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A delegation of CUPE leaders, members and staff are in Saskatoon for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) annual conference.

Every year, CUPE takes part in the FCM’s annual conference, renewing connections and building new alliances with municipal leaders on issues of shared concerns. CUPE’s participation at the FCM ensures workers’ expertise and ideas help set the municipal agenda on infrastructure, privatization, trade and other important topics – such as the impact of proposed changes to Employment Insurance on municipalities.

This year, CUPE is working to deliver our message at several events, as well as through informal dialogue with mayors, councillors and staff throughout the conference.

CUPE is hosting a forum on P3’s during the conference, as well as a popular meet-and-greet for delegates, and has a presence in the conference trade show.

CUPE organized the P3 forum to help municipal officials challenge the growing push for P3s from the Harper government’s privatization agency, PPP Canada.

As the FCM’s latest report confirms, municipalities need a solid financial footing that includes long-term infrastructure funding, so that they can deliver on their growing responsibilities.

Conference delegates will be treated to a sneak peek at CUPE’s Communities Day advertising campaign. Billboards are up in Saskatoon highlighting the central role of our members’ work in the communities they live in. The campaign slogan is “Your neighbours at work building strong communities”. Watch for more details of the campaign when it launches across the country on June 11.