Convention 2019

Convention 2019

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.

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