Union convention demands action on forestry, national energy policy

    MONTREAL, Oct. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - One of Canada's largest private sector
unions is demanding to know why the federal government is eager to bailout
bankers and investors, while turning a blind eye as the forest industry bleeds
tens of thousands of jobs. The issue will be top of mind as delegates to the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union national convention meet at the
Palais des congrès next week, from Oct. 26 to 30.
    Global capitalism's contribution to the financial crisis will be the
subject of an address by renowned economist and political scientist Riccardo
Petrella when he speaks to the convention, Monday, Oct. 27, at 9:30 a.m.
    CEP is Canada's largest union in several key sectors of the economy:
forests, oil and gas exploration, telecommunications and the media. Faced with
unprecedented challenges, more than 1,500 delegates from across Canada,
representing some 150,000 members, will come together next week to decide the
union's course of action over the coming months and years.
    Among the resolutions coming before delegates is the demand that
governments step up efforts to find solutions to the forestry crisis; calls
for hard targets on greenhouse gas emissions and the re-establishment of
public ownership in the oil and gas sector; and limits to foreign ownership of
our telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.
    CEP President Dave Coles will outline the union's priorities for the
future in a keynote speech on Sunday at 10:15 a.m.
    Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti, author Laura Penny and
Toronto and York Region Labour Council President John Cartwright will also
address the delegates, on Tuesday at 9 a.m., Tuesday at 2 p.m., and Thursday
at 9 a.m., respectively.

For further information:

For further information: or a copy of the convention agenda, contact:
Michelle Walsh, CEP Communications Director, (613) 230-5800, ext. 222, mobile:
(613) 858-9144, mwalsh@cep.ca.

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