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Vancouver, October 31 – November 4

Official Convention Twitter Hashtag: #CUPE2011



CUPE National Convention 2011 is mobilizing the power of social media to engage members, locals and staff across the country.

Participate in Convention anywhere, anytime!

In addition to delegates using social media directly from the conference venue in Vancouver, hundreds of additional individuals and groups will be participating in the convention remotely through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and cupe.ca.

This guide provides a listing of social media tools for the conference including Twitter accounts and hashtags to follow (eg, @cupenat) for conference presentations, forums and topics.

Together, we are building a more connected union and labour movement!


If you are at the conference in Vancouver:

  • Please put your own cell phones, cameras and laptops to work – share your own insights and updates about convention workshops and presentations. Help connect the discussion to members and partners around the world.
  • Join us in the Internet Cafe located at the Convention Gallery and go online.
  • Watch as our tweets appear on screen through our live Twitter stream at the Social Media booth in the CUPE Gallery.


To our members and partners joining remotely through social media:

  • Download the Convention Agenda and Social Media Guide at cupe.ca/convention2011.
  • Listen to the convention live online at cupe.ca/convention2011.
  • Share your thoughts and comments about conference news articles, tweets, photos, videos and more.
  • Follow the Twitter accounts and hashtags (listed below) for Convention speakers, sectoral meetings, forums and other events.


Primary websites


Ways to Participate

Social media offers many ways to participate. The list below gives a few suggestions about how you can participate and help spread the conversation to new audiences.  


CUPE National Convention 2011 on Twitter

We encourage everyone to use conference and workshop hashtags to create online conversations during and after the conference. Tweets can be used to share information, comment on the topic, and ask and answer questions.  

Here are a few tips for convention tweeting:

  • Add the convention, workshop, or topic hashtag(s) to your tweets.
  • Use a Twitter client (like TweetDeck or HootSuite) to search for a hashtag. Often you can just click a hashtag to see its recent tweets.
  • You can also type twitter.com into any web browser and enter the hashtag in the search field to locate and participate in the conversation.
  • Join the conversation using #CUPE2011 or workshop hashtags (or both). Presenters are being encouraged to monitor these hashtags and reach out with answers or opportunities to connect.
  • On Twitter, retweet the tweets you find interesting (people love to be retweeted).
  • Ask people you meet to follow you and ask your followers to “Pls RT” your tweets.


List of CUPE Twitter Accounts

Remember to follow the official convention hashtag #CUPE2011 to keep track of the discussion. Include #CUPE2011 in all of your tweets and re-tweets about the conference. To access a listing of all these accounts directly on Twitter visit @cupenat and follow the list for CUPE2011.


List of convention event hashtags


Enter to win an iPad 2 or Playbook!

Like” the CUPE page on facebook to begin
And we’ll enter your name in a draw for your choice of a new iPad 2 or a BlackBerry PlayBook. The contest opens October 3 and two lucky winners will be announced after the closing of CUPE National Convention 2011.

Already “Like” the CUPE facebook page?

Please be sure to fill out the contest entry form on facebook too. All CUPE members who have “Liked” the facebook page and submitted the online entry form by November 4 at 5 p.m. (Pacific time) will be entered to win!