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Women are on the front line every day, but they still face major barriers to political participation in CUPE, agreed a panel of community, political and union activists. Most delegates speaking to the “Strategic Directions” policy paper yesterday concurred.

The panel included NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis, community activist Punam Khosla, Canadian Union of Postal Workers president Deborah Bourque and Johanne Deschamps of the Quebec Federation of Labour.

Although more than 60 per cent of CUPE members are women, there are only five women out of 23 members on the National Executive Board.