Charles Fleury was elected National Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Union of Public Employees today at the union’s national convention in Vancouver.
Fleury, from Terrebonne, Quebec, has been a member of CUPE for almost 30 years. For the last 12 years, he has been Secretary– General for CUPE 1500, which represents 6,000 Hydro-Quebec members. He has also been a member of CUPE’s National Executive Board since 2003.
Fleury succeeds Claude Généreux, who after 10 years in the position decided not to seek re-election.
“Brother Claude has left me with some pretty big shoes to fill, and I will do my best to follow the excellent example he’s set for the entire union over this last decade,” said Fleury.
Close to 2,000 convention delegates took part in the vote, representing the over 610,000 members of CUPE from across the country. Fleury was elected on the third ballot.
“I offer my most sincere congratulations to Brother Charles, and look forward to working with him on building CUPE into an even stronger union,” said Paul Moist, CUPE national president. Moist was re-elected as national president, acclaimed to another two year term. He has been national president since 2003.
Also re-elected are Fred Hahn, Barry O’Neill, Lucie Levasseur, Tom Graham and Daniel Légère as general vice-presidents.
“I thank all the delegates and each and every member of CUPE from coast to coast to coast, for their continued trust and support,” said Moist on his re-election. “I also congratulate the re-elected general vice-presidents. Working together, united, with all our 610,000 members, we will help build a better Canada for all workers.”
CUPE’s national convention continues until Friday at the Vancouver Convention Centre. On Thurday, Nov. 3, NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel will deliver a key note address, at approx. 9:30 a.m. PT. A complete schedule and more convention information is available at cupe.ca/convention.