What is the process for submitting resolutions?

  • Resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments must be submitted by AUGUST 4th, 2015 at the latest.
  • Each resolution must be signed by the president and the secretary.
  • Resolutions submitted by either fax or email will be accepted as long as the deadline date is respected and each resolution bears the required signatures.
  • Please submit resolutions only once. It is not necessary to mail in your submissions if they have already been faxed or emailed with the required signatures.
  • Address the envelope to:

CUPE Convention Resolutions
1375 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa ON K1G 0Z7

What should resolutions contain and how should they look?

Resolutions should:

  • Be sent on the official letterhead of your organization.
  • Be typed whenever possible.
  • Have the official seal or stamp of your organization, if you have one.
  • Explain why your organization is submitting the resolution.
  • Explain what your organization wants done.
  • Be no longer than 200 words.
  • Cover new issues or change current policies.

Template for clear language format convention resolutions
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Why is CUPE inviting resolutions in clear language format?

  • The National Executive Board is encouraging organizations to submit resolutions in clear language format. The CUPE National Literacy Committee also recommends clear language resolutions.
  • Traditional resolution format uses words like Whereas and Therefore be it resolved. Such words are unfamiliar and confusing to some members, especially new delegates.
  • Using simple words like will and because helps delegates understand the resolution.
  • We want to take all steps possible to encourage participation in convention.

What are some other ways to make resolutions clear?

  • Cover only one main issue per resolution.
  • Use sentences that are clear, direct and short.
  • Use words that your readers will easily understand – avoid jargon and acronyms.
  • Be specific in what you want to see happen: what you want to change, how you want it to be done, who you want to do it, when you want it to happen.

Email: convention@cupe.ca
Website: cupe.ca/convention