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Judy Darcy, who has served as CUPE’s National President for twelve years, has announced she won’t be standing for reelection at CUPE’s national convention in October.

Under her leadership, CUPE has been a progressive, militant union, fighting for the rights of public sector workers and against corporate control of public services. In the workplace, in the streets, in the courts and in the political arena, CUPE has led opposition to the privatization of health care, water, education, power and other vital community services. As well, the union has been in the forefront of the fight for equality, safe working conditions, respect and peace.

In a letter to CUPE locals expressing her pride in CUPE and thanking members for their support through the years, Darcy says “I’ve poured my heart and soul into this union for over 30 years. And I’m very happy to say that my energy and spirit of struggle are still incredibly high. And it seems to me that’s the best possible time to decide to leave.”

In a media statement Darcy says “I feel as passionate today as I always have about workers’ rights, privatization, equality and peace. But I think that after twelve years as head of CUPE, it’s time for me to wage these battles in other ways.”