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OTTAWA, ON. – Members, leaders and staff from locals across Canada will gather next week in Winnipeg for the 22nd biennial convention of Canada’s largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Over 1,800 delegates, representing hundreds of CUPE local unions and councils, are expected in Winnipeg to debate, mobilize and invigorate the union’s campaign to build strong communities across the country.

Communities Day” falls in the middle of convention week on Oct. 5. Delegates will take time to rally in recognition of the role public services play in keeping our communities strong.

WHAT: CUPE National Convention
WHERE: Winnipeg Convention Centre
WHEN: Oct. 3-7, 2005

CUPE National President Paul Moist and National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux will be available for media interviews throughout the convention.


  • Gary Doer, Premier of Manitoba, speaking on Mon., Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Dr. Linda Rae Murray, speaking on Tues., Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Communities Day Rally and March, Wed., Oct. 5 at 12 noon (march from Convention Centre to Memorial Park)
  • Ken Georgetti, CLC president, speaking on Wed., Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Jack Layton, NDP Leader, speaking on Thurs., Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union, representing over 540,000 women and men. CUPE members work in health care, education, municipalities, electrical utilities, social services, airlines and more.

The full convention schedule is available at cupe.ca.


David Robbins
CUPE communications
(613) 878-1431 (cell)