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CUPE was pleased to see the federal government adopt the Kyoto Protocol at the beginning of this week. We have played a key role in the CLCs working group on Kyoto, where we will continue to be active pressuring the federal government on implementation issues. A key demand will be for labours Just Transitions policy, being put forward to protect workers who might be negatively affected by implementation.

We recognize the need for education on what Kyoto might mean for CUPE members as workers and citizens. This is also an opportunity for us to build support for environment programs and green infrastructure that are crucial to the economic health and public health of our communities. This issue will be on the agenda of the Environment Committee when they meet in March.