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Sunday, November 1


This is what democracy looks like

Welcome to CUPE’s 27th biennial national convention – the highest decision-making authority of our union. Together, over the coming week, we’ll debate and decide on the priorities for CUPE’s next two years. Our agenda covers resolutions from across the country, reports on the vital work being done by our union, and important policy discussions on the issues facing CUPE members and the public services we deliver in our communities. 

Thanks to you and the more than 2,000 other delegates from across the country who will be shaping CUPE’s work on behalf of our 634,000 members. 

Convention - there's an app for that

This year, we’re launching an app that brings schedules, maps, and other convention information right to your phone, tablet, or computer. Download it at eventmobi.com/cupe2015. Imagine never losing your agenda again!

There are many ways CUPE members across the country can follow convention online, and add their voices. We’ll be live streaming from the convention floor, posting photos and videos, and sharing all the action through regular updates on Twitter, Facebook and cupe.ca that you can share with your members.

Web: cupe.ca/convention
Facebook: facebook.com/cupescfp
Twitter English: @cupenat #cupe2015
Twitter French: @scfpnat #scfp2015

Strategic Directions: Building workers’ power

This convention’s policy paper outlines how CUPE will continue to build our collective power for positive change. Strategic Directions makes connections between the climate crisis and the attacks working people face in Canada and around the world. It lays out our union’s strategy to build an even stronger progressive movement that can fight for working people and the planet. The paper integrates a vision for the next two years and our existing strategic plan into a living blueprint for deepening connections with our members and in our communities. Kicking off debate on Strategic Directions, delegates will hear from the leader of our sister union in the United States. Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, will speak to us about the importance of workers’ power in building a better world. 

Speaking out for a better world

Get ready for an inspiring group of speakers. Along with Saunders, they include NDP leader Tom Mulcair; the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada; Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress; Rosa Pavanelli, general secretary of Public Services International; and activist and award-winning journalist Naomi Klein.

Canada is ready for the The Leap

Working with Naomi Klein’s LeapManifesto.org, CUPE has organized a “Canada is ready for The Leap” rally during our mid-day break on Thursday. We will join allies from environmental, Indigenous, labour and social justice communities as part of our national day of action on climate change.

It takes a village to change the world

At the CUPE Village you can connect with delegates, charge your phone, and learn about the work of CUPE and our allies. This year’s Village theme, “Building power,” is reflected in noon-hour talks about fighting privatization; the struggle against anti-union legislation in the United Kingdom; and green jobs. 

Powerful activism is also on display in the Village with the Equality History Project, a digital timeline of CUPE equality breakthroughs. Learn about ground-breaking wins, and the trails we still need to blaze in Canada and around the world. Remember and honour equality activists who came before us. And commit to making history yourself by putting yourself in the picture as an equality activist, at a special photo booth. 

TONIGHT

4 p.m. - Pension forum, Room 109-110
8 p.m. - Delegates' reception, Fairmont Vancouver, BC Ballroom
MONDAY

8:30 a.m. - New delegates briefing
12:30 p.m. - UNISON Presidnt Wendy Nichols: Defending workers' rights in the United Kingdom. Speaker's Corner, CUPE Village
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