That’s a wrap!

National Convention may have looked a little different this year, with delegates gathered behind screens in homes and offices across Canada, rather than under one convention hall roof. Nevertheless, CUPE leaves our 30th National Convention energized, resolute, and ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

Over 2,300 delegates tuned in this week to debate resolutions and constitutional amendments, and hear from guest speakers including NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske, and Cree writer and activist Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash.

Delegates also adopted the Strategic Directions, which lays out a roadmap for bargaining, organizing, political action, and more over the next two years.

The Anti-Racism Strategy was explored and adopted by delegates, while convention also heard an update from the Safe Union Spaces Working Group.

Many heartfelt tributes were made throughout the week for Charles Fleury, who is retiring after a decade as National Secretary-Treasurer, and forty years as a CUPE member and activist.

Candace Rennick, former Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario, was elected as National Secretary-Treasurer, while Mark Hancock was re-elected to a fourth term as National President.