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VANCOUVER— With the theme “Building from Strength”, partly a reference to the union’s province-wide show of support for teachers last fall, the B.C. division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees kicks off its 43rd annual convention at the Hyatt Regency tomorrow night.

The convention begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with welcome greetings, followed by a dramatic video presentation that sums up CUPE BC’s accomplishments over the last year while lampooning B.C. premier Gordon Campbell. CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill will then deliver the opening night address. A president’s reception, followed immediately after adjournment at 9 p.m., will take place in the Hyatt’s Plaza Ballroom.

Guest speakers this year:


  • CUPE National secretary-treasurer Claude Généreux (Thursday, 11:15 a.m.)
  • BC New Democratic Party leader Carole James (Thursday, 1:30 p.m.)
  • CUPE National president Paul Moist (Friday, 1:30 p.m.)
  • Federal New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton (Friday, 4:15 p.m.)
  • BC Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair (Saturday, 11 a.m.)
  • Union of University Workers of Colombia president Carlos Gonzales (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)


This year’s convention will also feature a joint march and rally with the BC Federation of Labour on Friday (April 28) to observe the international Day of Mourning for workers injured or killed on the job. During the rally, convention delegates will carry 188 caskets representing the number of workers killed on the job in BC last year.

The convention will also feature a pension forum, an equality forum, and a women’s luncheon.


  • WHEN:
    Wednesday, April 26 until Saturday, April 29, 2006
  • WHERE:
    The Hyatt Regency, Vancouver


Roseanne Moran, CUPE Communications Representative: (778) 835-7537
Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications Representative: (604) 999-6132