Donald Lafleur was elected as Canadian Labour Congress Executive Vice-President in May 2014, and comes to his position with lifelong experience as a union activist, negotiator, organizer and environmentalist.
Donald began his career as a postal worker and then letter carrier, becoming a shop steward with the Letter Carriers Union of Canada (LCUC).
After the merger of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) with the LCUC, legendary CUPW President and CLC Vice-President, Jean Claude Parrot, appointed Donald as a technical advisor in CUPW’s national office.
Donald was soon elected to a series of union offices with increasing responsibilities, becoming a National Vice-President in 1994, a national negotiator and chief negotiator for rural and suburban mail carriers in the 2007, 2009 and 2012 rounds of bargaining.
Lafleur has held additional responsibilities at CUPW for grievances, education, pensions, and staffing but his proudest achievement came when over 6,000 rural and suburban mail carriers joined CUPW after two decades of struggle to unionize.
Donald’s background as an organic farmer made him a natural activist in the environmental movement. He sits on the executive committees of the Green Economy Network, Work in a Warming World, as well as Trade Unions for Energy Democracy.
Within CUPW, Donald lead the way on environmental issues, both internally but also by pressuring Canada Post and governments to reduce their environmental foot print.
Donald’s environmental advocacy was recognized when he was asked to participate in delegations to the UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa, the Brussels’ Work in a Warming World Academic’s Forum and Bolivia’s World People’s Conference on Climate Change.