The National Executive Board met in Ottawa, March 29-30, 2006.
Members unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for the union to make child care a political action priority. Chartered organizations are asked to:
- work with child care coalitions and the Blue Code Campaign for child care, and sign onto the open letter at www.buildchildcare.ca;
- pressure the federal and provincial governments to honour the federal-provincial bilateral agreements;
- seek support and lobby federal opposition parties.
The Stanhope Manifesto on Workers’ Compensation
At the request of representatives from CUPE, NUPGE and the Compensation Employees’ Union, Board members were asked to endorse a statement of principles of a fair and comprehensive workers’ compensation system, hence the “Stanhope Manifesto”. The statement sets out principles that unionized employees of Canadian workers’ compensation boards believe are the minimum conditions for a comprehensive and fair workers’ compensation system.
Generally, the document is well laid out, but the NEB suggested improvements that would strengthen the commitment to prevention, the right to refuse, and ensure that occupational illness is included in all parts of the document.
Locals are encouraged to use the Manifesto in their lobbying efforts. The statement can be found at www.cupe.ca/workerscomp.
Jack Layton, NDP Leader
NDP Leader Jack Layton met with National Executive Board members and thanked CUPE for our support in the election campaign. He committed to a renewed, deeper relationship between the party and labour, and outlined the NDP priorities for working families. He also encouraged CUPE divisions and locals to invite their NDP MPs to make presentations at meetings and other gatherings.
NEB Task Force on Energy
Canadians are struggling with energy sustainability and clear policy to move forward. The National Executive Board has decided that CUPE needs to look at all factors and issues related to this important policy area. With this in mind, a CUPE Task Force on Energy has been established and will be meeting to discuss energy issues.
NEB Sub-Committee on Solidarity Pacts
The 2005-2007 Strategic Directions Plan included a section titled – Gaining Ground with other Unions. To strengthen and actively pursue this direction, National Executive Board members established a small sub-committee to meet with NUPGE to develop a solidarity pact between our two unions.
National Women’s Task Force
The NWTF held its first meeting on February 25-27 to formulate their mandate and begin developing national and regional work plans. The members have begun making introductory presentations at various CUPE provincial events and are looking forward to reaching out and meeting with CUPE sisters and brothers to engage in the discussions that are needed to make our union stronger and fully participatory.
The National Executive Board adopted the December 31, 2005 year-end financial statements for the General Fund, the National Strike Fund and the National Defence Fund.
The approval of the financial statements confirmed the union’s substantial commitment to support the CUPE-BC Teachers’ Federation dispute, the OMERS pension fightback campaign, a national Child Care campaign (with other unions and coalition partners) and more resources for municipal and provincial election campaigns.
National Office Building Project
A PowerPoint presentation highlighted the structure, special efficiency and environmentally-friendly features of the proposed new building to house the CUPE National Office and CUPE Ottawa Area Office. Construction of the new building will begin in July 2006, on Tremblay Street, located in Ottawa.
Stemming from a NEB strategic session, members are closely reviewing and discussing organizing and bargaining trends on a national and regional level at each meeting. A useful and well-developed tool, Economic Climate for Bargaining, provides an overview of the current bargaining trends across the country. The report can be viewed at cupe.ca/economicclimate and is updated regularly.