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A number of delegates spoke passionately about the absence of a national childcare strategy in Canada, and the toll that takes on women and working families.

Jamie Kass from CUPE 1979 in Ottawa attacked the federal government for devaluing the importance of child care. She reminded convention the government’s approach is based on an ideology that is “totally opposite to everything the trade union movement stands for with respect to collective responsibility.”

Delegates voted to make child care a priority at the bargaining table and in government lobby work.