Sisters, Brothers and Friends:
As always, I began the new year meeting with staff across the country. This was an opportunity to discuss our priorities for 2019 and the challenges we are facing, as a union and as a movement, in the year ahead.
We discussed the challenges our members and locals are encountering in the face of government austerity agendas, and public sector funding cuts. We talked about CUPE’s bargaining policy, and the impact it is having on employers, big and small. And we talked about something you will be hearing more about from me this year – the question of union membership, and the difference between being a worker who pays union dues and enjoys the protection of a collective agreement, and a member-in-good-standing who enjoys the right to full participation in our union.
I always appreciate the opportunity to engage with staff on these and other conversations about our collective efforts and common goals. Their dedication to and support for our members and our union is key to the work that lies ahead.