CUPE National Convention
October 31 to November 4, 2011.
Registration fee for each delegate, alternate, or observer - $190
Resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments
Resolutions and proposed Constitutional Amendments must be sent NO LATER THAN AUGUST 2, 2011. All chartered organizations will be sent a copy of the Convention resolutions book 30 days prior to the Convention.
PLEASE REFER TO THE FULL PDF ADVANCE NOTICE FOR RESOLUTION FORMATS AND RECOMMENDED PROCEDURES.
The official call for the 25th CUPE National Convention (along with credential forms) will be mailed to you by AUGUST 2. This advance notice of the convention is being sent simply to allow your organization to plan accordingly.
Time and place
The Convention will be held OCTOBER 31 to NOVEMBER 4 (Monday to Friday) at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Registration will begin Sunday afternoon, October 30th.
A full five days and more!
Each chartered organization is urged to ensure that enough leave of absence is requested for each delegate so that they will be able to complete the business of the National Convention on the final day without having to leave early.
The Convention will take place over five full days. Also, as in previous years, several national sectoral meetings of delegates will take place on Sunday, October 30, the day prior to the start of Convention. These meetings will involve the following sectors: municipalities, school boards, health care, child care, post-secondary education, libraries, energy, water and wastewater, paramedics/emergency and social services. Participation in these meetings is optional and an additional $40 registration fee is required to attend.
Since the official call cannot be sent out prior to August, we would urge your organization to elect delegates as soon as possible. Because credentials must reach the national office by SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 and since most chartered organizations do not meet during the summer months, it is advisable to hold elections now and send credentials to the national office as soon as you receive them.
In order to assist your organization with advance planning, information on travel and accommodations is enclosed.
Please bear in mind, however, that registration for the national convention will not open until AFTER the official call and credential forms are distributed in August.
Article 6.5 of the CUPE Constitution provides that local union representation at the National Convention shall be based on the paid-up membership (including Rand Formula payees) on the average number of members for the twelve-month period July 2010 to June 2011.
Convention Youth Council and Child Care
Information about the Convention Youth Council, a week-long education program for youth aged 9 to 14, is available. More details and application forms for both the youth council and on-site child care will be provided with the official call mailed to you by August 2nd.
Persons with a disability
In accordance with CUPE policy, arrangements will be made to provide services to persons with a disability to allow them to participate fully once at the convention site. In order that we may accommodate the special needs of a person with a disability, please complete the form which will be enclosed with the official call.
CUPE’s policy adopted at the 2003 National Convention restricts campaign material for candidates standing for election to one pre-convention leaflet and one convention leaflet, poster and button.
Delegates standing for election may obtain CUPE’s policy by presenting themselves at CUPE’s on-site Convention Office.
Convention assistance fund
In 2007, delegates expanded the original National Convention Assistance Fund of 1991 to include assistance for national events.
One goal of the fund is to provide assistance to less affluent local unions to participate in national conventions. Guidelines and an application form are available. Locals wishing to apply for possible assistance must fulfill all of the eligibility requirements and submit their application to be received by the national office no later than JUNE 17.
Representation at this national convention shall be in accordance with Article 6.4 of the CUPE Constitution:
|Up to 100 members||1 delegate|
|101 to 200 members||2 delegates|
|201 to 500 members||3 delegates|
|501 to 1000 members||4 delegates|
|1001 to 1500 members||5 delegates|
|1501 to 2000 members||6 delegates|
|2001 to 2500 members||7 delegates|
|2501 to 3000 members||8 delegates|
|each additional 500 members or portion thereof||1 additional delegate|
|Provincial divisions||1 delegate|
|District councils||1 delegate|
|Service divisions||1 delegate|
|Provincial councils of unions||1 delegate|
|Councils of unions||1 delegate|
|Airline Division components||1 delegate per airline|
Each chartered organization entitled to representation at Convention shall also be entitled to one alternate delegate.