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In his report to delegates, CUPE National President Paul Moist rattled off a long list of successes that highlight the impact of our collective action since last convention.

Among CUPE’s “defining moments,” he recalled the spring 2004 provincial strikes when HEU/CUPE members in B.C. and members in Newfoundland and Labrador hit the streets.

Moist applauded Cape Breton school board workers, whose 21-day strike last April ended with CUPE’s Nova Scotia members all bargaining at the same table—a first. He also praised the efforts of striking Calgary Casino workers and Regina civic workers.

In Quebec, he said, CUPE members stopped a P3 deal for Montreal public transit and defended the publicly owned Hydro Québec, while in Ontario members are fighting for joint trusteeship of the OMERS pension plan. “The quality of life in our country is defined by the work that each of you do every day,” Moist said. “Be proud of that fact.”