D’Arcy Lanovaz has announced he will not seek re-election as President of CUPE Alberta at its upcoming convention.
Lanovaz, who is the father of a four-year-old son, said that while he loved the work, he was spending too much time away from his family.
“My son loves to collect the key cards I get when I stay at hotels,” Lanovaz explained. “When I saw how quickly he filled a wallet full of them, I knew I wasn’t spending enough time at home.”
Lanovaz has been President since December 2004, and in March of 2005 he became the first full time President of the Union.
“I’m proud that CUPE now has over 31,000 members in Alberta – 5,000 more than when I became President and as many as we had before we lost members in the health care run off votes in 2003.” Lanovaz pointed to an increased profile for the union and more coordinated approaches in bargaining and fighting privatization of public services.
CUPE Alberta will elect a new President on March 21st during its annual convention in Edmonton.