatization Overview".
Trade and Investment Agreements and the Threat to Public Services Download (725.44 KB) An overview of how international trade and investment agreements pose a threat to public services. Trade and Investment Agreements - cover image
Pamphlet: Trade and Investment Agreements and the Threat to Public Services Download (1.92 MB) A short pamphlet summarizing how trade and investment Pamphlet: Trade and Investment Agreements and the Threat to Public Services
Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions: Women Workers Download (460.16 KB) A publication on women workers in our Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions series. Cover image for: Women Workers Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions
Domestic Violence, Workers, and Workplaces Download (436.66 KB) A backgrounder on how domestic violence affects workers and workplaces. The cover image for the NUPGE publication, "Domestic Violence, Workers, and Workplaces."
Environmental and Climate Change: A Gender Perspective Download (495.48 KB) A backgrounder on the gendered impacts of environmental and climate change, and women's contributions to sustainability. Cover image for the NUPGE publication, "Environmental and Climate Change: A Gender Perspective"
Rights for People with Disabilities Download (590.99 KB) A publication on rights for people with disabilities in our Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions series. Cover image for: Rights for People with Disabilities Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions
We Are Treating the Oceans As Garbage Dumps Download (632.57 KB) We Are Treating the Oceans As Garbage Dumps We Must Act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
Transgender and Gender-Expansive Rights Are Human Rights Download (781.22 KB) A publication on transgender and gender-expansive rights in our Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions series. Cover image for: Transgender and Gender-Expansive Rights Are Human Rights Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions
The Public Sector Will Be Part of the Solution Download (524.24 KB) The Public Sector Will Be Part of the Solution We Must Act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
Home Care Privatization Download (384.18 KB) A report on home care privatization looking at the problems, how it is being done and who profits from it. Home Care Privatization Report
We Are Depleting the Soil Download (543.39 KB) We Are Depleting the Soil We Must Act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
Introduction Download (542.05 KB) Introduction We Must All Act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
The Fight for Environmental Sustainability is Also the Struggle for Equality Download (636.23 KB) The Fight for Environmental Sustainability is Also the Struggle for Equality We Must Act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
Air Pollution is Killing Us Download (713.58 KB) Air Pollution is Killing Us We Must act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
A New Wave of Mass Extinctions Download (572.99 KB) A New Wave of Mass Extinctions We Must Act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
Myths about Tax Cuts Download (152.74 KB) This paper debunks the myths that surround tax cuts. 
Climate Change is Real Download (631.52 KB) Climate Change is Real We Must Act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
Our Forests Are Threatened Download (622.13 KB) Our Forests Are Threatened We Must Act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
Governments Must Take Action Download (566.58 KB) Governments Must Take Action We Must Act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
Valuing Indigenous Knowledge Download (740.72 KB) Valuing Indigenous Knowledge We Must Act for an Environmentally Sustainable Future
Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions: An introduction Download (588.63 KB) The first publication in the Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions series. Cover image for Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions: An introduction Diversity and Inclusion in Our Unions
LGBTQI2S Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (103.24 KB) A fact sheet on the track record and campaign promises of our four main federal parties regarding LGBTQI2S Rights. LGBTQI2S Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises
Anti-poverty Measures– Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (101.85 KB) A fact sheet our four main federal parties' track record and campaign promises regarding anti-poverty measures. Anti-poverty Measures– Track Record & Campaign Promises
Anti-racism Measures – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (100.2 KB) A fact sheet on the track record and campaign promises of the four major federal parties on anti-racism measures. Anti-racism Measures – Track Record & Campaign Promises
Electoral Reform – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (94.21 KB) A fact sheet our four main federal parties' track record and campaign promises regarding Electoral Reform. Electoral Reform – Track Record & Campaign Promises
National Public Child Care – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (98.67 KB) A fact sheet on the track record and campaign promises of the four major federal parties on National Public Child Care. National Public Child Care – Track Record & Campaign Promises
Post-secondary Education – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (100.33 KB) A fact sheet our four main federal parties' track record and campaign promises regarding post-secondary education.  Post-secondary Education – Track Record & Campaign Promises
Rights for People with Disabilities – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (102.24 KB) A fact sheet on the track record and campaign promises of the four major federal parties regarding the rights for people with disabilities. Rights for People with Disabilities – Track Record & Campaign Promises
Seniors – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (101.11 KB) A fact sheet on the track record and campaign promises of the four major federal parties regarding seniors. Seniors – Track Record & Campaign Promises
Immigrant and Refugee Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (98.88 KB) A fact sheet on the track record and campaign promises of the four major federal parties on immigrant and refugee rights.   Immigrant and Refugee Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises
Affordable Housing – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (98.85 KB) A fact sheet on the track record and campaign promises of the four major federal parties on affordable housing. Affordable Housing – Track Record & Campaign Promises
Environment and Climate Change – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (100.74 KB) Environment and Climate Change – Track Record & Campaign Promises Cover of Environment and Climate Change cover.
