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Local union communicators won a big round of applause at national convention as Communications Awards were presented for the best publications and web sites.

More than 80 newsletters and 60 web sites were reviewed by independent francophone and anglophone judges in making the selection.

Our union publications include everything from very small local newsletters, produced on a shoe-string budget by volunteers, to province-wide color publications produced by full-time union staff. CUPE web sites include simple home pages and union web sites that have style and sophistication, according to our judges.

Our judges were impressed with the vitality of the bulletin published by CUPE 2057, representing workers at the Affluent school board outside Montreal. At CUPE 402, the Surrey civic employees newsletter conducts membership surveys and gives away t-shirt prizes. CUPE 2252 at Tl-4 in Quebec puts out a newsletter thats very visual and attractive. CUPE 1596 at the Kelsey School Division in Le Pas, Manitoba produces an excellent all round newsletter.

CUPE 1445, Red Deer College employees, have an open, inviting and newsworthy publication. At Air Transat, CUPE 4078 has an enthusiastic and friendly bilingual newsletter. CUPE 1860 at the Newfoundland Housing Corporation has lots of short readable items and runs a form for input from the members. CUPE 3967 ( Regina & Area Health District) has a newsletter full of member profiles, small newsy items and lots of humour.

In the university sector, three locals that won publications awards were also honoured for their web sites: CUPE 3902, U of T student instructors and TAs; CUPE 2661 at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivir0065s and CUPE 3912, the TAs and part-time instructors at Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent and Saint Marys.

According to our judges, CUPE New Brunswick has a web site that uses bilingual pages effectively while CUPE BC has an informative site thats fun to use. And a real stand-out is the web site for CUPE 1816 at Pacific Blue Cross and BC Life Casualty