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Delegates to the CLC Convention adopted a plan of action that puts the defence of a strong public sector and opposition to privatization front and centre.

And to help move that agenda forward, Sister Joanna Mason from CUPE 500 in Winnipeg was elected a General Vice President in one of two seats set aside for workers of colour.

CUPE members played an active role at convention, speaking forcefully to the policy papers on social and economic justice, fighting racism, organizing and global solidarity. As well, they supported resolutions defending the right to strike, demanding action on pay equity and defending public control of health care, education and water services.

An emergency resolution presented by CUPE supporting the workers at DEVCO was adopted unanimously by convention. The resolution calls for CLC support in building public awareness across the country of the miners’ struggle for justice.

Delegates acclaimed Ken Georgetti as the new CLC president, Nancy Riche as Secretary-Treasurer and Jean-Claude Parrot and Hassan Yussuff as Executive Vice-Presidents.

As well, they paid tribute to Bob White and Dick Martin, who are retiring from the leadership of the Congress.