National Executive Board Highlights – June 2018
The National Executive Board (NEB) observed a minute of silence to reflect upon the loss of members in our CUPE family. Remembered were: Brother Xiaochun Luo, Local 500, workplace fatality; Sister Renuka Amarasinghe, Local 4400; Brother Simon Cudworth, Local 1858; Sister Stacey Laidlaw, Local 873; Brother Ray Arsenault, retired staff; Brother George Wilson, retired staff; Brother Denzil D’Souza, retired staff.
Canadian Labour Congress
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has undertaken a review of their constitution. The NEB spent time reviewing the terms of reference, the consultation documents, and the constitution itself. In preparation for CUPE’s submission, the Board asked for information on the level of CUPE affiliation and participation in Labour Councils and Federations of Labour across the country. Watch for a local union survey soon.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh
The NEB welcomed Jagmeet Singh, leader of Canada’s NDP, on June 12, for a discussion about the federal political landscape and the work being done by the NDP caucus and the Party in the lead up to next year’s federal election. Among the topics discussed: the importance of public services and public infrastructure; the need to protect and expand our public health care system; and the fight for fair and equitable taxation.