Las Vegas, Nevada – April 24, 2018 – On Tuesday, the second day of the UFCW 8th Regular Convention, more than 2,500 delegates convening in Las Vegas proudly endorsed the tremendous leadership of the UFCW “Members Team” slate and its service to the membership by unanimously re-electing International President Marc Perrone and the four other members of the International Executive Committee for another term.
Under the leadership of President Perrone, the Executive Committee members — UFCW’s highest elected officers — include UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Esther López, UFCW Canada National President Paul Meinema, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum, and UFCW Director of Organizing Shaun Barclay.
“My brothers, sisters, and friends. I believe! When I see inequality, I believe we can change it,” said Brother Perrone to the rousing assembly. “When I see hate and indifference, I believe we can end it. When I see cruelty and exploitation, I believe we can stop it. And when I see poverty, hopelessness, and despair, I truly believe – now more than ever – that this union family can prevent it!”
Later on Tuesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was welcomed to address the convention and share his vision for building a just and prosperous future for working families. Chris Hadfield – Canada’s first astronaut to walk in space – also spoke about the power of families to surmount challenges and achieve greatness.
In his address to the convention on Tuesday, Paula Meinema, UFCW Canada National President and Executive Vice President of the UFCW International Union, thanked delegates for their support and their united power to achieve positive change. “This is the family we are – united in our mission to build a better future for our members, families, neighbours, and countries! Together, we are the union. Together, we can make it happen. Together, we will stand in solidarity. Together, we are the union!”
The UFCW 8th Regular Convention concludes on April 26. Follow ufcw.ca for daily convention updates.