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VICTORIA - With an anticipated 600 delegates and guests, the retirement of an outstanding trade unionist and a provincial election looming on the horizon, CUPE BCs 42nd annual convention in Victoria (April 13-16) promises to be a memorable one.

This years convention theme, Making a Difference, is a tribute not only to outgoing secretary-treasurer Colleen Jordan but to the efforts of all CUPE members who have worked hard to keep their communities strong in the face of brutal cuts and labour-bashing legislation by the BC Liberals. Its also a reminder for all CUPE members to use their clout at the ballot box.

  • WHEN:
    Wednesday April 13, 2005 to Saturday April 16, 2005

  • WHERE:
    Victoria Conference Centre

    • Wednesday
      7:30 p.m. - Barry ONeill, CUPE BC President />/>
    • Thursday
      10:00 a.m. - Claude Gnreux, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer
    • Friday
      11:00 a.m. - Paul Moist, CUPE National President
      1:30 p.m. - Carole James, Leader, BC NDP
    • Saturday
      11:00 a.m. - Jim Sinclair, President BC Fed of Labour
      1:45 p.m. - Sandra Ramos, Coordinator, Working Womens Movement

Delegates will elect new officers and debate several key resolutions, including a referendum on the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system to be included on ballots for the May 17 provincial election.

Visit www.cupe.bc.ca/convention for a more complete agenda and daily updates during the Convention.
ATTENTION REPORTERS: Please come to the Convention Media Room to register and get your media badge and kit.


Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, (778) 229-0258.