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CWA-Canada Hosts National Meeting

Last week, CWA-Canada hosted its annual National Representative Council Meeting (NRC), where delegates from all over Canada met to set the union’s priorities for the next year. About fifty local presidents and elected members spent two days in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada’s only officially bilingual province.

CWA President Claude Cummings Jr. attended the meeting virtually. He shared information about his background, recognized the tenacity of workers who participated in last year’s strike at TVO, and affirmed his commitment to support striking workers. CWA-Canada is made up primarily of news media workers, and Cummings highlighted the provisions CWA has put in place to protect workers in AI-vulnerable industries, including journalism. “A highlight for many was also hearing from CWA President Claude Cummings for the first time,” wrote CWA-Canada President Carmel Smyth. “He charmed the crowd, got a few laughs, and left us feeling proud to belong to such a progressive international union.”

The group took time to honor former CWA-Canada President, Martin O’Hanlon, for 30 years of union leadership and service, presenting him with their highest honor, the CWA-Canada Award of Excellence. Delegates also got to share lessons learned in bargaining across the country, debate the pros and cons of 3- and 5-year contracts, and discuss responses to a possible change in government that could see a divisive, anti-worker figure taking the helm as Prime Minister.

CWA-Canada Annual Meeting 
Delegates from across Canada attended the annual National Representative Council meeting for CWA-Canada, where they heard from President Cummings and made plans for the coming year.


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