Ottawa - Greg Phillips, President of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), was sworn in today during the CLC Canadian Council semi-annual meeting as part of the process to confirm CAPE’s affiliation.
Through this process CAPE officially becomes the CLC’s 55th member, joining a large community of national and international unions representing over three million workers.
Also, by taking his oath of office, Mr. Phillips is appointed CLC Vice President, a position that will create opportunities for CAPE to participate in and contribute to nation-wide discussions on common issues affecting workers in Canada and beyond.
“Joining the CLC will be of great benefit to our members, and I do hope that our contribution will also bring value to the broad CLC community and help strengthen the Canadian labour movement as a whole,” said Greg Phillips during the swearing-in ceremony.
“We are very excited to have CAPE join the CLC as a new affiliate in a year that has brought the labour movement together to push for a worker-centred recovery. CAPE members will make the voice of labour stronger,” said Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “This pandemic has demonstrated the need for collective action repeatedly and Canada’s unions have risen to the occasion by working to ensure federal government support for workers and their families and help protect those who have lost their jobs due to COVID.”
CAPE’s membership confirmation comes after a request to join was submitted to and accepted by the CLC Executive Committee on December 11, 2020.
Joining the CLC expressed the will of CAPE’s members who voted in favour earlier in December 2020 after information sessions were held throughout 2020. A member resolution passed in December 2019 kicked off the process.
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With over 18,500 members, the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) is the third largest federal public service union in Canada, dedicated to advocating on behalf of federal employees in the Economics and Social Science Services (EC) and Translation (TR) groups, as well as employees of the Library of Parliament, the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer and civilian members of the RCMP (ESS and TRL).
About the Canadian Labour Congress
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is the largest labour organization in Canada, bringing together dozens of national and international unions, provincial and territorial federations of labour and community-based labour councils to represent more than three million workers across the country.