Pharmacare – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (334.86 KB) The track record and campaign promises about Pharmacare for all four major federal parties. Pharmacare – Track Record & Campaign Promises cover page
Labour Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (101.64 KB) Labour Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises fact sheet. Labour Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises cover.
Indigenous Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (103.38 KB) Track record and campaign promises about Indigenous Rights by all four major federal parties. Cover of Indigenous Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises
Austerity Agenda – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (97.95 KB) Austerity Agenda – Track Record & Campaign Promises fact sheet. Austerity Agenda – Track Record & Campaign Promises cover.
Tax Fariness – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (343.69 KB) Tax Fariness – Track Record & Campaign Promises fact sheet. Tax Fariness - Track Record & Campaign Promises cover.
Privatization – Track Record & Key Issues Download (335.37 KB) Privatization – Track Record & Key Issues fact sheet. Privatization - Track Record & Key Issues cover.
Income Inequality – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (97.7 KB) Income Inequality – Track Record & Campaign Promises fact sheet. Income Inequality – Track Record & Campaign Promises cover.
Women’s Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (100.51 KB) Track record and campaign promises about Women's Rights by all four major federal parties. Women’s Rights – Track Record & Campaign Promises cover page.
2019 Federal Election Voter's Guide Download (705.27 KB) 2019 Federal Election Guide - Cover
Criminal Justice – Track Record & Campaign Promises Download (101 KB) Track record and campaign promises about Criminal Justice by all four major federal parties.  Criminal Justice – Track Record & Campaign Promises
Letter on the federal government's Social Finance Fund and privatization Download (163.13 KB) There are fears that the federal government's Social Finance Fund will be used to subsidize privatization schemes like Social Impact Bonds. This letter from NUPGE President Larry Brown to Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development asks the Minister to respond to comments that appear to originate with federal officials in recent media reports on the Social Finance Fund.
Canada's Shameful Secret Download (89.32 KB) Canada is one of the few countries in the world that has yet to ratify all eight of the international standards recognized as being fundamental to the rights of human beings at work.  These are the eight fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and are recognized as being fundamental to the rights of human beings at work which have been ratified by the overwhelming majority of ILO member States.  Unfortunately, Canada has yet to ratify those Conventions governing forced labour, the minimum age for working and the right to collective bargaining. Canada's Shameful Secret cover
Issues Facing Women Workers in Canada Download (527.72 KB) Issues Facing Women Workers in Canada
NUPGE Annual Report: 2018 in Review Download (549.15 KB) This report outlines the work of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) for 2018. NUPGE Annual Report:  2018 in Review
The National Union and the Global Union Movement Download (424.91 KB) The National Union and the Global Union Movement
Universal Health Care on Trial Download (214.91 KB)
Medavie Blue Cross Download (327.29 KB) Medavie Blue Cross
Pharmacare: Prescription for Change! Download (800.27 KB) Pharmacare Prescription for Change cover.
A look back at 2017: NUPGE Annual Report Download (372.29 KB) This report outlines the work of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) for 2017. A look back at 2017 cover.
Universal health care on trial Download (214.94 KB) A case before the British Columbia Supreme Court, Cambie Surgeries Corporation. v. British Columbia (Attorney General), could lead to a 2-tier health care system in Canada. This report looks at the history of the case, the reasons the case is taking so long, and what the case means for Canadians. The report also looks at some of the problems with private for-profit health care. Universal health care on trial cover.
Why Unions Matter winner colouring book Unions_Matter_colouring_book.pdf (644.48 KB) Why Unions Matter
National Union Pension Conference Report 2017 Pension Conference report - final.pdf (191.92 KB) Report from the National Union Pension Conference, February 2017.
