CUPE passed an emergency resolution at our National Convention to use ‘all means necessary’ to fight Jason Kenney’s Bill 81. The bill makes it near impossible for unions to comment on public issues.
Alberta delegate Lee Ann Kalen called Bill 81 “Another tactic from Jason Kenney to silence unions.” Appealing to delegates from other provinces, Kalen said “Alberta needs your support – because other conservative governments are taking note.”
CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill called Bill 81 “Yet another law curtailing free speech. The UCP is trying to shut down debate.”
Gill continued: “The UCP are going to fail. They are going to fail because things are changing in Alberta in ways I never thought possible. The union movement is getting stronger every day.” “You can’t shut the union up. You can’t shut CUPE up.”
The motion was passed by 97% of delegates.