Paul Moist, National President
Paul Moist is national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Canada’s largest union with more than 620,000 members.
A firm believer in the labour movement as a force for social change, Moist has used his leadership to champion public services such as health care, education and municipal services. He has led CUPE in opposing privatization and advocating for increased literacy, improving the socio-economic conditions of Aboriginal peoples and human rights nationally and globally.
Moist is a leading labour spokesperson on the economy and trade issues. He has championed key political issues such as the need for senior levels of government to address Canada’s growing municipal infrastructure deficit, and the need to address retirement security for all Canadians.
A CUPE members since 1975 as a City of Winnipeg employee, Moist has worked for CUPE for 30 years, ten as a CUPE National Representative, ten as president of CUPE Local 500 (Winnipeg Civic employees) and as National President since 2003.
A Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Moist also serves as a Governor of the Labour College of Canada, and as a Director of SHARE (The Shareholder Association for Research and Education).
Moist is CUPE’s 5th National President and the first from Western Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba where he majored in Canadian History and Political Studies. In 2012 he was honoured by the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Arts Distinguished Alumni Award. He also was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for meritorious service to the community.
He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Marion.