Thursday, 15 May 2014
An important shift has taken place in the Canadian labour movement. For the first time in history, a sitting president of the Canadian Labour Congress, which represents 3.3-million workers, has lost an election. A long-shot challenge from a militant, but well-connected, staffer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada shook the CLC leadership enough to expose their divisions. When the dust settled, the largest convention in the history of the CLC, with nearly 5,000 delegates, elected brother Hassan Yussuff as president of the CLC by a margin of just 40 votes.