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The 10th Tri-national Conference in Defense of Public Education

will be held in

Mexico City, Mexico on May 17 - 19, 2012
Centro de Educación Continua – Unidad Allende del IPN, en el Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México.

Union delegation DII-IPN 15, SNTE section X, participant of Unión Sindical Democrática (Democratic Union) (USD-IPN), and the Sindicato Único de Trabajadores de la Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (Mexico City Autonomous University Workers’ Only Union) (SUTUACM), members of Sección Mexicana de la Coalición Trinacional en Defensa de la Educación Pública (Trinational Coalition Mexican Section for the Defense of Public Education):

have the honor of inviting you to participate in the

10th Conference of the Trinational Coalition for the Defense of Public Education, which will be held on May 17, 18 and 19, 2012, in Mexico City, at Centro de Educación Continua – Unidad Allende del IPN, en el Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México.

The topic of our conference is: "Putting the public back in public education: Alternatives for the future"

Conference Information:

If you need any assistance at all, please contact our conference planners at:

Mexico: Maria Ramos, - seccionmexicana.coali@gmail.com
Canada:  Larry Kuehn - lkuehn@bctf.ca

Program / Agenda:

Registration forms:

Fee: $50 (US or CDN)

Conference hotels:

  • TBA

Please find the attached agenda. We hope we can have the attendance of at least 40 teaching Unions from Canada, 40 from the United States and 80 from Mexico. We will have the presence of a delegation from the Latin American Union organizations, participating in the Social NETWORK for Public Education of the Americas (SEPA NETWORK). Contributions from your organization will help strengthen our work and actions for the defense of public education.

The agenda of Trinational Conferences includes a school visit on the first day and we can offer two choices, one for basic education with the purpose of helping a population located close to Mexico City (one hour and a half bus drive) and a visit to a higher education campus with the purpose of visiting a National Polytechnic school in Mexico City. We kindly ask you to fill out the attached form and send it by email.

Thanks to Canadian Union support, we are able to offer English – Spanish and Spanish – English Simultaneous Translation during the whole conference. In order to cover part of the food expenses: lunch, two dinners and cafeteria service, we are requesting the payment of $50 for registration. In the event you are not able to pay for the Conference, please request payment exemption.

We are offering an additional activity on Sunday, May 20, with the support of the Researchers’ Union from Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History). It is a visit to the Teotihuacan archeological site. Transportation has an additional cost; so if you would like to participate, please indicate it in the registration form.

We all know about the important role your Union plays in the defense of public education as a social right, and in the construction of democratic societies, so we hope to see you at the Conference in order to strengthen our work and actions.

In order to register for the Conference, the form is attached, so please fill it in and send it as soon as possible to the following email address: seccionmexicana.coali@gmail.com, to María Ramos.

Kind regards,

Conference 2010 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Since NAFTA created new links between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada in 1994, education union activists from the three countries have met at a conference every two to three years.  The purpose has been to deepen understanding of the impact of the neo-liberal policies exemplified by NAFTA on public education and to find ways to work together in mutual support of public education in the three countries. 

The 9th conference, which was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in May, 2010, was co-hosted by FNEEQ-CSN (Federation Nationale des Enseignantes et Enseignants du Quebec) and the CSQ (Centrale des Syndicats du Quebec). This conference provided another opportunity to join in this process. More the 260 union representatives and other education activists from several regions in Quebec, Canada, the United States and Mexico participated in this event.

Final Declaration

Declaración final (español)


Inaugural speeches (in original languages only):

Irene Lanzinger, Prfesident, BCTF

Julie Washington, Vice-President UTLA

Jorge Cazares en representación de la Coalición trinacional - sección mexicana

Réjean Parent, président de la Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ)

Workshop reports - TBA 

For background on the Trinational Coalition for the Defense of Public Education, please consult the following document:

*      "A Brief History of the Trinational Coalition", by Dan Leahy

*       "Breve Historia de la Coalición Trinacional (Español)" por Dan Leahy)