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Exclusive: New CLC President Hassan Yussuff is ready to go

In front of a room of thousands of people, Hassan Yussuff is as loud and forceful as any trade unionist.

But in person, the new president of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is a soft-spoken leader who doles out hugs as he says goodbye to friends and colleagues. During his first speech to CLC staff after the convention, they gathered around on the stage in the hall to hear him.

"It was good," said Yussuff, just moments after his speech as he walked off the stage.

He almost didn't make a speech at all. On Thursday, Yussuff defeated incumbent President Ken Georgetti by just 40 votes, an indication of how tough an election it was. Almost 5,000 people came to vote, and the room was divided by pennants -- orange for Georgetti, blue for Yussuff.


Hassan Yussuff is new CLC President

Today, Hassan Yussuff has made history as the first person to defeat a sitting president of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Yussuff is also the first person of colour to hold the office of leader of the CLC. 

Yussuff defeated outgoing President Ken Georgetti by just 40 votes. Georgetti had been president for 15 years. Yussuff joined the CLC in 2002 as the Secretary-Treasurer. 

Shortly after the results were made public, Georgetti passed a motion to have the vote counted as a unanimous one in favour of Yussuff, greeting the president-elect and raising their hands in solidarity at the podium.


CLC president responded to allegations

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In a letter dated April 30, Canadian Labour Congress incumbent Ken Georgetti responded to allegations from Marie Clarke Walker, who is running for the position of national Executive Vice-President. In a letter to Walker, cc-ed to Members of the Canadian Council, Georgetti replied to allegations of abuse and sexism. The letter is printed below.


Dear Sister:


Pre-election, CLC President Ken Georgetti looks to the future: 'We've still got work to do'

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Ken Georgetti has been President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) for 15 years. After that tenure, no one would begrudge him his retirement. So why is he running for another three year term at the CLC convention next week?

Because he still has work to do. "We've got a job to finish," Georgetti said over the phone Monday morning. He wants to keep pressing forward with the CLC's Fairness Works campaign and get the congress ready for the federal and provincial elections that are on the horizon.


CLC Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuff joins race for Presidency

Hassan Yussuff. (Photo:

A third candidate has entered the race for the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Presidency.

Hassan Yussuff, the current Secretary-Treasurer of the CLC, quietly kicked off his campaign Sunday night with a letter sent out to the CLC declaring his intention to run.

Though he has yet to announce his platform, Yussuff has already received the endorsement of the President of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, John Cartwright. He's also caught the eye of several important labour leaders and thinkers.


Veteran union negotiator makes bid for CLC presidency


For the first time in almost ten years, there's a race for the leadership of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

Veteran Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) negotiator Hassan Husseini revealed to today that he will challenge Ken Georgetti for the president's position at the CLC convention this May.

"Change is desperately needed at the top level of the CLC," Husseini said. "There is an absolute necessity for new blood, for new leadership and new vision for the labour movement. I can certainly provide that."


Corporate Tax Freedom Day: CEOs dancing in their suites

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Corporate executives in Canada will be dancing in their suites to celebrate Corporate Tax Freedom Day on January 30. A research study by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) -- called What did Corporate Tax cuts Deliver? -- shows that by that date corporations will have paid their taxes to all levels of government for the entire year.


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