2019 Division Convention

The 45th Annual Division Convention will be held May 5 to 8, 2019, in Corner Brook at the Greenwood Inn & Suites. Download a copy of this Convention Call, and all forms, at the bottom of the page.

Greenwood Inn & Suites
48 West Road
Corner Brook, NL
Tel: (709) 634-5831 or (800) 399-5381
Email: greenwoodcb@whg.com


Original form (see below) should be presented at the Convention. Registration will be held:

  • Sunday, May 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, May 6, from 8 to 9 a.m.

A block of rooms has been allocated at the Greenwood Inn & Suites. Locals are requested to make their own reservations. Rates are $125.00 plus taxes per night. Group block name is “CUPE” and the deadline for reservations is April 5, 2019.


The basis for representation from affiliated Locals shall be as follows. From Local Unions paying per capita tax on:

50 members or less 1 delegate
51 – 100 members 2 delegates
101 – 300 members 3 delegates
301 – 500 members 4 delegates

and one additional delegate for each additional 100 members or major portion thereof, and one (1) additional delegate per Local for a youth delegate (maximum age 35). This extra delegate will be the financial responsibility of the Local.

  1. To be entitled to representation in the Convention, a Local Union shall have paid per capita on its total membership up to and including February 2019.
  2. Local Unions having less than twenty-five (25) members may make application to the CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador Executive Committee for transportation and registration fee subsidization to assist in their sending of a delegate to Convention, and the CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador Committee is empowered to act thereof.

Alternate Delegates

An affiliated Local Union may elect alternate delegates to attend the Annual Convention. An alternate delegate shall be entitled to attend sessions of the Convention, but shall not be entitled to voice or vote, except in the absence of a duly elected delegate. For the purpose of this section, the duly elected alternate delegate must be in possession of a delegate’s badge prior to being afforded voice or vote. It shall be the responsibility of the presiding officer to ensure the intent of this section is carried out.

Credentials and Registration

Credential forms shall be filled out correctly and the duplicate credential returned promptly to Sister Dawn Lahey, 56 Nascopie Crescent, St. John’s, NL A1B 3W5. The original credential form shall be presented to the Credentials Committee when registering at the Convention Headquarters.


Under Article 6.7 of the CUPE National Constitution, no Local in arrears for two or more months will be allowed representation to the National Convention or Conventions at any level of CUPE.

Therefore, in order to be allowed representation at the 45th CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador Annual Convention, Locals must have their per capita paid to CUPE National and CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador up to and including February 2019.

Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments

We would encourage as many Locals as possible to submit Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments. Resolutions are intended to give the Division Executive Board and its’ Committees direction in the next term while Constitutional Amendments are designed to improve upon the CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador Constitution. We promote a clear language format.

Submitting Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments

The process of submitting resolutions and constitutional amendments is found at Article 4 in the CUPE NL Constitution.

All resolutions and constitutional amendments to be considered at the convention must be submitted by a Local Union, or by the Executive Board of CUPE NL, or Committee thereof – into the hands of the CUPE NL Recording Secretary no later than 21 business days before convention starts (Vice-President, Sister Dawn Lahey). This year that date is April 14, 2019.

These resolutions shall be dealt with at Convention before any late resolutions with the exception of emergency resolutions. Emergency is defined as something that has happened twenty (20) days prior to the Convention. All resolutions must be submitted under the letterhead of an affiliate submitting same and signed by the presiding officer and secretary of such affiliate.

  • Resolutions and proposed Constitutional Amendments must be submitted by a specific deadline date.
  • Each Resolution must be signed by two (2) members of a local’s executive.
  • Resolutions submitted by either fax or email will be accepted as long as the deadline date is respected and each resolution bears the required signatures.
  • Please submit resolutions only once. It is not necessary to mail in your submissions if they have already been faxed or emailed with the required signatures.

Please forward signed resolutions and constitutional amendments to:

Dawn Lahey
56 Nascopie Crescent
St. John’s, NL A1B 3W5
Tel: (709) 722-4810
Cell: (709) 693-384
Email: dawnlahey@hotmail.com

What should resolutions contain and how should they look?

See the sample resolution in the Convention Call, which you can download at the bottom of this page.

  • Be typed whenever possible.
  • Be sealed or stamped with the official seal or stamp of your Local, if you have one. Don’t be concerned if your Local doesn’t have one, however. As long as the resolution is signed, that should be sufficient.
  • Explain why your Local is submitting the resolution.
  • Explain what your Local wants done.
  • Cover new issues or change current policies.

CUPE National encourages Locals to submit resolutions in clear language format. The CUPE National Literacy Committee also recommends clear language resolutions.

To clarify, traditional resolution format uses words like “whereas” and “therefore be it resolved”. Such words can be unfamiliar and confusing.

Using simple words like “will” and “because” make it easier to understand a resolution.

What are some other ways to make resolutions clear?

  • Cover only one main issue per resolution.
  • Use sentences that are clear, direct and short.
  • Use words that your readers will easily understand – avoid jargon and acronyms.
  • Cover new issues or change current policies.


Download a printable copy of the full Convention Call with forms.

Related Event

CUPE NL is pleased to announce the first ever Global Justice Conference will be held May 4 and 5 in Corner Brook, the weekend leading into the Division Convention. More information at nl.cupe.ca/global-justice