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You are looking at the first major renovation to CUPEs web site since it was launched three years ago.

The site features a new, more compact look, easier navigation and a number of new features.

“The scope and sophistication of the web has grown in leaps and bounds over the last four years,” said National President Judy Darcy. “CUPEs web site needs to keep pace with these changes.”

New features:

  • Listservs: allow CUPE members to communicate with each other by e-mail
  • Wage-loss calculator: find out what the gender gap costs you
  • Related links for each story
  • Dynamic pages allow viewers to see information by sector, by province, by issue or by date.
  • Add-your-own links
  • An events calendar that allows CUPE members to add their own events.

Behind the scenes, the site is almost completely database-driven. This will make the site easier to maintain and easier to expand, so that staff time can go into developing content rather than administration or reproducing text for the web.

Much more work to do:

The site is still far away from the goals we announced in Septembers Organize magazine. Here is a list of features we will add soon:

  • Message boards
  • Chat rooms
  • An expanded, more flexible Fax-your-MP service
  • On-line order forms for CUPE resources, like stationery, campaign kits etc, fact sheets
  • Online Economic indicators for workers: wage settlements, cost of living, unemployment statistics
  • Daily news updates

Further down the road we plan to add:

  • Free web-based e-mail for CUPE members
  • Free web site space for CUPE locals
  • Video and audio clips of CUPE actions and events
  • Union Development correspondence courses.

CUPE welcomes your feedback, suggestions, and especially now – your bug reports.

Chris Lawson