Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

May 25, 2011 19:16 ET

Media Release: CUPE members from across province begin 48th annual CUPE Ontario Convention

'Building a Better Ontario' Theme highlights members' community commitment, connection

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 25, 2011) - More than 1,000 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) members and staff from all regions are now seated for the 48th Annual CUPE Ontario Convention, being held at the Sheraton Toronto Downtown Hotel and Convention Centre.

This year's theme, 'Building a Better Ontario,' highlights CUPE Ontario members' continued commitment and connection to their communities, and to the quality public services they provide for their neighbours.

"This is our members' moment to share with one another, to debate and refine our action plan for the coming year, to celebrate our successes and face together the challenges confronting our communities and our Province," said Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario.

"This is also our opportunity to remind governments—particularly the Provincial government—that our communities and the services that make them great places to live are too important to be to be treated as liabilities to be cut back or privatized. That's a message we intend to carry all the way to the Provincial election on October 6," he added.

The convention came to order at 6 p.m., will run until 1 p.m. Saturday. Among the highlights are:

  • Best-selling author and columnist Linda McQuaig's keynote speech on opening night;

  • CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn's report to delegates, at approximately 10 a.m. Thursday;

  • A special address to delegates by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday. Following Horwath's speech, delegates will march to Queen's Park to call on Provincial Politicians to make ending poverty in Ontario a priority;

  • Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick's report to delegates, taking place Thursday afternoon;

  • A farewell address from CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Genereux, Thursday afternoon;

  • Greetings from OFL President Sid Ryan, Friday morning;

  • Presentation of Injured Workers Advocacy and Sisters in Solidarity Awards, Friday afternoon;

  • National President Paul Moist's speech to delegates, Friday Afternoon;

  • Adoption of Action Plan, Saturday morning.

Media wishing to attend the 48th Annual CUPE Ontario Convention should contact CUPE Communications Representative Kevin Wilson to arrange credentials. He can be reached by cell phone at 416-821-6641, or via email at kwilson@cupe.ca.

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