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CUPE staff and members from Alberta, BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan joined CLC staff representatives on Thursday evening - at the brand new offices of CUPE Local 38 - to review the agenda for the largest annual gathering of municipal politicians, which is being held in Calgary this year.

The 70th Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is meeting this week, and that means municipal politicians from across the country will be in Calgary, discussing issues that affect their communities. CUPE National President Paul Moist encouraged CUPE delegates to use the FCM opportunity to make positive connections.

“The reason we’re here at the FCM is to meet people.” he said. “We’re not here to bargain or to resolve grievances.”

This is CUPE’s third year participating in the conference, and we’re proud to be a bronze sponsor.  As in previous years, we are having a draw for a trip for two anywhere in North America, courtesy of WE Travel.  In addition to this, we are paying the carbon offset cost for this flight.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning, delegates will be able to get to know each other, and engage in topics from environment to community security.

The event isn’t only attended by municipal politicians from every part of the country. Federal and provincial politicians are participating as well. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Leader of the Opposition Stéphane Dion and Jack Layton, Leader of the Federal New Democrats - and the former president of the FCM - will also be addressing the conference.

On Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time CUPE will be holding a media conference featuring Steven Shrybman partner of the legal firm Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, CUPE National President Paul Moist, and D’Arcy Lanovaz, president of CUPE Alberta. The event will shed light on Shrybman’s legal opinion concerning TILMA.