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Edmonton – 250 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees from across Alberta will be gathering in Edmonton this week for the 53rd annual convention, March 20 through March 22.

Highlights of this year’s convention include keynote address by Dr. David Swann, “Genocide in Iraq”, Thursday March 20 at 2:30 p.m., address by CUPE National President, Judy Darcy, Friday March 21 at 10:30 a.m. and the election of a new President for CUPE Alberta, Saturday March 22.

Key issues to be debated this year include the potential war in Iraq, Bill 27, the government legislation limiting collective agreement rights and the right to strike in health care, and the use of public private partnerships to build new infrastructure in Alberta. In addition, the CUPE Alberta Executive will be presenting a new policy for debate and approval on improving public service delivery in Alberta.

Recently, CUPE National President announced her intention to step down and will be addressing Alberta delegates for the last time. CUPE Alberta President Yvonne Fast has also announced her intention to step down. The election of a new president to lead CUPE Alberta will take place on Saturday March 22.

CUPE Alberta 53rd Annual Convention

Thursday March 20 – Saturday March 22
9:00 a.m.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Salon A/B
10111 Bellamy Hill

CUPE delegates will be joined by members of other health care unions and the Alberta Federation of Labour when they stage a demonstration at the Alberta Legislature in opposition to Bill 27 on Thursday March 20 at noon.

Thursday March 20
9:45 a.m.
  • Greetings, Mayor Bill Smith

10:00 a.m.
  • President’s Speech, Yvonne Fast

12:00 Noon
  • Demonstration, Alberta Legislature

2:30 p.m.
  • Dr. David Swann “Genocide in Iraq”

Friday March 21

10:00 a.m.
  • Judy Darcy, CUPE National President

2:00 p.m.
Saturday March 22

11:00 a.m
  • Elections

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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)