Apr 18, 2014

CLC 2014 Candidate for President Primer

Are you a first time-deligate to, or interested observer of the 2014 CLC Convention?

You're in luck. 

For the first time in nearly a decade, a real, live election will be held for president of the Canadian labour movement. 

If you're a delegate to this year's convention in Montreal, you'll get a chance to cast your vote for one of these three candidates. 

Check back here over the coming days for additional updates and occassional analysis on this exciting race.

But for the particularly uninitiated, we'll start with a brief quick-glance primer at all three candidates.

Most of the information is compiled from the official websites of each candidate. 


Canadian Labour Congress
2014 Convention
candidate primer

Ken Georgetti
Hassan Husseini
Hassan Yussuff

Resume Highlights

  • Incumbent CLC president since 1999

  • Elected BC Fed President at 34 yrs of age - served 1986-1999

  • Elected president of USW Local 480 (as a plumber-pipefitter at Cominco in Trail BC) at 29 yrs of age


  • Ferne Downey: President

  • Joseph Maloney: Vice President, Western Canada

  • Paul Moist: President, CUPE National

  • Dave Ritchie: Canadian General Vice President

  • Joseph S. Mancinelli: Int'l Vice President & Regional Manager, Central & Eastern Canada

  • James Clancy: National President
  • Larry Brown: National Sec-Treas

Teamsters Canada
  • Robert Bouvier: President

  • Paul Meinema: National President, UFCW Canada
  • Anouk Collett: Quebec Reg. Dir.

  • Nick Worhaug: Canadian Director

  • Ken Newman: National Director
  • Stephen Hunt: Dist. 3 Dir.
  • Daniel Roy: Dist. 5 Dir.
  • Marty Warren: Dist. 6 Dir.

Campaign Slogans

  • Work Together, Win Together, The Choice is Simple

Platform Highlights

  • Continue improving Labour's image with "Together Fairness Works" campaign

  • Continue implemeting the "anti-raiding" protocol to maintain harmony amongst affiliates

  • Continue coordinating labour's intervention in court cases, shaping labour law for generations

Resume Highlights

  • Negotiator for Public Service Alliance of Canada

  • Masters Degree in Law

  • Member of UNIFOR

  • Former Political Action & Campaigns Rep. for CLC

  • Immigrated from Beirut, Lebanon


  • Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council

  • Guelf & District Labour Council

  • Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA)

  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (Ontario)

  • Toronto District Council
  • Local 1281
  • Local 4207
  • Local 4000
  • Local 4600

  • Local 567
  • Local 2025

  • Ottawa Area Council
  • Union of Canadian Transportation Employees
  • Customs & Immigration Union

Campaign Slogans

  • Equality, Diversity, Democracy

Platform Highlights

  • Reduce Presidents Exec Assistants from 4 FTEs to 1

  • Change President pay and compensation

  • Shift savings to field services

  • Facilitate international "worker-to-worker" interaction

  • Work cooperatively with other CLC officers and staf

  • Does not see president as a "CEO of the labour movement"

  • Open an online discussion with Canadian Council and the Labour Councils on Labour's Program in advance of the 2015 Federal Election

  • Develop and present an "independent" vision to political parties and politicians

  • Place equity issues at the heart of CLC work

  • Restore Equality caucuses, and leadership spaces for equality reps.

  • Place CLC at forefront of social justice issues and campaigns.

Resume Highlights

  • Incumbent CLC Sec-Treas since 2002

  • Serving 4th term as president of Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA)

  • Heavy Truck Mechanic

  • CAW member (now UNIFOR)

  • Immigrated from Guyana


  • National Executive

  • John Cartwright: President, Toronto and York Region Labour Council

Campaign Slogans

  • Different Leadership, New Results

  • Leadership for a Bold Labour Movement

  • Leading Labour to a Bright Future

Platform Highlights

  • Build activism

  • Provide bold leadership

  • trust members to undertake tough, complex battles while we fight for more jobs

  • Connect CLC more closely to crucial struggles

  • Create and era of respect for officers and staff

No comments: