Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

October 02, 2009 11:49 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: CUPE to Host 24th National Convention in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2009) -

A correction from source is being issued with respect to the release sent out this morning at 11:17 AM EDT. In the first paragraph, it should read "Over 2,500" instead of "Over 2,000" and in the second paragraph it should read "The five-day convention" instead of "The four-day convention". The corrected version follows.

On Monday, October 5, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will commence its 24th national convention at the Palais des congres de Montreal. Over 2,500 delegates from across Canada are expected to attend.

The five-day convention will feature keynote addresses from major labour and political leaders including CUPE National President Paul Moist, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Genereux, Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti, Canadian Auto Workers President Ken Lewenza, Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton and Aboriginal human rights activist Michele Rouleau.

The convention will also host international guests from Burma, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Cuba and Colombia.

Since CUPE's last convention, working people have endured one of the worst recessions since the 1930s. The focus of this year's convention will be on strengthening unity and solidarity among workers and labour groups across the country.

"Even as some economists declare the end of the recession, a tough bargaining climate will remain for working people," says CUPE National President Paul Moist. "This year's convention will be a time to rededicate ourselves to defending free collective bargaining rights, protecting and expanding pension coverage, and fighting privatization. CUPE is part of a strong and energetic labour movement. We know it can be done"

OCTOBER 5-9, 2009 1001 PLACE JEAN-PAUL RIOPELLE, MONTREAL, QC

CUPE NATIONAL CONVENTION SPEAKERS' SCHEDULE

Monday, 11:00 a.m. CUPE National President Paul Moist

Monday, 2:30 p.m. CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Genereux

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. CAW President Ken Lewenza

Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. Aboriginal Human Rights Activist Michele Rouleau

Thursday, 9:30 a.m. CLC President Ken Georgetti

Friday, 9:20 a.m. Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton

A daily cultural showcase will feature performances by La Libertad, Apadoorai, Zuruba and Break Syndical.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Media Relations
    613-818-0067