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Thousands of working people will gather in Toronto the week of October 15th to 19th to discuss, debate and vote on policies that will be put into action by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) over the next 2 years.

There has been an ideological shift in Canada, where services for the public good are being sold off through public private partnerships or straight out privatization,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist. “We have been hearing reports from all our sectors, whether it be municipal services or healthcare, libraries or energy, social services or primary, secondary or post secondary education. In almost all instances, there has been a manufactured crisis created through chronic under funding and neglect. The public has a right to those services – it is part of the public trust and, as service providers, we insist on being able to deliver quality services in all communities across Canada,” added Moist.

Details of the Convention are:

WHO: The Canadian Union of Public Employees, is Canada’s largest union with 560,000 members. Over 2,000 delegates are expected to attend the meeting.

WHAT: National Convention, CUPE’s biennial, democratic forum where major policy is decided and executive officers are elected.

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

WHEN: October 15th through the 19th

Paul Moist is CUPE national president and Claude Généreux is national secretary-treasurer.

View the Convention program


Catherine Louli – CUPE Communications, 613-237-1590 (office) or 613-851-0547 (cell.)
Sébastien Goulet – CUPE Communications, 613-808-0675 (cell.)
Wendy Forbes – (beginning October 11), CUPE Communications, 416-892-8716 (cell.)