Community Service Workers


Our communities are facing a crisis

We have more people living on our streets, crowded into our jails, fighting with their addictions, and fending for themselves with mental illness or disabilities. We have more people and more families struggling to get by.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Community Service Workers support us. All we have to do is support them, too.

 

Their Stories

Stasia - Community Facilitator, BC.
Sheri - Addictions Counsellor, AB.
Roxanne - Community Health Worker, BC.
Susan - Youth Mental Health Clinician, BC.
Lucy - Community Nurse, ON.
Leanne - Social Service Worker student, ON.
Laurel - Career Practitioner, NS.
Kathie - Palliative Social Worker, AB.

Recent News

End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics — NUPGE supports World AIDS Day

End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics — NUPGE supports World AIDS Day

"While the world is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we must not forget that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is ongoing. World AIDS Day is an important moment to press for continued action to eradicate HIV/AIDS. Understanding the failures made in dealing with  AIDS can help us better deal with the current pandemic. ” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Global Day of Action: Investment and decent work in Care sector

Global Day of Action: Investment and decent work in Care sector

"Our members continue to deliver public health care and social care services throughout the pandemic and other crises, and under extremely challenging circumstances. They have come to be seen as heroes. And they deserve this recognition and our thanks, but they also deserve decent work. That means investment in quality public and social services, which will benefit us all." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day 2021

Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day 2021

“Showing ECEs and child care workers the appreciation and support they deserve is more than a one-day event—it must be core to this system-building project. This includes fair wages and benefits, implementing strategies for training, recruitment, and retention, and giving workers the resources they need to do their jobs.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

World Mental Health Day - NUPGE calls for immediate action to address mental health crisis

World Mental Health Day - NUPGE calls for immediate action to address mental health crisis

"As we approach the second winter of this pandemic, the impacts on mental health are increasing and demand immediate action. Mental health and well-being have long been ignored or met with caring words, followed by little else. This World Mental Health Day, we are demanding governments show their commitment through action! The pandemic has greatly harmed the mental health of many. As a society, we must take on the challenge of providing support to those struggling with mental health issues." ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Poll: Replace for-profit long term care with public system

Poll: Replace for-profit long term care with public system

"This polling shows that Canadians understand that our LTC system needs to change. Before the vaccines, Canada was the worst country at protecting our seniors in LTC. 80% of pandemic-related deaths were in LTC. Invest and make it public, these are 2 key steps toward better protecting our seniors and the workers who care for them." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

NUPGE Federal Election 2021: Overdose Crisis

NUPGE Federal Election 2021: Overdose Crisis

Only focusing on recovery and treatment is not enough. We need harm-reduction strategies like safe-consumption sites and a safe (non-poisonous) supply. The best way to stop the toxic drug supply is to give people pharmaceutical-grade alternatives, or give drug-checking technologies so that users can test, use, and share safely. We must also consider decriminalization.

OPSEU/SEFPO calls on Black Creek Community Health Centre to stop bullying and get back to bargaining

OPSEU/SEFPO calls on Black Creek Community Health Centre to stop bullying and get back to bargaining

"After demanding an unreasonable and unnecessary strike deadline extension, Ms. Davis walked away from the table, indicating with high-handed arrogance that they would take their “sweet time” in considering the union’s offer, effectively forcing the workers onto the picket line." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President

National Union calls on feds to declare overdose crisis a public health emergency

National Union calls on feds to declare overdose crisis a public health emergency

“My union recently convened a meeting of front-line workers from a wide range of communities from across the country who are dealing with the overdose crisis. I wish you could have heard their comments. Speaker after speaker impressed upon me the urgency of the situation.” — Larry Brown, President NUPGE