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CUPE took home several awards from the Canadian Association of Labour Media conference held June 10-12 at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

CUPE National’s November 2004 issue of Organize took the graphics award for excellence in layout and design. The best print ad award went to “Not wanted” produced by HEU (Hospital Employees’ Union, CUPE’s health services division in B.C.). Best illustrations were “The Custodian” commissioned for CUPE Local 3570 (drawn by Ted Dave and Deb Rooney) and CUPE 2950’s “Bewildered” (by volunteers).

CUPE National’s Bargaining Equality binder won the Breaking Barriers award for a communications initiative that enhances member participation and access and overcomes discrimination.

In the print division, HEU’s The Guardian publication won for best overall publication by staff. The best moving billboard went to CUPE B.C.’s “Public Education Builds Strong Communities” campaign materials. Doug Smith’s article “We need each other in Canada” published in CUPE National’s Rebuilding Strong Communities magazine won the Ed Finn Award for best feature. CUPE 79’s News and Views won for excellence in writing for locals with 1,000 or more members.

In the electronics awards, the best commercial radio ad went to CUPE B.C. for “Confessions of a Translink director.”