EDMONTON – Close to 1,000 people, including AUPE delegates, observers, life members, guests, staff and media are expected at the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees 36th Annual Convention at the Shaw Conference Centre – 9797 Jasper Avenue – in downtown Edmonton on Thursday beginning at 9 a.m.
President Guy Smith will address Convention Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Media are encouraged to attend.
The theme of the 36th Annual Convention is “Taking A Stand, Standing Together.”
“AUPE is governed by an open and democratic process. Over the three days of Convention, delegates will debate and vote on resolutions and policies that will guide Alberta’s largest union over the next year,” said AUPE President Guy Smith.
“Our Convention demonstrates our commitment to disclosure and transparency as well,” said Smith. “During Convention, financial reports are reviewed, a new budget is approved, and our committees report on the business that’s been done during the previous year.”
“This past year has been one of the most significant in AUPE’s proud history. Our goal is to continue to build on the solidarity and action we have experienced as we move forward,” said Smith.
A byelection for two executive committee spots left vacant by outgoing vice-presidents Sandy Kyle and Sandra Azocar will be decided by vote on Friday morning. Ballot results are expected around 9:30 a.m.
Delegates will hold a large rally at the Alberta legislature Friday at 4 p.m. in a celebration of the union’s strength and solidarity.
The 36th Annual Convention wraps up Saturday at 3 p.m.
This is the third year in a row AUPE’s Convention has been held at Shaw Conference Centre to account for the union’s rapidly growing membership, which is now more than 80,000 province-wide.
For more information:
Guy Smith, AUPE president: 780-265-2294
Tyler Bedford, AUPE communications: 780-930-3406