CUPE was a big winner once again at the Canadian Association of Labour Medias 25th annual conference in May. CUPE 5167, Hamilton municipal workers, won for the members stroke of genius award for a flyer titled Who wants to be a millionaire? The satire offered handy instructions on privatizing local services at great cost to the public. Camosun College members of CUPE 2081 in BC won best photo for their newsletter The Pressure Point. CUPEs Hospital Employees Union in BC won three awards: their workplace anti-stress guide won for best brochure; a cartoon on workload topped its category; and HEUs Guardian took the prize for best newsletter.
CUPE National won four CALM awards. Schools in but fewer staff carry load from the September 2000 issue of Organize won the Ed Finn award for best feature. The veteran labour journalist judged and presented the print awards. Finn said the cross-country look at the problems plaguing Canadas schools was a fine piece of investigative journalism. In the graphic arts category, the Up with Womens Wages balloon was judged best moving billboard, and the clock-eyed faces from CUPEs national workload campaign won the award for best illustration. CUPE Nationals web site won best staff-produced site from among more than 60 entrants. Judge Art Kilgour, a veteran labour communicator, said the deep, but well-organized site is a superlative tool for the activists who visit, for rank-and-file members, and for the media.