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All events are held in the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building unless otherwise indicated. Simultaneous translation will be provided during listed caucuses.

Convention business: Delegates will deal with resolutions according to the day’s order paper distributed each morning.

Musical entertainment will be provided prior to afternoon convention sessions.

Sunday, October 30

10:00 a.m. Sectoral Meetings

  • Paramedics/Emergency, Room 116-117
  • Library, Room 114-115
  • Child Care, Room 111-112
  • School Board, Room 109-110
  • Water and Wastewater, Room 118-119-120

12:00 p.m. Registration, Ballroom B

1:00 p.m. Sectoral Meetings

  • Municipal, Room 118-119-120
  • Electrical Utility, Room 114-115
  • Social Services, Room 111-112
  • Post-Secondary, Room 116-117
  • Health Care, Room 109-110

4:00 p.m. Pension Forum, Room 114-115

8:00 p.m. Delegates Reception, Westin Bayshore, Grand Ballroom

Monday, October 31

8:00 a.m. Registration, Ballroom B

8:30 a.m. Making the Most of Convention – A Delegate Orientation, Ballroom C

9:30 a.m. Convention Opening, Exhibit Hall AB1

  • Greetings from Barry O’Neill, President, CUPE BC
  • National President’s Report

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

  • Equity Caucus, Room 116-117

2:00 p.m. Convention Business Resumes

  • Health and Safety Award
  • National Secretary-Treasurer’s Report
  • National Trustees Report

4:00 p.m. Election Forum – National Officers, Exhibit Hall AB1

5:00 p.m. Election Forum, Exhibit Hall AB1

6:00 p.m. Youth Forum, Room 118-119-120

7:00 p.m. Meeting of CUPE District Councils, Ballroom D

8:00 p.m. Equality Forum, Ballroom C

Tuesday, November 1

9:00 a.m. Convention Business Resumes

  • Tribute to Jack Layton

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

  • Women’s Caucus, Room 116-117

2:00 p.m. Convention Business Resumes

  • Literacy Awards
  • Stephen Lewis, Former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Strategic Directions

6:00 p.m. Adjournment

7:00 p.m. Health and Safety Forum, Ballroom D

9:00 p.m. Convention Dance, Westin Bayshore, Grand Ballroom

Wednesday, November 2

9:00 a.m. Convention Business Resumes

  • Election of National President
  • Election of National Secretary-Treasurer
  • Tribute to Claude Généreux

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. Convention Business Resumes

  • Grace Hartman Award
  • Election of General Vice-Presidents
  • Strategic Directions
  • Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

6:00 p.m. Adjournment

8:00 p.m. Global Justice Forum, Ballroom D

Thursday, November 3

9:00 a.m. Convention Business Resumes

  • Communications Awards
  • Nycole Turmel, New Democratic Party of Canada
  • Election of Regional and Diversity Vice-Presidents and Trustees
  • Strategic Directions

12:00 p. m. Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. Convention Business Resumes

  • National Disability Rights Activism Award

6:00 p.m. Adjournment

Friday, November 4

9:00 am Convention Business Resumes

  • Strategic Directions

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. Convention Business Resumes

6:00 p.m. Adjournment

CUPE Convention Choir & Convention Drumming Group Rehearsals

  • 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • all welcome, lunch served
  • Choir: Room 209
  • Drumming: Room 202

Convention Gallery: Ballroom A

  • Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fellowship Room

  • Westin Bayshore, Executive Suite 928
  • Daily as of 7:00 p.m.

AA meetings

  • Westin Bayshore, Room Oak 1
  • Daily at 8:00 p.m.

Convention Office Room 301-302

Combating any harassment: CUPE’s ombudspersons

CUPE is committed to creating a union which is inclusive, welcoming and free from harassment, discrimination and all types of bullying and intimidation. Harassment and inappropriate behaviour divide us as workers and can undermine the dignity and respect of our sisters and brothers.

Delegates and staff at this national event can call on a team of ombudspersons for assistance in dealing with harassment or other inappropriate behaviour as defined in the CUPE Code of Conduct.

What is a CUPE ombudsperson?

A CUPE ombudsperson is a member or staff person trained to resolve complaints of unfair treatment or harassment. CUPE’s Code of Conduct sets out expectations for behaviour at CUPE events. CUPE ombudspersons are trained to resolve complaints in a neutral, impartial and confidential manner.

What services does an ombudsperson provide?

Ombudspersons respond to complaints from delegates about inappropriate behaviour or actions.

An ombudsperson may:

  • Listen to your concerns and discuss your complaint with you, either on the phone or in person.
  • Meet with one or both parties involved to discuss how to resolve the complaint.
  • Propose and evaluate possible solutions.
  • Implement a solution for the duration of the event.

Ombudspersons do not take sides, but work with the parties involved to try and resolve the situation. This is NOT like a grievance procedure. There is no investigation, no witnesses, no time lines. When they receive a complaint, the ombudspersons try to resolve the situation. If that is not possible, the ombudspersons will contact the person in charge of the event who has the authority to expel the offender(s) from the event.

Who can use the services of the ombudsperson and how confidential are they?

Any CUPE member or staff may contact an ombudsperson at a national CUPE sponsored event. The process is confidential, that means the ombudsperson will not identify you or the details of the complaint.

How can I get in touch with an ombudsperson?

If you feel you have been harassed and need assistance, please call 604-209-5229 someone will be there to help. All calls will be treated confidentially.