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New themes for Why Unions Matter contest in 2017

NUPGE is still accepting entries for December or you can start working on your entry for 2017! 

Ottawa (10 March 2017) — There are new themes coming to the Why Unions Matter contest in the new year! 

Since the launch of the campaign in 2013, NUPGE has received hundreds of submissions from across the country. Entries have been tremedously funny, creative and heartfelt — people sharing personal stories and experiences on how unions matter to them. The entries have ranged from poems and songs, to stories and videos celebrating the countless ways in which unions have an impact on our lives and on society, in general. 

The National Union considers the entries every month and award a $1,000 prize to our favourites. So be bold. Be creative. Be heartfelt.

The new themes starting in January 2017 are

  • January/February: Why unions matter
  • March: Why unions matter to equality
  • April: Why unions matter for peace
  • May: Why unions matter for democracy

More themes will be added along the way, so keep checking our contest page for more information, or to find out who the winners are! You can also find the rules and regulations there. 

"We want to thank all the people who have taken the time and put in the effort to submit their pieces," said Larry Brown, NUPGE President. "People recognize the value unions have to their lives and their communities. And they're doing a great job at sharing their perspective with Canadians."

"We look forward to a new round of creative entries in the new year!," Brown said.