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Dear Sisters and Brothers:

What an exciting time for CUPE. This may prove to be a longer report than usual, for so much has occurred in the last few months!

I would be unable to begin this report if not to start with some very personal comments regarding our 22nd National Convention held October 3rd to 7th, in the beautiful City of Winnipeg (never mind that it snowed, delegates had no boots, and we needed to improvise for Communities Day – October 5th).

May I begin by thanking you for your confidence in re-electing me as your National President. I am most humbled and respectful of the trust and responsibility you have given me. Thank you. I pledge to work hard for the betterment of CUPE members and all workers.

Particularly, I wish to thank delegates and staff in attendance at national convention for their warm welcome and acceptance of my parents into the CUPE family. It had been and remained one of my most important dreams to be able to thank and recognize my parents for the richness of the childhood and the values they had both given and incited in me. Thank you for greeting them.

This report will attempt to highlight key policy initiatives, as well as touch on national, regional and international issues affecting our Union. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback on this report and any other matter.

This report covers the following topics:

  • CUPE 22nd National Convention – October 3-7, 2005
  • 2005-2007 Strategic Directions Document
  • Federal Scene
  • Organizing
  • CUPE Solidarity
  • CUPE National
  • CUPE Provincial Updates
  • Canadian Labour Congress
  • World Events
  • Our Retirees
  • Closing Remarks – and New Age Technology