Now it’s up to us to take action: Inspiring weekend at convention in Gatineau

Over three days at the 2019 COPE/SEPB Convention, delegates had the privilege of listening to speakers talking about issues not only related to our union, but about issues that impact our communities, our country, and our world overall.

We heard from the likes of#MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke, to Federal NDP candidate Emilie Taman, to CLC Executive Vice-President (and former member of this union) Larry Rousseau, along with union leaders from across our country. These speakers spoke passionately about issues such as the past, present and future of the labour movement and unionization, the importance of truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the rise of anti-immigration, transphobic and homophobic sentiment from right-wing influences, and the need to continue fighting for human and workers’ rights.

The prevailing message from all of the speakers is the need for all of us to take action. These speakers can motivate us, but it is up to us to take action to create a better today and tomorrow for ourselves, our families, our communities, and the next generation.

As you return home to your respective provinces, locals and workplaces, we hope you leave our 2019 Convention feeling INSPIRED TO ACTION. See you in British Columbia in 2022!