Convention 2019

Convention 2019

Daily Convention Updates

May 3

‘Good budget year’ means more, better resources: Fleury

VICTORIA—Expanded growth in CUPE membership and per capita revenue has strengthened the union’s General and Defence funds—meaning an increase in resources and more opportunities to support locals in their work, National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury told delegates on Friday.  Read more.

Big changes ahead for union: National officers’ breakfast

VICTORIA – Thanks to continued growth in our union and other developments, members can expect big changes at CUPE with respect to staffing, trial procedure and governance, delegates were told at the National officers’ breakfast.  Read more.

‘I will continue to be your partner in progress, and our government will keep fighting for people’—Horgan to CUPE BC

VICTORIA—Premier John Horgan arrived to speak at CUPE BC’s convention with a campaign-style entrance, and laid out many of his government’s accomplishments in its first 21 months in power.  Read more.

Modernization of systems, diversification of revenue stream key to stronger union finances—Davies

VICTORIA—Presenting his annual financial report to CUPE BC’s 56th annual convention in Victoria today, Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies said that his ongoing modernization of financial systems coupled with a diversification of revenue streams are key to maintaining CUPE BC’s financial strength.  Read more.

Trans allies needed now more than ever: Coyote

VICTORIA - Thursday’s convention appearance by award-winning author and performer Ivan Coyote had delegates in bales of laughter, tears of sadness, and silent contemplation as they* gained new insight into how to become effective allies for trans people. Read more.


May 2

Hancock brings greetings, urges member engagement and stronger commitment to mental health

VICTORIA—CUPE national president Mark Hancock addressed delegates to CUPE BC’s Convention today, urging them to work harder to engage members to increase union activism and make CUPE’s political action campaigns even more effective. Read more.

CUPE BC’s 56th annual convention kicks off in Victoria with strong stance against hate and intolerance

VICTORIA—CUPE BC, British Columbia’s largest union, began its annual convention on Wednesday night in Victoria with a fiery speech from CUPE BC President Paul Faoro to an audience of more than 650. Read more.

May 1

Get active, get involved: Officers to new delegates

VICTORIA – Enthusiastic faces greeted President Paul Faoro and Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies as they presented the new delegates orientation session at CUPE BC’s 56th annual convention. The session is organized in advance of each annual gathering to ensure that new delegates feel ready to participate fully in the week’s proceedings. Read more.

Time to walk the talk on equality: Human Rights forum

VICTORIA - CUPE locals and their leaders need to be more proactive in reaching out to equity-seeking members and recruiting them for leadership positions, delegates at Wednesday’s packed Human Rights Forum were told. Read more.


Pre-Convention and Convention Events

Human Rights Forum

DATE:    Wednesday, May 1, 2019
TIME:    3:00 – 4:30 pm
PLACE:  Oak Bay Room – VCC – Lower level

CUPE BC is pleased to invite delegates to attend a Human Rights Forum prior to the start of convention.  Panelists representing all four equity groups (Workers of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, Pink Triangle and Indigenous Workers) will discuss the topic “Identifying and removing barriers for equity seeking members in order to become leaders within CUPE.”

The four panelists include:

  • National Diversity Vice-President Yolanda McClean representing Workers of Colour
  • CUPE 2278 President Laura Bulk representing Persons with Disabilities
  • CUPE 15 President Warren Williams representing Indigenous Workers
  • CUPE 1936 President Sheryl Burns representing Pink Triangle. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and learn from these inspirational CUPE Local activists and leaders as they share their personal story.  No pre-registration required.

Workshop - "Social Media and Digital Campaigns: Building power online and on the ground"  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

DATE:    Wednesday, May 1, 2019
TIME:    3:00 – 4:30 pm
PLACE:  Saanich 1 Room – VCC Lower level 

In 2019 people spend more time online than ever before. In this context our challenge is to use online tools to build real power: both in politics and the workplace. This presentation will look at how to build strong campaigns that resonate with your members and the public using the latest social media and digital tools. 

Unions run campaigns with a variety of goals in mind: to influence political leaders, mobilize members around workplace action or bargaining, or to turn members out to vote in an election. This presentation will work through how to set ambitious goals, select the right strategy, and how to use the right digital tools to drive your campaigns.  

We'll cover databases and CRM's, email and texting, social media, and additional action tools like petitions, emails to MP's/MLA's, as well as digital content development (video, blogs, graphics).

Please pre-register for this event by sending an email to or call the CUPE BC Office at 604-291-9119 by April 26th, 2019.

New Delegates Seminar

DATE:    Wednesday, May 1, 2019
TIME:    5:00 – 6:00 pm
PLACE:  Lecture Theatre - Victoria Conference Centre – level 1

Are you a new delegate to convention and would like to learn about the Rules of Order and gain a better understanding of convention before it begins?   Please come to the “New Delegates Seminar” held just prior to the start of convention where President Paul Faoro and others will walk you through the convention procedures.  No pre-registration required.

