Throughout 2013 we celebrated and drew inspiration from our 50th anniversary. Gathering and safeguarding CUPE’s history was a major focus. Key documents have been digitized and indexed on a searchable database, and will become part of the Library and Archives Canada national collection. CUPE is also gathering local union pins to display at the national office, preserving another important part of the CUPE story.
We celebrated from coast to coast, producing a special leaflet for each provincial division convention. CUPE’s National Executive Board marked the birth of our union with a special gathering at the national office on September 25.
Our national convention was a high point of 2013. Past and present were woven together with a series of videos chronicling our rich and proud history, now available on cupe50.ca. A 50th anniversary booth in the CUPE Village was also a major draw for delegates wanting to share their local’s history and order a beautiful series of commemorative posters.