Canada’s unions elect new leaders to help chart a hopeful post-pandemic future for workers

Canada’s unions elect new leaders to help chart a hopeful post-pandemic future for workers

OTTAWA , June 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Almost 4,000 delegates on the Canadian Labour Congress’ 29th Constitutional Conference at the moment elected Officers to guide the group till 2023.

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is Canada’s main umbrella group of nationwide unions, provincial federations of labour and native labour councils and represents over three million staff.

Bea Bruske from United Meals and Business Employees (UFCW) was elected because the CLC’s President. She replaces retiring President Hassan Yussuff who has held the place for 2 phrases spanning the previous seven years. Bruske, who obtained overwhelming help from conference delegates, was beforehand Secretary Treasurer and a negotiator with UFCW 832 and a Vice-President of the UFCW Canada Nationwide Council.

“I’m honored to be elected as CLC’s new President and I’m trying ahead to working with a devoted staff dedicated to advancing the pursuits of the nation’s staff and their households,” mentioned Bruske. “We’re dedicated to constructing a Canada that works for everybody. Amongst our key priorities shall be to make sure staff are centered within the post-pandemic restoration.”

Lily Chang was elected to exchange outgoing Secretary-Treasurer Marie Clarke Walker. Chang was beforehand Treasurer of Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) native 79.

Returning Govt Vice-President Larry Rousseau was re-elected for a second time period. Rousseau was first elected to the place on the 2017 CLC Conference in Toronto.

Newly elected Govt Vice-President Siobhan Vipond replaces outgoing Govt Vice-President Donald Lafleur. Vipond was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Alberta Federation of Labour.

Almost 4,000 delegates from throughout Canada participated within the CLC’s first ever digital conference and debated points together with pharmacare, the creation of fine jobs and the way to make sure a robust COVID-19 pandemic restoration plan that addresses racial and gender inequities. In addition they handed resolutions on combating Islamophobia and Anti-Asian racism, in addition to a decision calling for the federal authorities fulfill the 94 Calls to Motion of the Fact and Reconciliation Fee.

Delegates to the Conference additionally elected labour council and fairness representatives who will lead for the approaching mandate. These positions embrace illustration for LGBTQ2SI, younger staff, staff of color, Indigenous staff and incapacity rights, in addition to regional representatives throughout Canada.

New Officers and council members have been sworn in late Friday simply previous to the Conference’s shut. 

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