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CUPE national president, Paul Moist, will not seek re-election

Union chief retiring to allow "a new generation of leaders" to emerge

October 5, 2015  by Canadian Staff

OTTAWA—Paul Moist, the national president of CUPE, has announced he will not seek re-election.

After 12 years at the head of Canada’s largest union, the longtime member plans to retire, allowing “a new generation of leaders” to emerge within CUPE.

“CUPE members serve Canadians around-the-clock, 365 days a year, delivering public services such as Medicare and Public Education that makes Canada a fairer more just society,” Moist said. “I have been honoured to work for those members throughout most of my adult life.”

Moist spent 40 years as a member of CUPE, including 32 years dedicated to full-time union work. He is the union’s first national president from Western Canada and has overseen the organization’s growth from approximately 500,000 to more than 600,000 today.


“CUPE is full of talented activists and I am confident that delegates at our upcoming National Convention will select a great leader to lead the union forward,” Moist said.

In retirement, CUPE said Moist plans to continue his activism with the NDP and social justice groups such as the Council of Canadians.

CUPE’s National Convention will be held in Vancouver from November 2 to 6.