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Delegates passed a resolution supporting the Global Justice Fund at the 45th CUPE Manitoba Division convention held April 23-26 in Brandon, Man.

“Manitoba delegates have given a voice to providing a method of maintaining the viability of the national Global Justice Fund,” National global justice committee member Denyse Lambert said.

Resolution 17 said in part that the division would “Encourage all locals to submit one cent per member per day ($3.65 per member per year) ” to the national fund.

“Building the CUPE national Global Justice Fund promotes our commitment to quality public services internationally and encourages the promotion of worker to worker partnerships around the globe,” the resolution added. “In strengthening and stabilizing our Global Justice Fund, CUPE will continue and encourage international projects which seek to promote the commitments highlighted in our 2007-2009 Strategic Directions Program.”

Delegates also supported a resolution on the greening of the Winnipeg Union Centre, and one calling for the education of all on the ramifications of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), the new free trade arrangement between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

“They have asked CUPE Manitoba to be at the forefront of establishing policy so brothers and sisters working at the Union Centre can do so in a green and environmentally sustainable building,” she added.

“They have given profile to the SPP by reminding us that solidarity, education and action are our weapons against what is an insidious prospect for the future of working people across North America.”

“Those who spoke on the resolutions and voted for the fund have moved us closer to our goals,” Lambert said. “The next step to keeping the resolutions alive is up to us.”