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National secretary-treasurer Claude Genéréux saw CUPEs new Strategic Directions policy paper in action when he visited British Columbias northern area district council this week

One of the priorities in the paper is to strengthen local unions, Genéréux says. That can only be done in conjunction with a vibrant district council and the NADC is one such council.

District councils are always called upon to help launch national and provincial action plans, says NADC president Marilyn Soules. So its good to be recognized by a national officer and be able to show him how we operate.

Strong councils can help bridge a worksite action to larger actions such as broad political protests and elections, says Genéréux, in praising the NADC for its work.

Local CUPE leaders say Genéréux is probably the first national officer to attend an NADC meeting since former president Grace Hartman came here in 1977 when the council was reactivated.

While there he visited four educational workshops, including a week-long occupational health and safety course, an area of union work in which the secretary-treasurer has long been active.

Last year, the NADC was the first of the six DCs in BC to create a diversity executive position and elected an aboriginal member to fill it.