Cindy Friesen is married to her husband Ken, is a mother of four with six grandchildren and is the primary caretaker for her mother and father-in-law. She understands that government decisions can either make life easier or life harder for families like hers, and she believes in putting the well-being of everyday people first.
Cindy has a long history of involvement with the labour movement, where she has worked to make workplaces fairer and safer for everyone. Cindy is currently the vice-president of COPE Local 342, a position she has held since January 2006. In this job, she oversees work on collective bargaining, grievances, arbitration, and anti-harassment work. She and the Local also work hard to educate their member on their rights, to make sure big businesses aren’t making life even harder for regular working families.
Cindy has also served as the vice-president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) small affiliates from 2009-2018, where she represented the voices of 10 smaller unions, and as the Vice-President of the MFL for COPE Local 342 as of last year.
Cindy works hard to give back to her community. One of the ways she has done this since 2004 is by volunteering as the Labour Christmas tree coordinator. In this role, she works with 14 lower-income schools to provide much-needed jackets, gloves and hats to 100 children each year.