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No process is democratic if it subjects the rights of a minority to the will of the majority,” explained a CUPE delegate in slamming the BC government’s plan to hold a referendum on treaty settlements. Convention delegates agreed, voting to support a resolution calling on CUPE to oppose the use of referendums on issues of Aboriginal entitlement.

Delegates also approved an emergency resolution condemning acts of homophobic violence and endorsed the use of an equity screen to help make CUPE documents, meetings and activities more welcoming and reflective of the union’s diversity.