Union Gears Up for National Convention

August 10, 2012

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As the start of the APWU 20th Biennial Convention nears, preparations for the event have moved into high gear at the union’s national headquarters in Washington, DC.

As of the first week in August, 2,041 delegates representing 331 locals have registered for convention credentials.

The convention will take place on Aug. 20-24 in Los Angeles. This year’s theme is One Union, Indivisible.


Seating on the convention floor will be by region and determined by the progress that states — based on their size — have made toward their COPA goals. The seating plan is designed to reward states who have worked hard to reach their goals, and to encourage those who have lagged behind. The measuring period was July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2012.

The top-ranking COPA-contributing states are: Vermont, North Dakota, Nebraska and Hawaii. Their delegations will be seated up front!

Fundraising for COPA will be a recurring theme at the convention: Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 apiece at the COPA booth. There will be three raffle drawings: One on Tuesday, one on Wednesday and one on Thursday.COPA Night

Delegates who have contributed at least $200 between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2012, will receive two tickets to “COPA Night,” which will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The children of ticket-holders also may attend. The theme for COPA Night will be Take a Walk on the Red Carpet, so dress accordingly and get ready for a fun event featuring COPA stars.


To help delegates prepare for the convention, resolutions that will be debated and voted upon in Los Angeles have been posted online [Members only]. The resolutions address labor-management issues, craft-specific items, legislative topics, and proposals to change the union’s constitution.

“Posting the resolutions online gives delegates the opportunity to discuss them before the convention begins,” Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell said. “Delegates will receive a book containing the resolutions, which they can review as topics are discussed.”

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