Young Workers Committee Event – Scavenger Hunt  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

DATE:    Thursday, May 2, 2019
TIME:    5:30 pm
PLACE:  West Coast Room – VCC Lower Level

The CUPE BC Young Workers Task Force invites all young workers to participate in an exciting scavenger hunt around the Downtown Victoria area that will lead to an evening of food, drinks, and giveaways at the Bartholomew’s Pub (777 Douglas Street) in the Humboldt Room.  Young Workers wishing to join in on the fun should meet in the West Coast Room first to pick up information before heading out on the scavenger hunt.  Young workers unable to attend the convention are most welcome to join us as this will be a great opportunity to network and socialize with young workers from across the province.

To assist the young workers with this event, we are asking locals to donate prizes and bring them to convention and drop off at the Young Workers Booth. 

Suggested donations include anything from gift cards, or SWAG items (hats, t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, mouse pads, etc.) that your local thinks are appropriate.

Please pre-register for this event by sending an email to or call the CUPE BC office at 604-291-9119.  This will assist in the ordering of food and beverage.

District Councils’ Hospitality Night

DATE:    Thursday, May 2, 2019
TIME:    8:00 pm – 1:00 am
PLACE:  Fairmont Empress Hotel
                 Rattenbury and Shaughnessy Ballrooms - Lower level

All six District Councils will once again host a Joint Hospitality Night this year at convention.

Come out and meet delegates from other districts and enjoy some appetizers and a beverage or two.

Have some fun at the photo booth, music bingo and karaoke.

Breakfast Forum with the National President and National Secretary Treasurer  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

DATE:    Friday, May 3, 2019
TIME:    7:30 am – 8:45 am
PLACE:  Upper Pavilion – Glass Building outside of the Victoria Conference Centre – Level 1

Breakfast will be served

National President Mark Hancock and National Secretary Treasurer Charles Fleury will be hosting an important session for delegates.  

The National Officers will discuss the following topics:

  • Task Force Report on Staffing
  • Task Force Report on Governance
  • Trial Procedure Review update

We do hope that you can join our National Officers and give them the opportunity to hear from you as well on these important issues.  Please pre-register for this event by sending an email to or call the CUPE BC office at 604-291-9119 by April 26thThis will assist in the ordering of food and beverage.

Friday Night Social – Convention Dance

DATE:    Friday, May 3, 2019
TIME:    8:00 pm – Reception
                9:00 pm – 1:00 am – Dance
                Music by RSM Productions 
PLACE:  Fairmont Empress Hotel
                 Rattenbury & Shaughnessy Ballrooms – Lower level                             

This year at convention, there will be a social and dance on Friday night.  There will not be a banquet as we find most delegates prefer to go out for dinner.  There is no admission charge for the dance.  Light snacks and appetizers will be served later in the evening. 

Other Important Information


CUPE BC Convention App Available

We are very excited to announce that whether you are a delegate to the CUPE BC 2019 convention or you want to follow along from home, there is a convention app for mobile devices that will connect you to all of the action.  No matter what kind of mobile device you use, the app will be available soon for a free download.  Just go to your online app store, search for “CUPE BC Convention 2019” and you will be able to easily download and install the app on your device.

Electronic Voting

Given the success of electronic voting at our past two conventions, we are pleased to announce that we will be using electronic voting again this year.  Elections for all at-large Executive positions (President, Secretary-Treasurer, 4 General Vice-Presidents and 1 Trustee - 3-year term) will be conducted by electronic ballot.  Delegates will receive an e-voting keypad at registration.  E-voting will also be available, if necessary, to confirm results on resolutions.

Toiletry Donations

We request delegates at every convention to bring unused toiletries from their hotel room to be collected and donated to non-profit organizations helping those in need.  This year the Women’s Committee has requested that delegates bring additional products from home as well.  Donations will be given to the “Our Place Society in Victoria”.   Donations can be dropped off at the Women’s Committee Booth at convention.


Executive Board Report

MPP Trustees’ Report

President’s Activity Report

Regional Director’s Report

Secretary-Treasurer's Report

Trustee Report

Committee Reports

Anti Privatization Committee

Colleges Committee

Community Social Services Committee

Education Committee

Environment Committee

Indigenous Committee

International Solidarity Committee

K-12 Committee

Library Committee

Municipal Committee

Occupational Health and Safety Committee

Pension Committee

Political Action Committee

Persons with Disabilities Committee

Pink Triangle

Skilled Trades Committee

Transportation Committee

Universities Committee

Women’s Committee

Workers of Colour

Young Workers Committee

Agenda in brief

Letter from Trevor Davies, Secretary-Treasurer

Convention call

Resolutions guide

Delegate request form for accessibility assistance

WE Air travel information

Group Delegate Accommodation form

Tips on being green at convention

Disability Activist Award

Communications Awards – Call for submissions