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The People / United / Will Sometimes Be Defeated

CUPE Ontario’s university workers are now officially like the awkward kid no one wants to play with at recess. As we reported earlier, that branch of the union passed a motion a few days ago calling for an academic boycott “aimed at Ontario universities and any institutional connections pertaining to research that help the military of the state of Israel.” Today, in letters to both the National Post and the Globe and Mail, and in a statement on the union’s homepage, CUPE’s president Paul Moist did his best to distance the national organization from that move, saying that “The views expressed in the resolution are those of a small number of CUPE Ontario members. The resolution does not represent CUPE National policy.” This is the second time in two months Moist has had to publicly chastise CUPE Ontario, currently operating under the contentious leadership of Sid Ryan: an earlier version of the boycott came in for even harsher criticism, with Moist saying that it would have violated CUPE’s own anti-discrimination standards. No word on whether Ryan has also been uninvited to Moist’s birthday party.

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