NUPGE Submission on the Canada Infrastructure Bank, May 2017 NUPGE Submission on Bill C44 May 19 2017.pdf (526.75 KB) NUPGE's submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce on the problems with the proposed legislation to set up the Canada Infrastructure Bank in Division 18 of Bill C-44, the 2017 budget implementation bill. NUPGE Submission on the Canada Infrastructure Bank, May 2017
New Forms of Privatization Download (240.94 KB) Since privatization first reared its ugly head, there has been a constant push to find new ways for the private sector to make money from public services. This report provides details of what new forms of privatization and what we can do to fight them. Cover of "New Forms of Privatization"
Privatization by Stealth - The Truth about Social Impact Bonds Download (262.36 KB) NUPGE's updated report on Social Impact Bonds explains how they work and how they will harm public services and increase costs. The report also provides information on research that found that, even if Social Impact Bonds work as claimed, the costs will exceed any possible savings. Updated October 2016. Cover of "Privatization by Stealth"
Summary of Current Charter Challenges Impacting on Union Security in Canada Download (224.22 KB) 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. Cover of Summary of Current Charter Challenges Impacting on Union Security in Canada Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights
Canada & ILO Convention No. 98 It's Time to Sign Download (1.66 MB) Canada & ILO Convention No. 98 It's Time to Sign cover. Canadian Labour Rights Foundation
Letter to Minister Mihychuk banning asbestos asbestos_-_clancy_letter_to_minister_mihychuk.pdf (24.66 KB)
Pension Basics Webinar Series pension_webinar_pamphlet.pdf (1.46 MB) This pamphlet summaries the NUPGE's webinar series on pensions. There will be 5 webinars:  Canada’s retirement system Plan funding and the role of the actuary Pension investment Pension law Capital Stewardship Pension Basica Webinar Series cover. Pension Basica Webinar Series
Colleges and Institutes Canada - Essential Skills Social Pilot foi_sib.pdf (338.34 KB) SIB repayment grid for Colleges and Institutes Social Impact Pilot SIB repayment grid for Colleges and Institutes Social Impact Pilot
The Cold Hard Facts about Women's Economic Well-Being in Canada Download (652.29 KB) This pamphlet looks at seven facts that affect women and their economic well-being.  These facts include pay inequity, lack of child care and the economic effects of caregiving on women.   The Cold Hard Facts about Women's Economic Well-Being in Canada cover.
Fact 4 Summary of Legislation Restricting Collective Bargaining Summary of Legislation Fact Sheet 4 E.pdf (55.09 KB) Cover of "Fact 4 Summary of Legislation Restricting Collective Bargaining" Canadian Foundation for Labour Rgihts
Community Service Workers Conference Report csw_heart_of_community_conference_report_web.pdf (453.71 KB) Community Service Workers Conference Report cover
A New Canada Community Services Transfer–Strengthened by a New Canada Community Services Act Download (449.74 KB) A New Canada Community Services Transfer cover.
2015 Federal Election Voting Guide 2015_elxn_voting_guide_party_platforms.pdf (612.14 KB) The 2015 Federal Election Voting Guide. 2015 Federal Election Voting Guide
Three Ways Unions Matter 3_ways_unions_matter.pdf (85.23 KB) A Young Person Graphically Organizes Three Ways Unions Matter, by Nicholas LeBlanc 3 Ways Unions Matter Why Unions Matter Contest
Guide to Negotiating Essential Services Download (63.44 KB) This is a guide to aid NUPGE Components in negotiating fair and reasonable Essential Services language in the event of a labour disputre. Guide to Negotiating Essential Services cover.
2015 New Labour Trilogy Forum Report Download (585.67 KB) 2015 New Labour Trilogy Forum Report cover. Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights
The Harper Casebook harper_casebook_web.pdf (1.88 MB) A quick review of the kind of government Stephen Harper has given us during his three terms as prime minister of Canada. Harper Casebook cover.
Unions Matter: A Reader, Volume Two Download (6.66 MB) Volume 2 of Unions Matter:A Reader contains the next 25 very good reasons that unions matter.  This volume contains quips, quotes and poems from people like Bono, Bruce Springsteen and Jay Leno. Unions Matter: A Reader, Volume Two cover. Unions Matter: A Reader
ILO and the Right to Strike provincial and territorial labour minister letter ilo_-_defend_right_to_strike_prov_lab_minister.pdf (12.83 KB)
ILO and the Right to Strike Letter to Federal Labour Minister ilo_-_defend_right_to_strike_fed_lab_minister.pdf (12.27 KB)
Who Watches the Watchers: Bill C-51 Download (214.2 KB) This publication outlines problems contained in the federal Conservative government's new, and far reaching, anti-terrorism bill. Bill C-51 lacks oversight and review mechanisms while giving increased powers to Canada's security agencies. Find out why Bill C-51 is such a dangerous piece of legislation. Who Watches the Watchers: Bill C-51 cover.
