TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With CUPE Ontario’s first-ever digital conference nonetheless underway, delegates re-elected Fred Hahn as President and Candace Rennick as Secretary-Treasurer. Additionally, 4 Vice-Presidents had been elected.
“I’m so grateful and humbled that the hard-working front-line staff and members of CUPE Ontario have entrusted me but once more with this place,” stated Fred Hahn, who has been president of the union representing 280,000 public staff since 2010. “This could also be an historic disaster we’re nonetheless in, nevertheless it’s additionally an historic alternative to collectively make Ontario the absolute best province it might be. And after I take into consideration how, within the midst of a lot uncertainty, we might nonetheless at all times depend on the ability, the caring, and the dedication of CUPE Ontario members, I really feel extremely hopeful.”
Prior to his election as president, Hahn served in a number of roles throughout the union, beginning as a member of CUPE Local 2191 when he labored as a residential councillor for youngsters at Community Living Toronto. When first elected president of CUPE Ontario, Hahn made historical past as the primary overtly homosexual provincial chief of a serious union in Canada.
“I’m honoured to have the continued help and belief of native delegates,” stated Candace Rennick, who has held the place of Secretary-Treasurer since 2009. “As we emerge from the pandemic, we will absolutely anticipate governments and employers to reintroduce eras of austerity and restraint, and CUPE Ontario is effectively positioned to battle to defend our members and the providers we offer.”
Prior to her election, Rennick additionally served in a number of roles, starting as a member of CUPE Local 2280, working as a private help employee in a Peterborough long-term care dwelling. When first elected secretary-treasurer of CUPE Ontario in 2010, Rennick additionally made historical past, turning into the primary lady and youngest individual ever elected to that place.
CUPE Ontario delegates additionally elected 4 Vice-Presidents:
Michael Hurley, re-elected as 1st Vice-President. Hurley has been a member of the CUPE Ontario Executive Board since 1982. He has additionally been president of CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) since 1990 and an Ontario Regional Vice-president of CUPE National since 2000. Hurley is from the Perley-Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa.
Yolanda McClean, re-elected as 2nd Vice-President. McClean is the Equity Vice-President for CUPE 4400 (representing 13,000 Toronto Education Workers), the President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Canada, and is beginning her fourth time period as a Diversity Vice-President of CUPE’s National Executive Board.
Tiffany Balducci, elected as 3rd Vice-President. Balducci, who was beforehand 4th Vice-President of CUPE Ontario, can also be the President of Durham Northumberland CUPE Council, President of Durham Region Labour Council, a member of CUPE Local 1281, a group organizer with Green Jobs Oshawa, and the Ontario Federation of Labour Vice President.
Brittany Nisbett, elected as 4th Vice-President. Nisbett was beforehand a member at massive since 2018 for CUPE Ontario’s government board. She is a member of CUPE Local 2977, representing developmental help providers staff within the Niagara Region.