Vancouver, B.C.– CUPE members attending CUPE’s First National Human Rights Conference in Vancouver endorsed a declaration to strengthen diversity in the union at the closing session of the four-day conference.
“The Vancouver declaration unifies our efforts to promote human rights, equality and diversity,” said CUPE national president Paul Moist. “It will build on CUPE’s important work in the struggle for equality for all and guide the work of our committees, conferences and conventions at all levels of the union.”
The declaration includes the creation of a human rights course incorporating the work of the conference, and initiatives to increase diversity and ensure that all levels of the union, committees, executive and staff structures reflect the full diversity of CUPE’s membership.
“Our voices rising was the theme of our conference, and together, participants have made a historic declaration to ensure our voices continue to rise and be heard from coast to coast beyond this conference and into the future,” said Claude Généreux, CUPE national secretary-treasurer.
“CUPE’s organizing, bargaining, activism and international work will be stronger thanks to the participants of the Our Voices Rising human rights conference and the Vancouver Declaration,” added Moist.
For more information on the Our Voices Rising conference, visit cupe.ca where highlights, keynote speakers, workshops and presentations are featured.
For further information, please contact:
Paul Moist, CUPE National President - 613-558-2873
Louise Leclair, CUPE Communications Director - 613-314-7199