Statement from Abe Araya, CUPE Manitoba President on the cancellation of the CUPE Manitoba virtual convention

The CUPE Manitoba Executive have unanimously voted to cancel our upcoming convention scheduled for Friday, November 20, 2020.

While we have important work that needs to get done as a union, we know that our members and activists are on the front-lines fighting against COVID-19, and right now that’s where they’re needed most.

Although our convention was to be held virtually, with all of Manitoba under an unprecedented Code Red, we felt it prudent to cancel this convention until a future date, when our members can fully participate in the work of our union.

We encourage all our members to continue contacting us and your workplace representatives throughout these challenging times. Your voices are critical in ensuring we can continue to hold government and employers accountable. And indeed, you are making a big difference in the lives of workers and families province-wide.

Thank you and feel free to reach out to me any time.

In Solidarity,
Abe Araya
President of CUPE Manitoba

CUPE Manitoba Convention Postponed – COVID-19

The CUPE Manitoba Annual Convention scheduled for April 15-17, 2020, will be postponed to a later date.

Out of an abundance of caution related to the COVID-19 pandemic, CUPE Manitoba will not be holding our annual convention until the pandemic has subsided, or until health authorities recommend such gatherings can take place without potentially putting participants at risk of contact with COVID-19.

CUPE Manitoba is the province’s largest public sector union, representing workers in health care, long-term care, K-12 education, post-secondary education, municipalities, crown services, child and social services, and more.

Our members care for vulnerable populations, and CUPE Manitoba takes COVID-19 very seriously.

Health authorities have suggested “social distancing measures”, which include the avoidance of large, prolonged group gatherings.

“Members should rest assured that the postponement of the CUPE Manitoba Convention does not mean that the work of the union has stopped,” says Abe Araya, President of CUPE Manitoba.

“CUPE Manitoba will continue to represent our members, hold government to account, and continue to advocate for strong protections for members who work in sectors with increased risk of contact with COVID-19.”

CUPE encourages all members to avoid misinformation, and read more about COVID-19 from official sources.  CUPE Manitoba also encourages members to follow the recommended guidelines (with the links below) for disease prevention which includes washing your hands.

Government of Canada:

Government of Manitoba:

Shared Health: (including resources for health care staff):

For more information related to CUPE Manitoba’s Convention, contact CUPE Manitoba at

2020 Spring/Summer Education Calendar

Union education means union power!

The power to defend out rights as workers, to protect the services we provide, and to build caring communities.

This year’s Spring/Summer Education Calendar covers a range of topics that will make our union stronger by equipping CUPE activists with new skills through course materials, and sharing with each other.

To attend any of these courses, contact your Local President to learn how.

Download the full 2020 Spring/Summer Education Calendar here

Courses include:

2020 CUPE Winter School (see Winter School Brochure)
➢ Gimli | February 20 – 23, 2020 | Lakeview Gimli Resort & Conference, 10 Centre Street

Advanced Steward Learning Series
• Challenging Racism in the Workplace
• Challenging Sexism in the Workplace
• Disability and Ableism in the Workplace
➢ Winnipeg | March 26 & 27, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 103-275 Broadway

• Duty of Fair Representation
• Representing Members in Front of Management
• What Stewards Need to Know about Arbitration
➢ Dauphin | May 14 & 15, 2020 | CUPE Dauphin Area Office, 121 1st Street S.W.
➢ Winnipeg | June 11 & 12, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 103-275 Broadway
BARG – At the Bargaining Table
➢ Winnipeg | May 21 & 22, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 103-275 Broadway
Conflict Resolution
   ➢ Winnipeg | May 7 & 8, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 103-275 Broadway
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Duty to Accommodate
➢ Winnipeg | March 5 & 6, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 103-275 Broadway
➢ Brandon | April 30 & May 1, 2020 | CUPE Brandon Area Office, 1911 Park Avenue
Financial Essentials and Financial Officers
➢ Winnipeg | April 30 & May 1, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 103-275 Broadway
➢ Brandon | May 7 & 8, 2020 | CUPE Brandon Area Office, 1911 Park Avenue
Hot Topics: Attendance Management
➢ Winnipeg | March 12, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 103-275 Broadway
➢ Brandon | March 19, 2020 | CUPE Brandon Area Office, 1911 Park Avenue
➢ Dauphin | April 23, 2020 | CUPE Dauphin Area Office, 121 1st Street S.W.
Introduction to Health and Safety
➢ Winnipeg | February 27 & 28, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 103-275 Broadway
➢ Brandon | March 12 & 13, 2020 | CUPE Brandon Area Office, 1911 Park Avenue
Introduction to Stewarding
➢ Brandon | February 27 & 28, 2020 | CUPE Brandon Area Office, 1911 Park Avenue
➢ Winnipeg | April 8 & 9, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 107-275 Broadway
Retirement Planning
➢ Brandon | April 8 & 9, 2020 | CUPE Brandon Area Office, 1911 Park Avenue
➢ Winnipeg | June 4 & 5, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 103-275 Broadway
Social Media
➢ Winnipeg | April 23 & 24, 2020 | Union Centre, Room 103-275 Broadway
➢ Brandon | June 4 & 5, 2020 | CUPE Brandon Area Office, 1911 Park Avenue

Abe Araya Elected as President of CUPE Manitoba

BRANDON – Delegates at the 2019 CUPE Manitoba Convention in Brandon elected Abe Araya as President of the province’s largest union. Abe Araya comes from CUPE Local 110, representing custodians, maintenance, and painters at the Winnipeg School Division.

