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200 Union activists from across Alberta are gathering in Calgary March 21 to 23 at the Coast Plaza Hotel for the annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Alberta Division.

Keynote speeches include:

  • Larry Booi, President of the Alberta Teacher’s Association March 21, 2:30 p.m.
  • Judy Darcy, CUPE National President, March 22, 10:30 a.m.

CUPE Alberta President Yvonne Fast will open the convention on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. The theme of this year’s convention is “CUPE in Alberta Communities” a call to action for CUPE members to re-double their efforts in defending public services and labour rights in light of increasing privatization and contracting-out in health care, education and municipal services.

Delegates will debate emergency resolutions to take action against Alberta’s Bill 12, implementation of the Mazankowski Report and the provincial budget. All events take place in Plaza Rooms 1-3 at the Coast Plaza Hotel, 1316-33rd St. NE Calgary, Alberta.


CUPE is Canada’s largest union with over half a million women and men who provide public services. In Alberta, CUPE’s 31,000 members work in health care, municipalities, schools, colleges, universities, libraries, emergency medical services, social services and casinos. Visit our CUPE websites for more information www.cupe.ca and cupealberta.ab.ca

For further information:
Pam Beattie, CUPE Communications
(780) 288-1230 (cellular)