SUMMERSIDE - Delegates at CUPE PEI’s 27th convention had a chance to put labour issues on the forefront of the provincial election campaign during their annual meeting in Summerside this week.
The leaders of the three political parties went one on one with the CUPE delegates and stated their position on issues such as health care, education, minimum wages and public services.
‘Earlier this year, we organized our first Political Action Conference to get our members issues on the political agenda. We also surveyed the leaders and produced a leaflet on labour issues so our members could make an informed choice come Election Day’, says Donalda MacDonald, President of CUPE PEI.
National President Paul Moist told delegates that CUPE would stand behind the fight to get fair wages and fight attacks, which are bigger than any of our locals or divisions, attacks like the ‘ATLANTICA deal’, which would lower our standard of living.
Delegates unanimously vowed to fight the development of a free trade zone between Canada and the New England states which would be detrimental for the region. They also voted in favour to pressure the Federal and the Provincial governments to restore funding for universal childcare.
National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux reiterated CUPE’s commitment to keep Medicare public. ‘Public services make our community better. We will keep fighting any attempt to privatize.’
Delegates re-elected Donalda MacDonald for her fourth term as Division President. CUPE Prince Edward Island represents 2400 members in the education, health, university, municipal, paramedics and nursing homes in the province.
For more information: Donalda MacDonald, President CUPE PEI - 902.969.9074