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. 

Enjoy!


Canadian Labour Congress
2014 Convention
unofficial
candidate primer


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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


Endorsements


ACTRA
  • Ferne Downey: President


Boilermakers
  • Joseph Maloney: Vice President, Western Canada


CUPE
  • Paul Moist: President, CUPE National


IAMAW
  • Dave Ritchie: Canadian General Vice President


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


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


Teamsters Canada
  • Robert Bouvier: President


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


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  • Nick Worhaug: Canadian Director


USW
  • 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


Endorsements


  • Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council

  • Guelf & District Labour Council

  • Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA)

  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (Ontario)


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


UNIFOR
  • Local 567
  • Local 2025


PSAC
  • 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


Endorsements


UNIFOR:
  • 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
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