Louis Fournier tribute louis_tribute_en_and_fr_web_0.pdf (406.18 KB) Louis Fournier.  1948-2014 A personal remembrance by James Clancy Louis tribute
International Conference on New Forms of Privatization - Conference Report pr_new_forms_of_privatization_conference_report.pdf (4.43 MB) Conference Report outlines tricks of privatization industry and tactics to fight back. "Fighting privatization will not be easy. But as we learned during the International Conference on the New Forms of Privatization, it's a fight that we can and will win," says NUPGE National President James Clancy. Report cover.
Long-term care: Here's to life Download (352.37 KB) Long-term care: Here's to life cover. Medicare 2.0 Expand. Improve
International Conference on the New Forms of Privatization Report Download (804.4 KB) Conference Report outlines tricks of privatization industry and tactics to fight back. "Fighting privatization will not be easy. But as we learned during the International Conference on the New Forms of Privatization, it's a fight that we can and will win," says NUPGE National President James Clancy. International Conference on the New Forms of Privatization Report cover.
Pharmacare: The right prescription Download (378.95 KB) Why don't we have a national pharmacare program yet?   Medicar 2.0 cover. Medicare 2.0 Expand. Improve
Home care: So good to be home Download (552.8 KB) Why don't we have a national home care program yet? Home care: So good to be home cover. Medicare 2.0 Expand. Improve
Why Unions Matter contest poster Download (413.79 KB) Cover of "Why Unions Matter contest poster"
Signposts on the Road to Fairness Download (1.2 MB) This small and easily distributed handbill uses the Fairness Express campaign's "Road to Fairness" concept to outline the All Together Now! campaign analysis of the major causes—and cures—of rising income inequality.  Income inequality rises when a country travels a path towards unfair taxes, declining public services, eroded labour rights and no industrial strategy.  Income inequality eases when we head instead for tax fairness, quality public services, labour rights and a modern industrial strategy. Cover of "Signposts on the Road to Fairness"
Only Fair is Fair. Income Inequality Isn't Download (1.42 MB) This six-page pamphlet is for the people we meet during the Fairness Express campaign. In simple but detailed terms, it spells out why tax fairness, quality public services, labour rights, and a modern industrial strategy are all key to reducing income inequality. Cover of "Only Fair is Fair.  Income Inequality Isn't"
Protecting public services 5 point plan Download (75.82 KB) How to protect public services. Protecting public services 5 point plan cover.
Unions Matter: A Reader, Volume One Download (1.06 MB) For many people and for many reasons: unions matter! Volume One of Unions Matter:  A reader contains a collection of work from a variety of sources telling the story of the power of unions and their members.  The writings come from authors, poets, activists and singer-songwriters sharing why unions matter to them.  The reader also contains some of the work from the Why Unions Matter contest winners. Cover of "Unions Matter: A Reader, Volume One" Unions Matter: A Reader
Fact Sheet 3 Canada's Record at the ILO Download (44.26 KB) Cover of "Fact Sheet 3 Canada's Record at the ILO" Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights
Unions Matter contributors and early reviews Download (50.4 KB) , Download (46.93 KB) Cover of "Unions Matter contributors and early reviews"
The real cost of communicating Download (2.65 MB) Why are Canadians charged some of the highest fees in the world which provide for some of the highest revenues while having some of the lowest rates of cell phone usage? Why is the government standing idly by refusing to play a role in regulating this industry? Cover of "The real cost of communicating" Smart Money: Consumer self-defence for times like these
Income Inequality in Atlantic Canada Download (912.39 KB) The final report of the East Coast portion of the Fairness Express campaign, Income Inequality in Atlantic Canada details some of the many consequences of rising income inequality as discovered by NUPGE activists as they visited more than 30 communities in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Across the region, the activists people concerned about rising income inequality but unsure how it can be reduced, giving the activists a chance to engage in more than 3,000 one-to-one conversations about the ATN analysis. Cover of "Income Inequality in Atlantic Canada"
Report of the NUPGE Women's Training Session Download (519.85 KB) In 2013 the National Union's Women's Training Session brought together activists from across the country to discuss two important initiatives:  the Quality of Women's Lives project and the All Together Now! campaign's Women 4 Change.  Throughout the day and half training session, activists heard speakers on life balance/work balance, on the use of social media as well as information on the two initiatives.  During the training session, participants took part in two workshops.  They enthusiastically talked, debated, shared and strategized.  Report of the NUPGE Women's Training Session cover.
Freedom of Association, the Right to Bargain Collectively and the Right to Organize Download (109.37 KB) This paper provides an historical overview the scope of protection of workers' rights provided by Canadian courts in their interpretation of section 2(d) – freedom of association of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.   Cover of "Freedom of Association, the Right to Bargain Collectively and the Right to Organize" Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights
Top 10 Reasons to Worry About Social Impact Bonds Download (246.91 KB) Social Impact Bonds are another way for governments to borrow money without it showing up on the books as debt.  IN the process social services are privatized with investor profits and the new layers of bureaucracy Social Impact Bonds require pushing up costs.  Because the intermediary organizations providing services must make a profit for investors, those most in need will have nowhere to go if it is too difficult or too expensive to help them. Cover of "Top 10 Reasons to Worry About Social Impact Bonds"
Privatization: Same Old Game. Brand New Threats! Download (370.97 KB) Privatization is about corporations making a profit from public services. That doesn't change with new forms of privatization. This pamphlet looks at what behind new forms of privatization, what they look like and what we can do to fight them. cover of "Privatization:  Same Old Game.  Brand New Threats!"
Right to Work Laws are All Wrong Download (315.06 KB) This is a pamphlet summarizing NUPGE's research paper and counters the corporate myths behind 'right to work' legislation.  It concludes the 'right to work laws only create more income inequality, not more jobs. Cover of "Right to Work Laws are All Wrong"
Fact Sheet 5 Unions Have Always Been A Positive Force in Society unions_have_alway_been_a_positive_fact_sheet_5_e.pdf (39.32 KB) Fact Sheet 5 Unions Have Always Been A Positive Force in Society cover. Canadian Foundation for Labour Rgihts
Fact Sheet 1 International Labour Organization Download (53.04 KB) Cover of "Fact Sheet 1 International Labour Organization" Canadian Foundation for Labour Rgihts
Right to Work Laws Download (78.52 KB) This primer counters all the myths surrounding 'Right to Work'' laws. Contrary to what the name suggests, 'Right to Work' laws have nothing to do with the right to paid employment. Instead, what they really do is make it easier for corporations to drive down wages for all workers. That’s why those who’ve seen what they do call them “Right to Work for Less” laws. Cover of "Right to Work Laws"
Fact Sheet 2 Canada's International Commitment to Promote Freedom of Association Download (42.62 KB) Cover of "Fact Sheet 2 Canada's International Commitment to Promote Freedom of Association" Canadian Foundation for Labour Rgihts
Community-based Social Services Download (104.01 KB) Federal transfer payments to the provinces, through the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and the Canada Social Transfer (CST), help fund public Medicare, post-secondary education and other important public services.  These important blocks of funding will be re-negotiated in 2014 by Harper and the Premiers. We need to ensure these transfers are protected and strengthened.  The three fact sheets look at the facts and importance of these transfers for Public Post-Secondary Education, Community-based Social Services and Medicare. Canada Social Transfer Community-Based Social Services Canada Transfer Fact Sheet
Our Medicare Download (69.96 KB) Federal transfer payments to the provinces, through the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and the Canada Social Transfer (CST), help fund public Medicare, post-secondary education and other important public services.  These important blocks of funding will be re-negotiated in 2014 by Harper and the Premiers. We need to ensure these transfers are protected and strengthened.  The three fact sheets look at the facts and importance of these transfers for Public Post-Secondary Education, Community-based Social Services and Medicare. Cover of Our Medicare Canada Transfer Fact Sheet
Public Post-Secondary Education Download (126.62 KB) Federal transfer payments to the provinces, through the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and the Canada Social Transfer (CST), help fund public Medicare, post-secondary education and other important public services.  These important blocks of funding will be re-negotiated in 2014 by Harper and the Premiers. We need to ensure these transfers are protected and strengthened.  The three fact sheets look at the facts and importance of these transfers for Public Post-Secondary Education, Community-based Social Services and Medicare. Cover of Public Post-Secondary Education Canada Social Transfer
Social Impact Bonds: A New Way to Privatize Public Services Download (40.77 KB) Governments across Canada and around the world are using Social Impact Bonds to privatize public services. This report looks at the problems, the costs, and the loss of accountability that come with Social Impact Bonds. Cover of "Social Impact Bonds:  A New Way to Privatize Public Services"
Government Wrongs. Don't Change Our Rights. Download (84.53 KB) 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. Cover of "Government Wrongs.  Don't Change Our Rights". Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights
Submission to the Parliamentary Committee on the Review of the Progress in Implementing the 2004 Health Accord Download (92.67 KB) Submission by the National Union to the Parliamentary Committee on the Review of the Progress in Implementing the 2004 Health Accord.  National Union members who work in health care have a wealth of experience and knowledge and an important perspective on the implementation of the 2004 Health Accord. The document presents comments and recommendations in the spirit of helping to improve and expand upon Canada's crown jewel of public programs - Medicare. Submission to the Parliamentary Committee on the Review of the Progress in Implementing the 2004 Health Accord cover.
Ever Forward: NUPGE Women's Committee Download (302.38 KB) The National Union has a proud history of working for and promoting women's rights and equality.  Aiding the National Union in its work on issues affecting women within Canada and around the world, is its Advisory Committee on Women's Issues (ACWI).  Established in 1976 as the National Union's Human Rights (Women's Rights) Committee, the ACWI has addressed many issues including pay equity, women's leadership, child care, women health, life/work balance and violence against women.  Ever Forward provides an overview of the work done by the National Union and the A Ever Forward:  NUPGE Women's Committee cover.
Mowed Down: Dismantling the Canadian Wheat Board. Who Will Really Reap the Rewards mowed_down_dismantling_the_canadian_wheat_board.pdf (220.34 KB) For 77 years the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) ensured Canadian grain farmers got the best possible price for their crops. Even though a majority of farmers wanted to keep the CWB, the Conservative government dismantled it. Mowed Down explains why. Cover of "Mowed Down"
Sisterhood is a Powerful Thing: Why Every Union Needs an Active Women's Committee Download (94.74 KB) This educational leaflet is designed to promote and strengthen Women's Committees in unions. This leaflet explains that women's committees are an essential factor in reaching our goal of creating stronger unions by empowering individuals and building solidarity. At the same time, women's committees bring us closer to our shared principles of equality, justice and fairness for all. Find out why every union needs an active women's committee by reading this pamphlet. Sisterhood is a powerful thing
Dignity Denied 2012: Long-Term Care and Canada's Elderly Download (1.4 MB) Canadians cherish our universal, public health care system. It provides access to quality life-long health care services for all Canadians, regardless of wealth, social status or other barriers. For the most part, this is true. Sadly, though, there is a hole in Canada’s health care system. For tens of thousands of Canada’s seniors today – and many thousands more in the years ahead – the universality of our health care system ends at the doors of nursing home facilities. Some of these facilities are excellent, serving as a beacon for the care of seniors. Dignity Denied 2012: Long-Term Care and Canada's Elderly cover.
The Labour Movement After Fraser Download (696.05 KB) The Labour Movement after Fraser is a report of a seminar held May 30, 2011 on the Supreme Court of Canada decision on AG of Ontario v. Fraser. The Labour Movement After Fraser cover. Canadian Foundation of Labour Rights
Robin Hood Was Right Download (615.94 KB) There are creative ideas and policies that can make the international financial system more secure AND pay for public services AND fight climate change-abroad and at home! The Robin Hood Tax is a proposal for a tiny tax (as low as 0.05%) on trades in stocks, bonds, currencies, "derivatives" and other financial products. It would NOT affect ordinary consumers. It also could generate billions internationally to fight global poverty, and fund global public goods, such as health care, and to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Cover of Robin Hood Was Right
Here They Go Again! Negotiating Federal Transfers to the Provinces Download (746.76 KB) In 2014 the federal Health Accord regarding the funding of the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and, by extension, the Canada Social Transfer (CST), came up for renegotiation.  Unfortunately, many of our politicians and business leaders want to cut these transfers and cut those services.  We have had decades of tax cuts, tax breaks, deregulation, privatization and it brought our economy and our nation to the brink. Cover of Here They Go Again!  Negotiating Federal Transfers to the Provinces
A Plan for Pensions Download (365.43 KB) This pamphlet, published under the auspices of the National Union's Action on Retirees' Concerns (NUARC) Committee, offers a realistic, affordable and effective plan to rebuild and reform Canada's pension system. Cover of "A Plan for Pensions"
The Real Cost of Communicating Download (2.65 MB) The first in the Smart Money: Consumer self-defense for times like these, The Real Cost of Communicating is a 12-page pamphlet detailing the struggles consumers are having with the telecommunications industry as well as their own government in Ottawa. The Smart Money series provides straightforward yet critical information on issues like these that families face today — and advice on how the public can fight back. Cover of "The Real Cost of Communicating" Smart Money
Black History Month (February) Download (618.39 KB) Black History Month (February) cover. Posters for People
Scavengers in the Debit Crisis: Payday Loans Download (2.93 MB) Another pamphlet in the NUPGE series: Smart Money: Consumer self-defense for times like these. Scavengers in the debt crisis exposes the predatory nature of the Pay Day Loan industry in Canada. The piece explains the regulations by province, if any, to ensure readers understand what the companies can charge. Cover of "Scavengers in the Debit Crisis:  Payday Loans"
Surviving the Credit Crunch Download (3.71 MB) The third piece in the consumer advocacy series Smart Money: Consumer self-defense for times like these. Surviving the Credit Crunch takes a look at the debt load of Canadians as they try to recover from the 2008 recession. Debt is at an all-time high for Canadians and corportions are making a killing from us. From the gouging interest rates charged by banks and credit card companies to ever-rising ATM fess to predatory loans, this publication lays out the problems but also provides way people can fight back.  Cover of "Surviving the Credit Crunch"
Our Kids Gotta Come First Download (443.31 KB) This leaflet stresses the need for a universal early learning and child care program in Canada.  Research shows that access to quality learning and child care enhances children's development in every way — intellectually, physically, emotionally and linguistically. As well, an early learning and child care program creates jobs and economic activiity at the community level as the majority of child care dollars are spent locally and invested in people since the sector is labour intensive.   Our Kids Gotta Come First cover.
