Tell us Why Unions Matter and you could win $1,000!

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It is a great and resounding truth that unions make life better for millions upon millions of people in very concrete ways every day. But this is too narrow a truth. Unions give us more. Something less tangible but more enduring. They give us an idea: the idea that our lives matter.

To help celebrate the countless ways in which unions have help spread this idea, NUPGE has been inviting all Canadians to share with us, in their own personal way, Why Unions Matter. We’ve received poems, stories, pictures, videos, and songs, and we’re looking for more.

We consider the entries every month and award a $1,000 prize to our favourites. So be bold. Be creative. Be heartfelt.

Why unions matter to Canada

Recently, we've decided to call for entries that follow particular themes. To help celebrate Canada Day, we're asking that throughout June, people submit entries that show why unions matter to our country. 

Future themes will be:

  • July 2016: Why unions matter to your community
  • August 2016: Why unions matter to your education or to world peace
  • September 2016: Why unions matter to Islamic Canadians or to social justice
  • October 2016: Why unions matter to children
  • November 2016: Why unions matter to Canadians with disabilities and to human rights
  • December 2016: Why unions matter to women 
  • January/February 2017: Why unions matter 
  • March 2017: Why unions matter to equality
  • April 2017: Why unions matter for peace
  • May 2017: Why unions matter for democracy

Previous winners 

List of Why Unions Matter contest winners

Rules & Regulations of the Why Unions Matter Contest


NUPGE's Why Unions Matter contest began on September 1, 2013 and we continue to accept submissions. Every month, until the contest is declared closed, one submission will be chosen as the winner, and the creator will win a $1,000 prize.


Submissions may include videos, poems or songs (300 words maximum). Videos must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or the online video-sharing service of your choice. Once uploaded, you must send an email to containing a link to the video along with your name, address, and telephone number.

Poems or songs may be submitted in writing (or video) to as well.


Detailed Rules and Regulations


Entries must be a maximum of three minutes long, or 300 words in length. Video entries must be uploaded to your video-sharing site. Video links, photos, poems, songs and other writing must be emailed to for entry into the contest.


By the 15th of each month, NUPGE will select the winner from all entries received the previous month. The month of entry will be determined by the submission date. The winning entrants will be notified by telephone and/or email and will be posted on  The decisions of the judges will be final.


Each month's winner will receive a prize of $1,000.


All entrants must be residents of Canada. Entries are subject to verification and may be declared invalid in NUPGE's sole discretion. Neither NUPGE elected officials, NUPGE staff members, nor immediate family members of NUPGE elected officials or staff members are eligible.


It is the sole responsibility of all entrants to ensure that entries submitted are original works and do not violate any law or agreement. Without limiting the foregoing, entrants specifically warrant and agree that they have obtained any release and consent that may be required of:

a) persons appearing in the entry, or a parent or guardian in the case of persons under 18;

b) owners of personal property featured in the entry; and

c) copyright holders of any images, music, or written or spoken words included in the entry.


Entrants grant to NUPGE, without further compensation, the right in perpetuity to publication, reproduction and full use of entries, including, but not limited to, publishing on any NUPGE website, presentation at NUPGE meetings or conventions, or any other purpose. Entrants further grant to NUPGE the right to edit, shorten, or clarify sections of the entry.


Entrants release, indemnify and hold harmless NUPGE, its officers, directors, and employees and their affiliates of NUPGE and all of their officers, directors and employees from any claim, loss, expense or other liability which may arise in connection with the competition, the preparation of entries or the content of any entry, as a result of a prize being awarded, or otherwise.


Entrants expressly consent to NUPGE collecting, storing, and using personal information submitted for the purposes of administering the contest, and as necessary for promotion and future use of entries as per NUPGE's sole discretion.


NUPGE reserves the right in its sole discretion, to amend competition rules at any time during the competition period or to cancel or suspend the competition.


By entering this contest, entrants agree they have read, understood and are legally bound by these rules and the foregoing warranties, consents, waivers, releases, and statements of indemnification.



The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

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