CUPE BC Convention Reflections – Day 3

Johnathn Dyer

Today was an exciting day at Convention as there were several elections happening. Our Own Kari Scott-Whyte was elected as a Regional Vice-President for the Metro Vancouver region! We had the chance to speak to things close to our hearts like Library funding and the importance of the PNE. We also saw the second woman president of CUPE BC get elected a first in 25 years. This was our friend and fellow library worker Karen Ranalletta. I am sad to see the 2021 convention draw to a close but can’t wait for next year when hopefully we can gather again in person for the great work we do. I also want to take a quick moment to say thank you to Paul Faoro for his years of inspiring leadership as president of CUPE BC.


Julian Key

Day three of the Convention definitely had a focus on elections but also saw some really important resolutions hit the floor and get passed by the voting delegates. A motion calling on the provincial government to provide emergency funding to the PNE passed with supporters speaking to the deep roots the event has in Vancouver as well as the over 4000 workers who have now spent two years without support. There was also a motion asking the Provincial government to reform the funding model for the money they supply to libraries across BC. This funding was cut during the era of Liberal government and has still not been restored even to pre-cut levels.

On a personal note, as an Alternate to this convention I had a unique experience from my fellow delegates. Being an Alternate means I am not allowed to vote on resolutions or in elections but am ready to step in if a member of our team is required to leave the convention. As I always have to be ready I was listening and engaging throughout the convention. Not voting also meant that I was able to help run our social media accounts which sent out updates about the proceedings and highlighted some of the work our members were doing. I encourage you to have a look on Twitter @CUPE391 or Facebook at CUPE Local 391.