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The National Executive Board discussed the importance of relationship building with other unions and CUPEs participation within Federations of Labour and Labour Councils. Now more than ever CUPE needs to strengthen its ties with our allies in the labour movement.

In the few short months that I have been in office, I have met with many members of the CLC Executive Committee, other organizations and coalition groups to open up lines of communication and strengthen CUPE alliances. CUPE is also initiating joint meetings with other public sector union leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest.

While traveling, I have also attempted to meet with as many CUPE locals as possible to personally talk to members regarding their challenges and engaging in face-to-face exchanges. In those discussions, Ive been encouraging locals to play an active role in the broader labour movement in their communities, in political action and with coalition groups. Its by building stronger bonds at the community level that well create a firm foundation for our Communities Campaign and our fight against privatization.