I attended the CUPE Manitoba 2016 Convention from May 4 -7 at the RBC Convention Centre. The convention was well attended with delegates from across Manitoba in attendance. There were a number of resolutions to discuss and we were also honoured to have incredible speakers throughout the event to bring messages of solidarity and strength of the labour movement. Featured speakers of the event included the current CUPE National President Mark Hancock, Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury and former CUPE National President Paul Moist. The convention dealt with a number of resolutions, which focused on pension benefits, health and safety concerns and political engagement. Although, there were no resolutions directly dealing with the post-secondary sector, the themes of anti-austerity and standing united against cuts are both themes that our membership is directly immersed in at the University of Manitoba. It is imperative that we stand united with our fellow Sisters and Brothers in the fight for worker rights, and to work together to ensure we do not lose any hard fought victories.
Report prepared by Brianne Goertzen, Secretary CUPE Local 3909