No Way to Show We Care Download (470.92 KB) This leaflet summarizes the history of cuts to this sector and the crisis the funding shortfall has created.  This piece outlines solutions that will provide stability to the sector and revitalize care for the most vulnerable in our society. Cover of "No Way to Show We Care"
Net Neutrality and Digital Democracy Download (649.56 KB) Some corporations want to create a two-tier Internet that would allow them to slow or even block content that is not in their corporate interests.  This issue is called Network Neutrality the "principle that all Internet traffic be treated equally, regardless of origin, destination, or application type."  This is not an issue solely about corporate profit or the growing power of telecommunications companies - it is also about the rights of citizens to exercise control over one of the greatest innovations in communications history.  Should these companies succeed, it will unde Net Neutrality and Digital Democracy
No Sweat: Changing Our Clothes to Change Lives Download (186.47 KB) A sweatshop is a work environment where employees toil for long hours in unsafe conditions for low pay.  Sweatshop conditions are the norm in the apparel industry around the world and exist globally in many sectors.  It doesn't have to be this way.  Around the world, garment workers are organizing in their workplaces and communities to improve working conditions and end sweatshop abuses.  One of the best ways for us to support these workers is to become more conscious of what we buy and how it is made.  Better still we can change how our employers or Cover of No Sweat:  Changing Our Clothes to Change Lives
Scary Business: Trade Investment Labour Mobility Agreement tilma_scary_business.pdf (1.9 MB) The Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) was initiated by the governments of Alberta and British Columbia in April 2006.  An inter-provincial trade agreement designed to "free" trade and commerce between the two provinces. TILMA is clearly of business, by business and for business. " Its sweeping  provisions impact almost everything our governments do, and affect every level of government as well as hospitals and school boards. The two provinces are already talking about expanding the agreement across the country. Scary Business: Trade Investment Labour Mobility Agreement cover.
Top 5 Ways to Get Government to Confront the Climate Crisis 5_steps_to_action.pdf (817.46 KB) This leaflet describes the top five actions governments should take to meet and beat greenhouse gas emission reductions required to keep our climate in check. It encourages readers to take action by writing their municipal, provincial and federal government representatives with these top five priorities. Top 5 Ways to get governments to confront the climate crisus
Canada's Medicare System: Building on the Legacy Download (658.99 KB) Our Medicare is the triumph of values and economics.  It provides all Canadians with equal access to care on the basis of need, not wealth, privilege or status.  A large majority of Canadians are highly satisfied with the quality and standard of care Medicare gives them. Over the last 40 years our Medicare has served us very well. Our Medicare is worth celebrating and defending.  But more than that, our Medicare is, quite simply, a good and sensible idea that works.  But there is room for improvement. Cover: Canada's Medicare System:  Building on the Legacy
Women Empowering Women Download (373.15 KB) This leaflet describes the need for support of women in communitites across Canada.  It takes stock of the continued inequity faced by women and reflects on the challenges faced by Women's Centres and the services they offer 24/7.  Finally it is a call to recognize the hard work done by staff and the need for government action to support the workers and these services.   Women Empowering Women cover.
Pensions Manual, Fourth Edition Download (816.33 KB) The manual is an easy-to-use guide including much of what you need to know about pensions and retirement from a union perspective and a valuable resource to help educate activists in the field of pensions.  The 170-page manual contains 14 chapters covering a variety of pension's topics. Pensions Manual, Fourth Edition cover.
