Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Why It's Nice to Be CUPE - from cupe.ca

CUPE will pay disabled delegates' additional costs for convention

April 6, 2009 02:14 PM

CUPE's National Executive Board (NEB) has adopted a new policy to ensure that members with disabilities do not face barriers to participation at national convention or at national events.

At its March meeting the NEB passed a policy to pay 100 per cent of the additional costs directly related to necessary equipment, or to the assistance of a personal attendant, required by a delegate with a disability for the duration of the conference or convention.

All other costs related to delegates’ participation to the national convention or national event remain the responsibility of the chartered organization they are representing. Sensitive to the particular needs of CUPE members with disabilities, the National Executive Board has passed this policy to ensure that all members have equal access to participation regardless of their disability.

The standard form to submit for delegates with a disability will be included in the official call with your chartered organization’s credentials. This mail out will take place on July 7, 2009.

Please make sure the completed form outlining the needs of the member with a disability is returned with your chartered organization’s credential to CUPE National. And don’t be shy to spread the good news!

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