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Make Mental Health and Well-Being a Top Priority in Canada

The COVID pandemic has clearly illustrated how broken Canada’s mental health care system is. After two years of social and economic disruption, people of all ages are struggling with depression, stress and anxiety at unimaginable levels. Each of us are trying our best to cope with loneliness, loss and grief.

Yet there are tens of thousands of Canadians on waiting lists to receive mental health treatment, and tens of thousands more who can’t afford it in the first place. The personal and economic costs of mental illness and depression on our society are enormous.

It’s time to put mental health care at the top of the agenda. Canada needs a publicly administered, universal mental health care system that is accessible to all. Adding mental health to Canada’s Medicare system will provide vitally important mental health supports and treatment to all Canadians and guarantee everyone can lead a happy and healthy life.

Send a strong message to the government now


PPWC Local 16 On Strike for Fair Wages

CCU President Joanie Cameron Pritchett and Vice President John Hanrahan are calling on workers everywhere to support PPWC (Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada) Local 16 in British Columbia, currently on strike for wage fairness […]

One Thousand Dead and Rising

By Robin Smith, Second Vice-President York University Staff Association In recent weeks, we have all seen or heard news stories about the Bangladeshi workers who were either injured or crushed to death when the garment […]

CCU Kicks Off BC Workers Vote Campaign

Like the 2011 Federal and Ontario Provincial elections, the Confederation of Canadian Unions is once again establishing a political education campaign, named BC Workers Vote, to help its membership make informed voting choices for the […]

CCU Executive Meeting and Labour School

The Confederation of Canadian Unions held it’s 2013 executive meeting and labour school in Toronto. Delegates from the CCU’s four affiliated unions across the country took part. The keynote speaker was Lorraine Sudnik from York […]

CCU Welcomes the Release of Valentin Urusov

Russian trade union leader Valentin Urusov was released from imprisonment on March 15, 2013. The Confederation of Canadian unions is proud to be among the many union federations that pressured the Russian government to investigate […]

PPWC Holds 51st Annual Convention in Cranbrook

By PPWC Leaflet Editor Ron Richardson The annual PPWC convention is an event symbolic of our organization: democratic, participatory, independent, and always looking to the future while remembering our proud roots. This defines the 51st […]

CCU Welcomes the Release of Valentin Urusov

Russian trade union leader Valentin Urusov was released from imprisonment on March 15, 2013. The Confederation of Canadian unions is proud to be among the many union federations that pressured the Russian government to investigate […]

Calendar of Events

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2SLGBTQ* Pride Month
2SLGBTQ* Pride Month
Jun 1 all-day
2SLGBTQ* Pride Month
June is 2SLGBTQ* Pride Month, and the CCU has created two new postcards that you can print or share online. The Confederation of Canadian Unions supports the rights of the 2SLGBTQ* community in Canada and...
World Day Against Child Labour
World Day Against Child Labour
Jun 12 all-day
World Day Against Child Labour
152 million children are still in child labour today. Child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture. On this World Day Against Child...
Juneteenth Freedom Day
Juneteenth Freedom Day
Jun 19 all-day
Juneteenth Freedom Day
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came...
National Indigenous Peoples Day
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Jun 21 all-day
National Indigenous Peoples Day
The Confederation of Canadian Unions celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day, which recognizes the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples,...

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Documentary - 47 minutes

The 47-minute documentary, called The Voice for Independent Unions in Canada, illustrates the CCU's dedication to the establishment of a democratic, independent labour movement, its newfound working relationship with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and its commitment to growth and renewal. The documentary also focuses on the struggles of labour activists inside the CCU, its proud history, its work with social justice activists in Canada and around the globe, and the new economic challenges of wage stagnation and growing inequality.
The documentary will be submitted to over 50 film and documentary festivals in Canada and around the world in 2014 and 2015, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Hot Docs Festival. Be sure to watch the documentary in full screen and High Definition. Click on the little wheel in the bottom right corner of the video to the left of the YouTube icon, and then press 1080p HD. For full screen, simply press the little square to the right of the YouTube icon. Director and Editor: Sean Cain Executive Producer: Joanie Cameron Pritchett