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CUPE members from across the country will gather in Montréal, Québec February 10-13, 2009 for the National Bargaining Women’s Equality Conference.

Registration is now closed

According to the 2007 National Women’s Task Force Report, two main objectives of the conference are to build bargaining strength to advance women’s equality, and to set achievable goals on bargaining issues for women.

This is our opportunity to develop a Canada-wide bargaining agenda to move forward on these objectives.

The 2007 CUPE National Strategic Directions Program and the task force report give context to what the bargaining issues should be to advance women’s equality.

The key bargaining issues are:

  • Strategies to raise women’s wages and benefits;
  • Obtaining and improving pensions for women;
  • Negotiating leaves to improve work and home balance;
  • Bargaining secure jobs (collective agreement provisions that protect from casualization and privatization);
  • Improving provisions to protect women from violence.

On February 11, panels will elaborate on the key bargaining issues slated for discussion. Next, members will choose one key bargaining issue and attend a workshop discussion of the topic in greater depth.

On February 12, there will be panel discussions on building women’s strength at the bargaining table, and making women’s equality issues a priority.

Join us in Montréal and be part of setting the table!

Conference at a glance

Tuesday
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Opening plenary and speakers
9:00 p.m. Reception
Wednesday
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Panel presentations and plenary discussion
1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Workshops
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Caucuses
Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Panel presentations and plenary discussion
1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Workshops
7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Evening social
Friday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Closing plenary and action planning

The February 11th workshops will provide a choice to participate in one of the following key bargaining issue workshops.

  • Strategies to raise women’s wages and benefits
  • Obtaining and improving pensions for women
  • Negotiating leaves to improve work and home balance
  • Bargaining secure jobs (collective agreement provisions that protect from casualization and privatization)
  • Improving provisions to protect women from violence

On February 12, there will be panel discussions on building women’s strength at the bargaining table, and making women’s equality issues a priority. There will be a workshop based on the panel presentations in breakout group format.

Travel to Montréal

WE TRAVEL is the designated official travel agency for CUPE’s National Bargaining Women’s Equality Conference.

Their employees are members of CUPE Local 3532.

Call:

  • Ottawa 1-888-676-7747
  • Vancouver 1-800-663-4703

Conference Hotel

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
900 René Lévesque Blvd West
Montréal, Québec
1-800-441-1414 or Reserve at the Fairmont online

Fairmont Guestrooms are $159/night plus applicable taxes for single or double occupancy.
Delegates should contact the hotel’s reservations department at 514-861-3511 or the Global Reservations centre at 1-800-441-1414 to make reservations.

The Group code for making reservations by telephone is NCWB09 and should be quoted when making the reservations to ensure the participants will take advantage of our negotiated rate.

To make reservations on line, delegates should use this code: GRNWC1.

The deadline to make reservations is January 11, 2009.
After that date, the hotel will release any unsold rooms for general sale which means there will be no guarantee on either the negotiated rate or availability.

Hotel reservation has to be made directly with the hotel.

All travel arrangements should be made through CUPE’s unionized travel agent WE Travel to obtain special discounts.

The toll free numbers to make these reservations are:

WE Travel Ottawa: 1-888-676-7747
WE Travel Vancouver: 1-800-663-4703

 

Train
The hotel is located just next to the Montréal train station and is linked through an underground walkway.

When making train reservations please quote the promotion code for the conference: VIA Conference #11405.

Airline
When making airline reservations please quote the promotion code for the conference: JN4YTH71.

Registration Checklist

Registration is now closed. Forms are for archival purposes only.
Equality Branch – CUPE National Office
1375 St. Laurent Blvd
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z7
Telephone: 613-237-1590
e-mail: settingthetable@cupe.ca