Thousands of union members from across the country, including over 260 CUPE delegates, are in Vancouver, BC this week for the 2011 Canadian Labour Congress convention. Held every three years, the CLC convention is a time for labour leaders and activists to come together to discuss issues important to all Canadian workers, and help build a stronger labour movement.
“CLC conventions are a wonderful time for union members from across Canada to share our successes and find new opportunities to work together in growing the labour movement” says CUPE National President Paul Moist. “CUPE has a lot to offer our brothers and sisters from other unions, and we have a lot to gain from them.”
The theme of this year’s convention – Better jobs. Better lives. Unions make a difference – exemplifies the greater goals of all unions, including CUPE: to make the lives of all Canadians better through better wages, benefits, pensions, with safe workplaces and strong public services accessible to all.
Several of the resolutions being brought forward at this convention are of particular interest to CUPE members. Topics include fair taxes, retirement security, defense of public health care, child care, pay-equity, and protecting public services from international trade agreements. CUPE delegates will be active and vocal participants in these discussions, and will bring their expertise and insight to the deliberations on all resolutions.
A complete agenda, along with resolutions can be found on the CLC website, canadianlabour.ca.
Updates from the CUPE delegation will be posted throughout the week on cupe.ca, and you can get updates on twitter by following @CUPE_Media and #clcmay11.