CUPE National Convention agenda highlights

    OTTAWA, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's largest union will be holding its
2007 biennial National Convention in Toronto from October 15 - 19

    Listed below are some of the highlights of the convention:

    1. Monday, October 15: Mayor of Toronto David Miller will address the
       delegates at 9:30 a.m. He will speak about the urgent infrastructure
       need cities in Canada are facing. Following Mayor Miller, CUPE
       National President Paul Moist will recap the struggles CUPE has fought
       over the past two years, and outline the challenges CUPE and it's
       560,000 members expect to face in delivering public services during
       the upcoming two years.

    2. Tuesday, October 16: Native activist, singer and songwriter Buffy
       Sainte-Marie will address delegates at 9:00 a.m. Ms Sainte-Marie is an
       outspoken activist that has committed both her time and resources to
       improving the lives of native peoples. Following Ms Sainte-Marie, CUPE
       delegates will begin discussion and debate on CUPE's strategic
       directions document. This document will become CUPE's action blueprint
       for the next two years. The strategic directions document will focus
       on issues pertaining to privatization of public services, climate
       change, and international solidarity.

       Paul Moist, CUPE national president and Claude Généreux, national
       secretary-treasurer will be available for comment following the
       reading of the Throne Speech.

    3. Wednesday, October 17: Locked out Journal de Québec workers will
       address delegates at 11:30 a.m. The Journal de Québec is part of the
       Sun Media chain - its workers have been locked out since April 2007.
       The lock out at The Journal de Québec is the latest volley in the
       media convergence struggle that is unfolding across the country.

       It is also the International day for the eradication of poverty. CUPE
       along with Oxfam will hold a rally in support of the day at noon hour.
       Public services have been proven time and again to be poverty busters.
       Now more than ever both nationally and globally we must defend public

       Wednesday afternoon the election of CUPE national officers will take

    4. Thursday, October 18: Discussion and debate continues on CUPE's
       strategic directions document. Delegates will debate and discuss
       initiatives to address climate change and its impact on the delivery
       of services. Also delegates will discuss privatization at the global
       level and CUPE's work at the international level.

    5. Friday, October 19: NDP leader Jack Layton will address the delegates
       and gives us a hint of what to expect from the floor of the House of
       Commons following Tuesday's Throne speech.

    CUPE National Convention will adjourn.

For further information:

For further information: Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, Cell:
(613) 808-0675; Wendy Forbes, CUPE Communications, Cell: (416) 892-8716;
Catherine Louli, CUPE Communications, (613) 237-1590, Cell: (613) 851-0547
until October 16

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