Local 917 at CUPE BC Convention

With the CUPE BC Convention being held in Victoria again this year, several members of our local were fortunate enough to be able to attend. Attending this year were: Byron Spiers, Claude Champagne, Rosie Marykuca, Craig Marykuca, Brad Lockwood, Cory Yetman and Steve Nixon.

The annual Convention is where resolutions brought forward by BC Locals are debated and voted on. Changes to our CUPE constitution are debated and voted on as well. It is also a forum for our delegates to meet other members from Locals from all over BC and hear their stories of successes and defeats in the struggles for fair and equitable treatment from their employers and from governments.

There was a lot of work to do with over 170 resolutions eligible for debate and adoption. There were at least 6 constitutional amendments being tabled as well. Also on the agenda was the election of CUPE BC executive officers as well as Regional officers for District Councils. The Convention ran for 4 days and was well attended with over 500 delegates and alternates representing over 85000 members from Locals all across the province.