Trading Up: NUPGE Trade Backgrounder Download (242.61 KB) When discussing various national and international trade agreements the alphabet soup of acronyms and range of issues quickly becomes confusing.  However, it is important that Canadians understand what our government is negotiating in our name and what the impact of these agreements will be on our economy, democracy and society.  This background document provides and introduction and overview of four of the most important agreements: The World Trade Organization's General Agreement on Trade in Services; Continental Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP); The Trade, In Trading Up:  NUPGE Trade Backgrounder cover.
Labour Rights Are Human Rights Download (257.47 KB) This primer frames labour rights as a critical component of human rights helping to protect and promote the social and economic well-being of the human population.  It examines how the erosion of labour rights weakens democracy and threatens the economic prosperity of a nation. Labour Rights are Human Rights cover.
The Internet: Accessibility & Net Neutrality Download (147.54 KB) Access to the Internet is rapidly becoming a necessity for many in the developed and developing world. In a very real way access to the Internet, in particular the high-speed broadband capability, is becoming yet another defining factor between the world's haves and have-nots.  This digital divide exists both between countries and within a country. Cover: The Internet:  Accessibility & Net Neutrality
Collective Bargaining in Canada: Human Right or Canadian Illusion Download (425.76 KB) Collective Bargaining in Canada: Human Right or Canadian Illusion cover.
Adult Corrections Officers Download (190.5 KB) Correctional Officers of this country walk into an environment comprised of people who have been convicted of breaking the law with not much more than their courage, convictions and intelligence.  It is time we all recognize that jails that support both the workers and inmates are essential for a society to deal effectively with crime. Adult Corrections Officers cover. Safer Communities
Youth Workers Download (148.99 KB) Youth Correctional Professionals juggle the roles of social worker, counselor, educator, advocate, jailer and supervisor.  It is a tough job that is being made more difficult by federal and provincial governments.  Change is needed not just for the workers in the sector but also for the young offenders, their families and for protecting our communities.   Youth Workers cover. Safer Communities
Probation and Parole Download (207.35 KB) Probation and Parole Officers are mandated with protecting the public, rehabilitating the offender and ensuring that justice is served.  They are integral parts of the entire process an offender passes through — from pre-trail to post-sentencing.  All of this would be a tall order under the best circumstances.  Unfortunately, the system in Canada is not operating as well as it should.   Probation and Parole covers. Protecting Our Communities
Workers' Bill of Rights Download (69.78 KB) Are you concerned about the erosion of collective bargaining rights of working people in Canada and committed to reversing this dangerous trend?  If so, then make sure you get the elected leaders in your community to sign the Workers’ Bill of Rights, a pledge affirming that all workers have the right to join a union and bargain collectively. Workers' Bill of Rights cover.
A People's Contract: Medicare Pledge medicare_pledge.pdf (449.69 KB) A tool to be used during election campaigns asking candidates for public office to pledge to make health care a priority issue.  Candidates declare their support and, if elected, commitment to work for the implementation of three items of a health care agenda:  1) an end to the expansion of private, for profit, health care; 2) improving and expanding Senior Care services; and 3) the establishment of a national PharmaCare program to cover not just catastrophic medications but all medically necessary drugs. A People's Contract: Medicare Pledge cover.
Safer Communities Safer Canada Download (1.82 MB) Crime and punishment are never easy to deal with.  Youth crime may be the most difficult of all.  This publication provides a critical review of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).  It also sets out a multi-pronged approach to preventing and tackling youth crime and creating safer communities in Canada. Safer Communities Safer Canada cover.
Comments on the Exposure Draft of Section PS 3160, Public Private Partnerships NUPGE submission to consultations on PSAB rules for P3s.pdf (407.24 KB) Comments on the Exposure Draft of Section PS 3160, Public Private Partnerships Cover of "Comments on the Exposure Draft of Section PS 3160, Public Private Partnerships"
Submission on the Consultation on Strengthening Corporate Beneficial Ownership Transparency in Canada NUPGE submission to beneficial ownership consultations.pdf (562.28 KB) This publication was submitted to the federal government's consultation on Comments on Strengthening Corporate Beneficial Ownership Transparency in Canada in April 2020. In it, NUPGE calls on the federal government to create  apublicly accessible registry (or registries) of beneficial owners.
Working From Home: Considerations for Unions Download (4 MB) Cover of the paper entitled "Working From Home: Considerations for Unions"