In his Monday address to convention, National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury made it clear: the strength of our national union does not come from our national office in Ottawa but from every member doing their part through per capita payments made by their locals to National.
“CUPE is a powerful union because we share our resources. This solidarity pact allows us to give better support to our members wherever they are in Canada,” said Fleury. “This is the purpose of our national union. When we work together, and support each other, we have the people and the resources to win many fights.”
But the financial power we have as a national union must be protected, he added: “If we want to continue to increase our members’ power and move forward together, we must manage our financial resources carefully. And we do.”
CUPE faces many financial challenges as an organization, noted Fleury—and staffing, where the majority of the union’s resources are invested, is a big one.