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(Quebec City Convention) There are three candidates in the race to succeed Judy Darcy as National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees at the unions bi-annual national convention in Quebec City. Darcy is stepping down after 12 colourful years as leader of Canadas largest union, and a new national president will be chosen on Wednesday, October 29 at 9 a.m.

The three candidates are:

·Henry Bosch, Past President of CUPE 1097 in Niagara, Ontario

·Paul Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba

·John Weatherup, President of CUPE 4400 in Toronto

CUPE represents 535,000 public sector workers across Canada, and over 2,000 of them are attending this weeks convention. Delegates will also elect a national secretary-treasurer, but the incumbent, Claude Généreux, is running unopposed.

Other highlights of the convention:

Wednesday, 11 a.m. Henri Massé, Quebec Federation of Labour president
2 p.m. Ken Georgetti, Canadian Labour Congress president

Thursday, 2 p.m. Jack Layton, federal NDP leader
8 p.m. Tribute evening for Judy Darcy

The convention runs until Friday, October 31 at the Quebec City Convention Centre.


For more information:
Kaj Hasselriis, CUPE Communications, 613-798-6925
Visit cupe.ca for information and full convention coverage