TORONTO — The executive board of United Food and Commercial Workers Canada said it has elected Paul Meinema as union president, succeeding Wayne Hanley, who is resigning.

Meinema, one of Hanley’s executive assistants, will serve out the remainder of Hanley’s five-year term, which runs through 2018.


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Hanley has been appointed president of UFCW Local 206, Mississauga, Ontario. Published reports said Hanley resigned because he had tired of traveling. He had served as president since 2006, and remains a vice president of UFCW International.

Meinema has four decades of experience with the UFCW, dating back to the early 1980s when appointed shop steward at a meat processing plant in Red Deer, Alberta. Since then, Meinema has led numerous UFCW actions, organizing campaigns and collective bargaining efforts as a local union staff representative, international representative, local union president, and executive assistant to the president.

“Paul’s commitment to the UFCW is well proven and unparalleled,” Hanley said in a prepared statement. “The guiding principles and aspirations of our great union are at President Meinema’s core as a person and activist, and now as leader of the UFCW Canada National Council.”

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