Key Dates & Times

  • Conference opens: Monday, April 3, 7:00 PM
  • Conference closes: Thursday, April 6 at 11:00 AM

Join us at the Building Strong Locals Conference!

CUPE local leadership from across the country will gather at our Building Strong Locals Conference in Halifax from April 3 to 6, 2017.

The Building Strong Locals Conference will provide local leadership with opportunities to develop skills and share best practices to make our union even stronger. A powerful local union is one that is inclusive and accessible, and that’s what the Building Strong Locals Conference is all about.

From building internal solidarity to developing solid union structures, this conference will help local leaders develop the tools they need to prepare for the challenges we all face.

Register right away to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you in Halifax in April. 


WORKSHOPS

The heart of the Building Strong Locals Conference is five half-day workshops where CUPE members will share their ideas for building strong, inclusive, accessible and representative local unions. Building on feedback from our Building Strong Locals National Leadership Survey, we have created workshops that will help us strengthen our locals.

Building Strength at the Bargaining Table

Explore strategies to build bargaining strength and foster internal solidarity to win gains for everyone, in the face of an increasingly difficult bargaining climate that includes: government austerity agendas, increased demands for concessions and two-tier provisions, and attacks on job security.

Building Strong Local Infrastructure

Learn best practices for sustaining a strong and inclusive CUPE local. Discuss sound techniques to administer your local’s finances and bylaws. Review solid examples of proven practices.

Building Our Strength by Engaging Our Members

Learn the tools, techniques and technology to build strength and solidarity for successful mobilization. Explore examples of successful member engagement, and discuss the benefits of increasing participation in and support for your local union.

Building Our Strength with Community Allies

Build your bargaining power, strengthen membership engagement, and find new allies through solidarity work in your communities.

Building Strong Leaders for Strong Locals

Identify tools to recruit, mentor and train dynamic leaders reflective of the diversity of our members. Learn about progressive leadership styles and techniques and how to use them to create a stronger local union.


AGENDA

Monday, April 3

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM                Registration | Level 1 – Registration Desk

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM                Plenary | Room 200-CDE

  • Catherine Anne Martin, (Mi’kmaq) Millbrook First Nation
  • Mark Hancock, CUPE National President
  • Shelly Gordon, Director of Research, Job Evaluation and Health and Safety, CUPE National

Tuesday, April 4

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM                Workshops

  • Building Strength at the Bargaining Table | Room 202-205
  • Building Strong Local Infrastructure | Room 200-C
  • Building Our Strength by Engaging Our Members | Room 200-E
  • Building Our Strength with Community Allies | Room 301-303
  • Building Strong Leaders for Strong Locals | Room 200-D

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                Reception | Room 100

Wednesday, April 5

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM                Workshops

  • Building Strength at the Bargaining Table | Room 202-205
  • Building Strong Local Infrastructure | Room 200-C
  • Building Our Strength by Engaging Our Members | Room 200-E
  • Building Our Strength with Community Allies | Room 301-303
  • Building Strong Leaders for Strong Locals | Room 200-D

Thursday, April 6

9:00 to 11:00 AM                    Plenary | Room 200-CDE

  • Willy Palov, Member of the Bargaining Committee, Halifax Typographical Union (HTU)
  • Megan Leslie, Senior consultant, national oceans governance, WWF-Canada
  • Charles Fleury, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer