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On December 12, the CUPE National Executive Board (NEB) unanimously approved the union’s 2013 budget. The balanced budget was introduced by National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury.

We approached the 2013 budget with the same caution we have exercised over the last few years,taking into account the current political and economic climate, which sees us fighting back against austerity attacks on our collective bargaining rights,” he said. “CUPE needs to ensure we have the necessary resources to continue to fight to protect our collective agreements and public services.”

Our bargaining rights are under attack by governments at every level, backed by employers intent on weakening workers’ power. We must protect these fundamental rights,” added Fleury.

Accordingly, a permanent fight back fund was created to counter legislative attacks like Ontario’s Bill 115, which threatens the democratic rights to free collective bargaining for CUPE school board locals.

We have been able to put the better part of new revenues towards strengthening divisions and district councils, winning elections and fighting back against political and economic attacks on our members’ rights and working conditions,”  concluded Fleury.