FORT MCMURRAY – Calling his own report ‘boring’ National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux told CUPE Alberta delegates that the union’s finances are healthy, and CUPE is ready to meet and finance the battles ahead.
“I’m happy to report that there is no financial crisis in CUPE, our funds are healthy, and we can do the things we need to do to protect our members and build strong communities.”
“And that is why we need a strong financial base, so that we can take on tough battles,” said Généreux. “A financially strong CUPE is my commitment to you.”
Généreux said that CUPE ran a small surplus in 2005, and is planning on running a balanced budget for 2006. “That means we spent our money,” said Généreux. “We provided services for members.’
“There are still challenges of creating budgets in CUPE,” said Généreux. “The National Executive Board (NEB) received requests for $9 million in new spending, about 10% of our operating budget.”
“In fact, because of increased revenue, we were able to fund $1 million in new spending, but it took hard work for the NEB to agree on what requests to go forward with,” said Généreux. “But I’m proud of the fact that we passed the budget unanimously, for the first time ever.”
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