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KELOWNA This years annual conference of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) September 20-24 had a new item on its official agenda CUPE BCs reception. The event drew over 400 mayors and councillors, including two MLAs and representatives from the prime ministers office.

CUPE leaders and staff were on hand to discuss the Strong Communities campaign, promote City Watch, and raise concerns over privatization of public services. Our participation at this years UBCM was a huge success, said CUPEs government liaison officer, Kathy Corrigan. Our new City Watch booth drew hundreds of civic politicians to us and opened up opportunities for us to discuss a range of issues that affect public workers.

While CUPE BC representatives attended UBCM sessions, staff worked at the City Watch booth just outside the convention sessions, handing out literature and promotional items.

UBCM delegates met with president Barry ONeill throughout the week and at the successful reception hosted by CUPE BC.