Pledging to renew her untiring efforts in defence of public services and the people who deliver them, Judy Darcy was re-elected to her sixth two-year term as National President. She’ll be joined at the helm by Claude Généreux, elected National Secretary-Treasurer.
Thanking delegates for their overwhelming endorsement, Darcy stressed the need to rebuild unity within CUPE, directing all our energies against governments and corporations intent on gutting the public sector.
Généreux, president of CUPE Quebec for the past eight years, won a decisive victory after a hard-fought campaign. The health care worker from CUPE 313 in Montreal polled 1327 votes, while CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan received 784 of the ballots cast.
Généreux pledged to focus his energies on the finances of the union, working closely with leadership across the country. He also paid special tribute to his mother, Jeanne, who ensured her family had ‘macaroni with dignity’ during years of struggle as a single mother.