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Media Statement

In the aftermath of the 2001 National Convention, CUPE National President Judy Darcy and newly elected National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Gnreux launched an internal investigation into allegations of financial irregularities involving the use of CUPE National funds.

In the course of this investigation, it was discovered that CUPE National funds had been diverted to finance the Sid Ryan campaign for the position of National Secretary-Treasurer.

Because of the seriousness of this matter, the CUPE National Officers decided to refer this matter to the police, and advised all of those involved that this action would be taken.

Moreover, a number of actions have been taken by the National President and National Secretary-Treasurer to ensure the financial integrity of our members hard-earned dues dollar.

Improved financial systems and controls have been set in place. As well, the employment of the former Managing Director of Finance and Administration has been terminated.

In addition, a task force has been appointed to recommend new election conduct rules to apply to all candidates for future elections for National Executive Board positions.

As this matter has now been referred to police, no further statements will be issued at this time.