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In 2016, CUPE members across the country will be facing many challenges. While the labour movement has successfully fought off many attacks on our rights as workers, we still have much to do in the upcoming year to achieve progressive change for workers, our families and our communities.

We will be putting organizing front and centre in 2016, focusing first on increasing protection for precarious workers. We must also continuing our fight against the privatization and contracting-out of the public services Canadians depend on everyday.

This work will depend on strong locals. By engaging our members, and providing locals with the resources they need at the bargaining table, CUPE will continue to back up our members fights for decent wages, better benefits, and stronger pensions.

2016 will also be CUPE’s Year of Health and Safety.  We will renew our attention to achieving safer workplaces – for our members, and all workers in Canada and around the world, particularly for those in the most precarious and vulnerable jobs.

We will also continue to build power outside our work places, working with the other unions, our allies, and the NDP to be a strong political voice for workers – in Canada and around the world.

The new federal Liberal government has made many promises - such as rolling back the Conservative’s regressive attacks on workers rights, and on moving forward with real action on climate change, just to name a few. In 2016, we are committed to standing with our partners to hold the Liberals to account, and make sure they live up to their promises.

With your help, CUPE is ready to take on these challenges in 2016. We wish you and your family all the best in the New Year, and hope you join us in renewing our commitment to building workers’ power across the country and around the world.

Together we will make CUPE an even stronger and louder voice for workers everywhere.

In solidarity,

Mark Hancock
National President

Charles Fleury
National Secretary-Treasurer