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June 6, 2011

Meunier-McKay moves to build ties between CEIU and new NDP ‘shadow cabinet’ critics

National President Jeannette Meunier-McKay has written personally to New Democratic Party M.P.s who, in their new role as members of the Official Opposition, have been named by leader Jack Layton as ‘shadow cabinet’ critics for the departments and programs that most directly affect CEIU members.

(The letters were mailed well before CUPW began its series of rotating strikes.)

“Well before the recent federal election, we identified a need to campaign in favour of the public services delivered by CEIU members,” said Meunier-McKay, “and part of that involves developing and maintaining a close working relationship with Members of Parliament who support our vision of preserving quality public services and the workforce required to deliver them.”

In her letters to the dozen NDP shadow cabinet members, the National President wrote:

“I know we share a commitment to quality federal government services and to the well-being of the dedicated women and men who provide them. I am equally sure our offices will be quick to form a mutually-beneficial working relationship around the many important issues for which you have critiquing responsibility as a member of the NDP shadow cabinet.

“On a more personal note, I hope we might soon have the opportunity for an informal face-to-face meeting to become better acquainted and to reinforce our mutual policy concerns.”

“I am looking forward to working with these key Members of Parliament, many of whom are themselves trade unionists,” said Meunier-McKay. “As the Harper majority government moves to cut both program spending and the number of federal public service workers, strengthening our efforts to inform and influence elected politicians is critical to the well-being of CEIU members.”

Meunier-McKay also wrote a special letter of congratulations to Nycole Turmel, well-known as a former CEIU elected officer and past PSAC National President, who was appointed Official Opposition critic for public works and government services as well as Chair of the NDP parliamentary caucus. Turmel was elected as NDP member for the Hull-Aylmer riding where many of our National Capital Region members work and live.

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