Dear Sisters and Brothers:

In this, my first report as National President, let me again say what an honour it was to be elected as National President of CUPE, not just Canada’s biggest, but also Canada’s best union!

I became a CUPE member in 1984, never imagining that I would one day be elected as CUPE’s 6th National President. I am aware that I come into this new position standing on the shoulders of giants (Brother Stan Little, Sister Grace Hartman, Brother Jeff Rose, Sister Judy Darcy and Brother Paul Moist). Their hard work, along with the work and activism of members, local leaders and staff, have built CUPE. I look forward to continuing this work.

While it has been only 6 weeks since I took office, they have been busy weeks so there are a number of items for me to report here. I am also able to report on CUPE’s federal election work, even though the election obviously preceded our National Convention and my election.