We wanted to share some of the key decisions that were made at our National Convention.
Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Friends:
We’d like to thank the 2,200 delegates who took the time out of their lives to attend our National
Convention in Toronto last week. We know it’s not easy, and we appreciate your commitment to our
union, and the honesty and civility with which you engaged in debates around our union’s
priorities, policies and structure.
We accomplished a lot together, and we wanted to share some of the key decisions that were made.
Delegates approved a resolution to begin pay for eligible members of striking locals on the first
day of a strike, instead of the fifth, as is currently the case. This move will strengthen the
position of locals who encounter obstinate and unreasonable demands from employers at the
bargaining table. This change to strike pay is effective immediately.
Coupled with the union’s renewed bargaining policy, which rejects all attempts by employers to
force concessions and two-tier proposals on workers, we now have a full set of tools to take on
bargaining in a climate of aggressive austerity.
Delegates also adopted CUPE’s Strategic Directions, which establishes the union’s priorities for
the next two years. The plan sets out how we will make gains in our workplaces and communities,
fight racism and discrimination in all its forms, defend public services, and advocate for a better
country and world.
Task Force on Governance
Delegates approved a resolution to create a Task Force on Governance which will review the
structure of our union as laid out in the constitution. Our governance structure has not changed
significantly since our inception as a union in 1963, despite the substantial growth and changes in
our membership in the intervening 54 years, and this assessment is long overdue.
The task force will look at the current and historic composition of our leadership, the role and
responsibility of the positions that make up the National Executive Board, and the structure of our
chartered organizations as well as that of other labour organizations. The task force will make
recommendations to the National Executive Board by March 2019, and the NEB will submit any
constitutional amendments necessary to the 2019 National Convention.
Once again, we’d like to thank each and every delegate for their work.
MARK HANCOCK CHARLES FLEURY
National President National Secretary-Treasurer