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.
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
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.
B.C.-Canada child care deal an important step
"With this important step forward, we expect to see other provinces and territories coming to the table to negotiate strong deals that lay the groundwork for a universally accessible, publicly funded and publicly managed, high-quality child care system that fairly compensates and supports the workforce." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
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
Federal budget 2021: Lofty ambitions need details
"While there are certainly some positive measures, there are also serious gaps and missed opportunities in this budget." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
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
Report shows Canada has the worst record in protecting seniors — Long-term care needs to be under the Canada Health Act
NUPGE holds meeting on opioid-related poison drug crisis
Health professionals and justice workers represented by NUPGE are eyewitnesses to the unfolding crisis.
NUPGE submission to federal budget consultation
To ensure Canada recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic with minimal loss of life, and without leaving people behind, the federal government has an enormous role to play.
NUPGE supports temporary court order exempting people experiencing homelessness from Quebec curfew
“There was never a logical reason to include people experiencing homelessness in the curfew. People experiencing homelessness have no permanent shelter to stay in during the curfew, nor do they have the resources to pay the fines for breaking curfew. Had people experiencing homelessness been exempt from the curfew from the start, Raphaël André would still be with us today.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President