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RED DEER , AB – With little debate, over two-thirds of the delegates to the CUPE Alberta annual convention voted for a per capita increase to fund a full time President.

Treasurer Tom Dick, the only speaker to the motion, summed up his support: “We need it, we want it, lets damn well make sure we can pay for it.”

The position will start July 1st.

The vote followed a resolution from last year calling on CUPE Alberta to create a full-time President. Last years convention did not address funding for the position, asking the executive to develop a plan to put forward to the 2005 convention.

The resolution followed recommendations from the structures committee, which reported after a year of consultation with Locals and members across the province.

Considerably more debate happened on other constitutional amendments. Delegates defeated a resolution to eliminate alternate area vice presidents from the executive.

Local 46 President Marle Roberts spoke against eliminating the Alternate Area VPs, saying the positions are valuable for promoting local leadership

Resolutions calling for convention to be held every two years, and to alternate between Calgary and Edmonton were defeated.