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Paul Moist is the National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, first elected in 2003. Leading Canada’s largest union with over 615,000 members, Moist has intensified CUPE’s commitment to building strong communities with quality public services.

He has used his leadership to speak out on all issues affecting Canadian workers; most recently focussing on pension reform and the defence of free collective bargaining rights.

He is a regular national commentator on the economy, globalization and trade. He first became a CUPE member in 1975 and was a national staff representative for ten years.

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It's Only Fair

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 11:25 AM

In many ways the Canadian Union of Public Employees is a much different union than it was 50 years ago, as evident from the photos from our founding convention. The delegates who gathered in Winnipeg to form CUPE were mostly middle aged, mostly male, and overwhelmingly white.

Five decades later,...

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The True Meaning of Labour Day

(123) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 8:41 AM

Labour Day is a time to celebrate the role of workers in the economy and address the real economic issues of our time.

Labour Day is about more than a well-deserved day off. It is a time to celebrate the important contributions working people make to our economy. It...

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Time for Premiers to Stand Up to Federal Bullies on Health Care

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 1:20 PM

In order to ensure that all Canadians receive the same high-quality, publicly delivered health care in every community across the country, provincial and territorial governments need stable and adequate funding from the federal government

When Canada's premiers meet for the annual Council of the Federation this week, the future...

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There's No Free Lunch, and There's No Free Retirement

(12) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) President Dan Kelly recently wrote a blog post about the debate on the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan, in which he argues that "there's no free lunch in this world, and indeed, there's no free retirement." Indeed, Kelly says, "someone...

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Public Sector Workers Are Part of the 99%

(9) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 12:42 PM

At CUPE we agree with the Fraser Institute's suggestion that we should to have a conversation about wages and inequality. However the real inequality problem lies not between middle class public and private-sector workers, but between regular Canadians and the rich CEOs the Fraser Institute works with.

Further, the...

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Workers of Canada Unite -- Against a Budget for the One Percent

(22) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 8:14 AM

For the past two decades, Canadian governments and Bay Street financiers have been conducting an ideological experiment on our economy. Their hypothesis: The only option to manage government finances is to cut public spending and drastically reduce tax revenues.

For a select few, this experiment has been an overwhelming success....

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Why is Harper Letting the EU Profit From Canadian Water?

(13) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 11:28 AM

European trade negotiators are in Ottawa this week to continue talks with their Canadian counterparts toward a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). According to most accounts, the negotiations are winding down with differences in only a few areas. In Davos last week, at the World Economic Forum,...

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Attacks on Unions Hurting All Canadians

(35) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 10:07 AM

It takes a baffling level of arrogance to claim to be acting in the best interests of Canadian workers while relentlessly dismissing, belittling, and attacking unionized workers across Canada.

Arrogance, however, is a trait far from rare among Harper Conservatives, who are spending an inordinate amount of time and...

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