Giving the convention a concrete message about why CUPE’s environmental campaigns matter, a granny and young worker from the Hospital Employees’ Union came to the microphones together.
The message that political action in CUPE knows no boundaries, was clearly evident. Delegates made the links between the significant international work that CUPE supports and local campaigns to fight privatization, ensure equal rights for all workers and protect the environment.
Water privatization and sustainability issues are on many delegates’ minds, including CUPE’s aboriginal activists. And the health and safety of workers was linked to that of our communities
Members brought heartfelt passion and sometimes humour to their stories. Public sewage campaigner Kim Manton of CUPE 1978 delivered her message in support of anti-privatization wearing a t-shirt that sported the message “Poo Poo on Pee Threes.”
Following three days of discussion on the initial draft Strategic Directions program, a revised document will be presented to delegates on Friday morning.