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REGINA: Over 200 delegates from across the province will be attending the 38th Annual Convention of the Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees on March 6 - 8, 2003 at the Delta Hotel in Regina.

Delegates will debate over 50 constitutional amendments and resolutions addressing a variety of issues such as: pay equity, occupational health and safety, anti-scab legislation, health care and the upcoming municipal, school board and provincial elections. The theme of this year’s convention is “In Struggle, SolidarityIn Solidarity, Strength.”

CUPE National President Judy Darcy, who recently announced she would be stepping down later this year, will address the convention for the last time.

Delegates will once again have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with Labour Minister Deb Higgins. Other guest speakers will include: CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Gnreux, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour President Larry Hubich and Fred Muzin, president of B.C.’s Hospital Employees’ Union.

CUPE delegates will also participate in a noon-hour rally at the legislature on Friday, March 7 for long-term funding to improve the wages and working conditions of those employed with community-based agencies.

The convention will begin Thursday with an education day featuring presentations and workshops on pensions, Medicare and privatization.

The following is a brief outline of some convention highlights:

Friday, March 7

  • 9:00 a.m. Greetings – Larry Hubich, SFL President

  • 9:30 a.m. President’s Report - Tom Graham

  • 11:00 a.m. National President’s Address - Judy Darcy

  • 12:00 p.m. Rally for community-based agencies at legislature

  • 1:15 p.m. Greetings – Fred Muzin, HEU President

  • 2:30 p.m. Presentation by Labour Minister Deb Higgins
Saturday, March 8
  • 9:00 a.m. General Vice-President’s Report – Paul Moist

  • 9:30 a.m. National Secretary-Treasurer’s Address - Claude Gnreux

  • 10:30 a.m. Elections and resolution debate
CUPE is the largest union in the province, representing over 24,000 public sector employees who work at health care facilities, school boards, municipalities, universities, libraries and community-based organizations.

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For more information, contact:
Guy Marsden, Executive Assistant
757-1009 or 533-0287 (cell) after March 4.