May 12, 2008
Quebec Council celebrates new Quebec Director and Silver Anniversary
At his last Quebec Council during his 14 year tenure as Quebec Director, Luc Desnoyers shared with the more than 250 delegates gathered in Mont Tremblant
what he believes is the reason for the union’s success in Quebec and the rest of Canada. “The CAW embodies the members’ vision of what a union should
be,” he said.  Not only is this vision exemplified in the union’s militant past, such as the formation of the Canadian union, but continues to be shown in many of
the ongoing fights, said Desnoyers.

The April 25-27 meeting also marked the 25th anniversary of the Quebec Council.  During his address, Desnoyers reflected on the role of the Quebec Council
and the many important fights that have taken place which have helped shaped the CAW in Quebec.

Desnoyers recalled the strike at Kenworth in 1995 for a better pension plan and the closure and re-opening of the plant, the fight to keep General Motors in St-
Therese open and the mobilization of support for the Norsk Hydro magnesium plant in Bécancourt.  He also spoke about succeeding in forcing employers to
recognize French as a workplace language, where in many locations all information had been put out in English only.

Desnoyers stressed that a critical mass is needed to have the influence to advance causes important to members.  He told delegates to make organizing a top
priority, encouraging local unions to take part in the 50/50 cost sharing program for community-based organizers.

Jean-Pierre Fortin, current Montreal area director and former Pratt & Whitney worker, was unanimously acclaimed as the new Quebec Director, to take over
from Desnoyers when he retires at the end of June.  Fortin is the second Quebec director that comes from within the CAW, following Desnoyers.

Source:  CAW NewsNow
 
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