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CUPE National secretary-treasurer Claude Généreux opened the union’s new Atlantic headquarters at a ceremony September 27. It is the first ever LEED-certified union building in Atlantic Canada.

Généreux was joined at the opening by dignitaries such as provincial labour minister Marilyn More and dozens of members, staff and CUPE retirees.

The office has relocated from its long-time spot at Bayers Road Village to Burnside Park, a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly new space that is four times the size.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is given to building projects that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability by meeting higher performance standards in environmental responsibility and energy efficiency.

There are three levels of certification: platinum, gold and silver. CUPE will be applying for gold certification for the new regional office.