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2008 Convention

Available now: 2008 Convention proceedings.(465 pages)

Experienced leadership

clc officersKen Georgetti was re-elected President at the Convention in Toronto without opposition, winning a fourth three-year term as head of Canada’s largest labour organization.

Also re-elected, by acclamation, today were Secretary-Treasurer, Hassan Yussuff, and Executive Vice-Presidents Barbara Byers and Marie Clarke Walker.

“Over the next three years we will intensify our efforts to promote the unionization of women and men who don’t enjoy the union advantage; we will ramp up our political activism during and between elections at the municipal, provincial and federal levels to achieve progressive social change,” says Georgetti.

The Award goes to...

morgentaler and officersDelegates applauded loudly, with many moved to tears, as Dr. Henry Morgentaler was introduced as the 2008 recipient of the CLC Award for Outstanding Service to Humanity.

Morgentaler, 85 and frail, accepted the award from the Officers of the Canadian Labour Congress and thanked the unions for standing with him through his many years of struggle to secure for women the right to control their own health and their own bodies. Choice and freedom.

“We must remain vigilant in defence of a woman's right to choose,” said Morgentaler, “because there are still too many legislators and health care providers out there who are not pro-choice and too many women who continue to have their health put at risk because they are denied access to safe abortion services in a supportive environment – twenty years after Canada’s abortion laws were struck down.”

Solidarity With Canada’s First Nations

Phil Fontaine in between Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuff (left) and CLC President Ken Georgetti. Just like all the delegates on the floor they gave Chief Fontaine a standing ovation after his speech.

Fontaine’s speech thanked the labour movement for its ongoing solidarity and support in the ‘single greatest human rights issue in Canada today.’