Strategic directions – Building our power
Discussion on Wednesday focussed on increasing CUPE’s political power, with some delegates calling for stronger and more frequent references to working with the NDP to help them get elected and re-elected.
One delegate suggested affiliating to the NDP – noting that it does not cost anything for union locals to do so. Another pushed for CUPE to help and encourage members to run for office and noted that members need to donate their own money to the NDP. One member backed up this sentiment saying, “we need to tell our members not to just support the NDP, we need to become the NDP.”
Others spoke to the need to build power internally by communicating better with our members and helping those who cannot attend meetings to still participate.
Source: CUPE National