Toronto – February 19, 2020 – The campaign to build the future of the labour movement is gaining more momentum as CUPE activist Lily Chang has joined Team Unite. Together with UFCW Local 832 Secretary-Treasurer Bea Bruske, who is running for president of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) Secretary-Treasurer Siobhan Vipond, who is seeking labour’s support for executive vice-president of the CLC, Lily Chang is running for Secretary-Treasurer of the CLC as a member of Team Unite.
“This is fantastic news, and we are honoured to have Lily on the team,” says Bea Bruske. “Lily is an amazing sister and activist with a proud history of representing workers and more than a decade of experience as treasurer of CUPE's largest local union, CUPE Local 79.”
After graduating from the University of Toronto, Lily became a municipal social services caseworker where she saw firsthand the impacts of inequality on the families she supported. Chang also became a steward for her local union, and later was elected and served as Treasurer from 2005 to 2017.
Lily Chang continues to serve the membership as a Unit Officer and member of the CUPE 79 Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council.
“I am thrilled to be part of a strong team with Bea Bruske and Siobhan Vipond, and I look forward to working with these two tremendous activists to help build a stronger future for all workers and families,” says Sister Chang.
Activists will vote for the next president, secretary-treasurer, and executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress this upcoming May at the 2020 CLC Conventionin Vancouver.
To learn more about Bea, Siobhan, and Lily and their campaign to unite Canada’s labour movement, visit the Team Unite website.