A word from the Director
Executive Director Simon Berlin
Sisters; Brothers :
It is with tremendous pride and a certain amount of humility that I
pen my first “Word from the Director”.
Friday, November 2nd, 2013 is a historic date both for SEPB-Québec
and the QFL. For the first time in its history the QFL had a
contested election at a convention for President and Secretary
Our Executive Director and my friend Serge Cadieux ran for the
position of QFL Secretary General. In a three-way fight Serge
garnered 64% of the votes thus winning the election as Secretary
General. As for Daniel Boyer, he was elected by acclamation.
Serge’s victory is even that much more historically important since
SEPB-Québec, with its 15,000 members, is the 9th largest affiliate
of the QFL which counts some 600,000 members amongst its 37
affiliates. That one of ours is elected to one of the two highest
ranking officer positions is a major achievement in which we all
can take great pride.
Serge and I were hired by SEPB only weeks apart some 30 years ago.
Over those years, we fought many battles together, we saw
SEPB-Québec grow, gain maturity and take its place among the labour
movement. From the creation of SEPB-Québec in 2003 up to the
formation of our own Canadian union when we separated from the
International in 2004, Serge has always been a great SEPB leader.
I would like to take this opportunity on my behalf and that of all
of our members and local unions to both congratulate Serge on his
election as Secretary General of the QFL and thank all of the
people of our organization – activists, Executive Board members,
union reps and support staff – as well as all of our union friends
who worked so hard and contributed to that historic day.
I also would like to thank Serge for the 30 years he gave to our
organization, for the dedication and determination he always showed
defending our rights and promoting not only our union but the
entire labour movement.
Serge leaves the SEPB but his work continues as new challenges
await him at the head of the QFL. Daniel Boyer, the new QFL
President and Serge Cadieux, the new Secretary General of the QFL
(the Boyer-Cadieux Team) were elected by the some 1,500 delegates
at the Convention with this three-fold electoral platform: “Ethics
and Integrity”, “Proud to be a Union Member” and “Politic Action
for the Benefit of All”. I am certain that they will deliver.
Congratulations to Daniel Boyer
and Serge Cadieux!
We turn a new page of our history. At the outset, I intend to
implement a collegial leadership. I will be assisted in my duties
by my friend Pierre Gingras, first Assistant Executive Director,
and it will be our goal to achieve the broadest consensus possible
with the Executive Committee and the SEPB-Québec staff.
Together we will work for the best interests of SEPB-Québec.
Together, everything is possible.
SEPB-Québec Executive Director
BULLETIN TO THE MEMBERS ABOUT SEPB-QUÉBEC’s POSITION
WITH REGARDS TO QUEBEC GENERAL ELECTIONS OF MARCH 26, 200