Claude Gnreux has been elected National Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE. Gnreux, who has served as a general vice-president and president of CUPE Qub0065c for eight years, won a decisive victory after a hard-fought campaign.
The health care worker from CUPE 313 in Montreal polled 1,327 votes while CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan received 784 of the ballots cast.
Claude pledged to focus his energies on the finances of the union, working closely with leadership across the country to strengthen CUPE’s fight to protect jobs and public services.
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.
Claude began his union activity when at the age of 18 he was involved in his first strike. In 1980 he began working at a psychiatric hospital in Montreal and became active in his union, first as a health and safety activist. In 1991 he was elected president of his local and since 1993 has served as a union officer at the local, Quebec and national levels.