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A long-time CUPE member and activist has been chosen as the new president of the Alberta Federation of Labour. Les Steel, a member of CUPE Local 30 in Edmonton, was acclaimed as president at the AFLs convention in May.

Steel takes the helm after serving as the Federations Secretary-Treasurer for six years. Before that, he was an active member of his CUPE local, which represents City of Edmonton outside workers.

In the wake of raids in Alberta, no one said that being AFL President in 2001 would be a rose garden. Steel, however, knows what lies ahead for the AFL.

Our recent convention reminded us that working people are stronger when we stand together, said Steel. When unions band together we create a powerful movement a movement on behalf of working people that cant be ignored.

As president, Steel says he will also push for changes to Albertas anti-union labour laws and continue the fight against private health care and other aspects of the Klein governments right-wing agenda.

Congratulations Les!