April 27th - 29th, 2007
Some bring CUPE locals together to share information and plan community campaigns. Some promote the work of CUPE members in their communities and organize charitable events. Some highlight important issues such as global justice and privatization by organizing public events. Some provide educational opportunities for CUPE members by pulling together CUPE schools. This is the work of our CUPE District Councils. And as the list suggests, their work is as varied as the number of councils themselves.
With active councils in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia, CUPE District Councils are important organizations within CUPE. Many see CUPE Councils as providing one more tool in our kit to build solidarity and strengthen our voices. In fact, as a result of convention debate in 2003, CUPE Councils were recognized as playing an important role in achieving the goals of our strategic directions policy.
Yet, many CUPE Councils struggle with low affiliation and low dues rates, thus, facing very real financial barriers in achieving their goals. And, many CUPE members are unsure of the role District Councils can and should play.
CUPE is hosting the first ever National Meeting of District Councils in CUPE in order to bring council activists together to discuss these and other issues – to make CUPE stronger. The meeting will be held April 27th to 29th, complete with Day of Mourning Ceremonies, at the Delta Toronto West hotel.
In addition, CUPE will be providing financial assistance to CUPE Councils to ensure maximum participation for this important opportunity.
Hope to see you there!