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Quebec City - Thousands of CUPE members from across Canada will attend their national bi-annual convention from Monday, October 27 to Friday, October 31 and set the unions agenda for the next two years.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, the countrys largest union with 535,000 members, will debate a new strategic direction to resist employer demands for concessions and fight against privatization of public services. CUPE members will also elect a new leader, since National President Judy Darcy is stepping down after 12 years.

Mondays highlights at the Quebec City Convention Centre:

  • 9:30 a.m. Keynote speech from outgoing National President Judy Darcy
  • 2:00 p.m. Keynote speech from National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux
  • 5:00 p.m. Candidates Forum: Delegates question candidates for national office
  • 8:00 p.m. Global Justice Forum: Union leaders from Africa and the Americas will talk about resistance to privatization in their countries, and why CUPEs fight against privatization is so important to them

Later this week:


  • 10:30 a.m. Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
  • Noon Demonstration against Charest government at Quebecs National Assembly


  • 9:00 a.m. Election of new national president and secretary-treasurer
  • 11:00 a.m. Henri Massé, Quebec Federation of Labour president
  • 2:00 p.m. Ken Georgetti, Canadian Labour Congress president


  • 2:00 p.m. Jack Layton, federal NDP leader
  • 8:00 p.m. Tribute evening for outgoing National President Judy Darcy

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For more information contact: Kaj Hasselriis, CUPE Communications, 613-798-6925