“Our union is focused on fighting back against cuts to health care, education, social services, and privatization,” said Araya. “Despite Brian Pallister’s attempts to divide working people, we will be uniting workers from across Manitoba to put a stop to Pallister’s austerity agenda.”

Delegates at convention voted in support resolutions, ranging from health and safety in the workplace, anti-oppression training for activists, pushing back against privatization, fighting against health care and education cuts, and supporting the Green New Deal.

“CUPE is an incredibly diverse union,” said Araya. “With the strength of Manitoba’s largest union, we will be on the front line defending public health care and education, public Hydro, and fighting for properly funded childcare and social services for all Manitobans.”

CUPE’s annual convention featured guest speakers, including NDP leader Wab Kinew, NDP Critic for Infrastructure and Municipal Affairs Matt Wiebe, NDP Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre Leah Gazan, Winnipeg School Division Trustee Yijie Chen, and Manitoba Health Coalition Director Breanne Goertzen.

CUPE National President Mark Hancock and CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury spoke to delegates, committing the full strength of CUPE’s 700,000 members to fight against cuts and privatization.

Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck provided updates on labour’s united front against Bill 28 (The Public Services Sustainability Act) and committed to fight against the Pallister government’s unconstitutional wage freeze.

Two hundred people rallied outside Brandon City Hall with CUPE Local 69 on Wednesday evening, voicing concern over the contracting out of work at the Wheat City Golf Course.

Gord Delbridge, President of CUPE Local 500 served as interim CUPE Manitoba President throughout 2019. Delbridge continues to serve as Vice-President of CUPE Manitoba. Barb Gribben of CUPE Local 737 was this year’s recipient of the prestigious Jack Rodie Award, recognizing dedication and activism in the union.

“Our union is stronger, and more united than ever,” said Araya. “Manitobans can count on CUPE to defend good jobs, and fight for our public services.”

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union representing more than 700,000 members.  In Manitoba, CUPE represents over 36,000 members working in health care facilities, personal care homes, school divisions, municipal services, social services, childcare centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.

2019 CUPE Manitoba Convention, *new* November 10 – 14, Brandon

The 56th Annual Convention of CUPE Manitoba will be held from *November 10 – 14, 2019 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Brandon Manitoba.

Sister Judy Lavallee, CUPE 1550

Dear CUPE family,

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing of sister Judy Lavallee. Sister Judy died Sunday evening in an automobile accident while traveling on union business.

Sister Lavallee served CUPE for over two decades, taking on many roles on the executive of CUPE Local 1550 at the Health Sciences Centre / CancerCare as well as on the Provincial Health Care Council and the CUPE Manitoba Provincial Executive.

Judy has been a tireless advocate for CUPE members, and is like family to all of us.

This is a deep loss to the entire CUPE family, we are sure you will all join us in expressing our deepest condolences to Judy’s family and friends.

Updates forthcoming as more information is made available.

Employee Assistance Programs are available in workplaces to help members with grief, please do not hesitate to contact your workplace EAP.

– Terry Egan, CUPE Manitoba President

Read moreSister Judy Lavallee, CUPE 1550

CUPE 998 Opposed to Bill 19

Winnipeg – CUPE Local 998 (representing workers at Manitoba Hydro, including in the PowerSmart program) will be on-site to voice opposition at the Legislative Committee hearings on Bill 19 tonight.

Bill 19 (Efficiency Manitoba Act) seeks to carve out the PowerSmart program from Manitoba Hydro and establish a separate energy efficiency crown corporation.

“PowerSmart is an important program housed in Manitoba Hydro that helps Manitobans achieve energy efficiency targets and savings,” says Chris Mravinec, President of CUPE 998.

“It makes no sense to divorce our public energy efficiency program from our public hydro”.

The government re-scheduled committee hearings to tonight at 6pm, after failing to pass committee hearings on May 11 following numerous presentations, including from CUPE 998, and an hours-long filibuster by Conservative MLA Steven Fletcher.

“We hope the government comes to its senses on Bill 19 in ‘round-two’ of committee hearings”, says Mravinec.

CUPE Local 998 launched an online petition that has garnered over 300 signatures and numerous comments since it was launched on May 17.

For more information contact:

(204) 391-7939 Chris Mravinec, President CUPE 998

(204) 801-7339 David Jacks, CUPE Communications

Terry Egan Elected as CUPE Manitoba President

Delegates at the 54th annual CUPE Manitoba Convention held in Portage la Prairie have elected Terry Egan as CUPE Manitoba President.

CUPE Manitoba President-elect Terry Egan (2nd from right) with outgoing CUPE Manitoba President Kelly Moist, CUPE National President Mark Hancock (right) and CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury (left).

Terry Egan is a CUPE member from the Winnipeg School Division, and was President of CUPE Local 110 representing approximately 400 WSD custodians, painters, utility and mechanical workers.

Outgoing CUPE Manitoba President Kelly Moist, who did not run in the election, offered her congratulations on behalf of all CUPE members to Terry Egan as he takes on his new role.

“I am proud to represent CUPE members in Manitoba in these difficult times,” said Egan. “We are resolved to fight for all workers in Manitoba and continue to defend public services against privatization and cuts”.

The CUPE Manitoba convention convened in Portage la Prairie on Wednesday, May 3 and concludes on Friday, May 5.

CUPE Manitoba represents approximately 26,000 members working in health care facilities, personal care homes, school divisions, municipal services, social services, child care centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services

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