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CUPE National Convention 2013

October 21 - October 25, 2013.

Registration fee for each delegate, alternate, or observer - $195

Resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments

Resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments must be received no later than July 23, 2013. A copy of the convention resolutions book will be posted on CUPE’s website 30 days prior to the convention. Please refer to the full PDF advance notice for resolution format and recommended procedures.

Advance notice

The official call for the 26thCUPE National Convention (along with credential forms) will be mailed to you by July 23rd. 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 21st to OCTOBER 25th (Monday to Friday) at the Québec City Convention Centre, Québec City, QC.

Registration will begin Sunday afternoon, October 20th.

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 days. Also, as in previous years, several national sectoral meetings will take place on Sunday, October 20th, 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.

Plan ahead

Since the official call cannot be sent out prior to July, we would urge your organization to elect delegates as soon as possible. Because credentials must reach the national office by SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 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 note that registration for the national convention will not open until AFTER the official call and credential forms are distributed in July.


Article 6.4 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 2012 to June 2013.

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 July 23rd.

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.

Election candidates

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 7th.

Delegate allotment

Representation at this national convention shall be in accordance with Article 6.4 of the CUPE Constitution:

Local Unions
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.