Upon my return from summer vacation, I attended a meeting with the Airline Division in Toronto on August 26 to discuss the airline industry crisis.
I took part in the New Democratic Party national convention which was held from August 27 to 29, in Ottawa.
On September 2, I held a conference call regarding the ONEX bid with executive members of CUPEs Air Canada and Canadian components.
On Friday morning, September 3, I joined members of Local 910 for a rally on their picket lines outside Carleton University.
I joined members of Local 416 to march with them during the Toronto Labour Day Parade held September 6.
On September 8, the National Officers met to discuss the status of the National Defence Fund.
On September 10, we held a conference call with the National Executive Committee to discuss the status of the National Defence Fund.
On September 15, I was invited to speak at the Ontario Nursing Homes Bargaining Councils founding convention in St. Catharines.
On September 16, the National Executive Committee held a second conference call to discuss the status of the National Defence Fund.
On September 17, I addressed delegates and took part in the National Water Summit that CUPE along with the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Environmental Law Association hosted here in Ottawa.
The National Executive Committee and Board met on September 22 and 23, in Ottawa.
The CUPE Ottawa Council invited me to speak about the upcoming national convention at their September 23 membership meeting.
Geraldine and I attended a meeting with CUPE-BC and HEU on September 24.
I attended the Regional Directors meeting in Ottawa on September 27.
That evening, I participated in a rally and march for Local 1580 fighting privatized laboratory services at the Ottawa Hospital, Civic campus.
On Tuesday, September 28, I addressed stewards at Local 1000s annual Stewards meeting in Toronto, and met with Local President John Murphy.
In the afternoon, Geraldine and I met with the Executive of Local 4400, Toronto School Board.
On September 29, along with the CUPE Airline Division President and Executive members representing Air Canada, Canadian Airlines, Canadian Regional Airlines, Air Ontario and Air Nova, I met with Minister David Collenette to present our position on airline restructuring and the future of the airline industry in Canada.
In the afternoon, we reported on the meeting to the opposition parties ad hoc House of Commons Committee on Transport.
On October 2, I had the pleasure of addressing delegates attending a Canadian Media Guild conference in Toronto.
On October 12, I travelled to Montreal to attend the many preparatory meetings which take place prior to National Convention. I met with the Resolutions and the Constitution convention committees on October 13 and the National Executive Committee and Board met on October 14.
On Sunday, October 16, a meeting was held with all staff followed by various sectoral meetings.
The National Convention was held from October 18 to October 22, and a rip-roaring one it was!
During the week of October 25, I took a weeks vacation with my husband.
On November 1 and 2, I attended CLC Executive Committee and Council meetings.
On November 4, I flew to Toronto to participate in a rally/press conference to kick off a caravan travelling to the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle.
On November 8, the National Executive Board held a conference call to discuss the NUPGE(AUPE) raid of CUPE health care locals in Alberta.
Between November 8 and November 22, I took part in numerous meetings with members and activists in Local 1580 and Local 4000 as part of our representation vote campaigns at the Ottawa Hospital, as well as spending a day visiting almost every department to meet members.
On November 12, I was invited to speak to the Ontario Social Services Conference in Toronto.
The Maritimes Staff meeting was held in Moncton on November 17.
The National Executive Committee met in Ottawa on November 19.
CUPE organized a demo against the CCPPP in which I participated during the noon hour.
On November 25, I was asked to speak with Judy Rebick at the OFL convention on violence against women marking the tenth anniversary of the murder of 14 women at cole Polytechnique in Montreal.
On November 25, I turned 50. Thats right, the BIGFIVE-O! The entire OFL convention sang Happy Birthday!
On November 29, I travelled to Vancouver and met with HEU.
While in Vancouver, a CSU Labour/Management was held on November 30.
I attended a powerful anti-WTO rally in Vancouver.
On December 3, I joined other CUPE members and staff for a court hearing and then spoke at a press scrum following the Courts decision to exonerate a CUPE member of Local 2190 from the Toronto Catholic Childrens Aid Society on charges filed after a baby died in the care of the CCAS.