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Do you want to make a contribution to the work of the national union on the many important issues and activities that shape our direction? Do you have members in your local that would like this opportunity? It is that time once again to establish CUPE’s national committees and working groups. The term of appointment is for the years 2014-2015.

Our process for making appointments to each of our 17 national committees is through an application process and is designed to ensure that it is accessible to all members.

Our policy for committee appointments was adopted by national convention through the 2005-2007 Strategic Directions policy document which called for the union to introduce a procedure for appointments. The policy states that CUPE will:

Introduce a procedure for appointments to CUPE’s national committees and working groups to allow any member to apply for nomination. The National President would make appointments from this pool of nominations in consultation with CUPE’s divisions. Candidates would be chosen to ensure that CUPE’s committees and working groups are made up of knowledgeable members and are (a) regionally representative, (b) made up of at least 50 per cent women, (c) representative of CUPE’s sectors, (d) representative of CUPE’s youth, members of colour, Aboriginal members, members with disabilities, and CUPE’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Such a process would allow greater opportunities for women active on the local level to get active on a national level”.

We are seeking appointments to the following national committees and working groups:


Linked above are brief descriptions of the mandate of each national committee and working group, as well as their full terms of reference.

We encourage all activists and members to complete the application online or use the printable format and return it to CUPE National office no later than January 7, 2014.