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Weeklong Workshops – Coming in October!

Fall 2017 Weeklong School October 29 – November 3, 2017 Workshop Descriptions


What does a CUPE steward do? If you are a new steward and want to learn how to help CUPE members solve workplace problems, this introductory workshop is for you! In this workshop you will learn:

Investigating workplace problems Filing a grievance
Meeting with management
Dealing with workplace complaints

The 5 Steward Learning Series modules are:

  • ▪  Challenging Homophobia in the WorkplaceWhat is homophobia and transphobia, and how do they play out in our workplaces, locals, and communities? Learn how a steward can challenge this kind of discrimination and represent members that experience homophobia in the workplace.
  • ▪  Creating Gender EqualityHow do you know if gender inequality is happening in your workplace? Learn about gender inequality and ideas for how stewards can challenge sexism in the workplace.
  • ▪  Handling Grievances
    In this module stewards teach each other “best practices” and share strategies forhandling difficult grievances.
  • ▪  Mobilizing WorkersStewards can play a key role when the union needs to mobilize its members. Learn basic mobilization theory and practice new skills by working with current CUPE campaigns.
  • ▪  What’s Our Duty?
    Learn about where stewards get their authority in the workplace, the duty of fairrepresentation, and other labour laws that cover the workplace.Please bring your:
    Collective Agreement, Steward Handbook and StewardLearning Series Passport

Fall 2017 Weeklong School

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October 29 – November 3, 2017

Workshop Description



This workshop uses an intensive roleplay to help union activists develop the skills they need to build and maintain solidarity throughout the bargaining process. Discussions include analyzing internal and external forces that influence collective bargaining, identifying effective strategies and tactics for engaging members, and thinking about ways to reach marginalized members.

Note: This workshop is for activists who want to learn how to use collective bargaining to build union power. This is not a “learn how to bargain” workshop.


▪ Introduction to CUPE
Learn about CUPE structure and about the values and principles of the labour movement. Understand the roles and responsibilities of elected officers, and the bylaws and constitutions that structure our organization. Leave knowing how to make your voice heard at a union meeting and how to participate in the decisions of your union.

▪ Duty of Fair Representation
The local union’s role is to represent members. What are local leaders legally required to do to uphold this duty? What does it mean when members’ interests are at odds? How do we maintain solidarity when defending members’ rights? How do we provide fair representation for local members?

▪ Introduction to Ally Skills
Championing human rights in the workplace and the union is a vital role of local union leaders. But what does it mean to act as a good ally? In this workshop, we will explore ways to reduce personal bias, challenge oppression, and act in solidarity with members from marginalized and equity-seeking groups.

▪ Parliamentary Procedure
This workshop is about following rules of order when chairing union meetings. Learn about the role of the chair and the different elements (motions, amendments, points of order, etc.). Get a chance to put the learning into practice.

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October 29 – November 3, 2017

Workshop Description



This course is designed to equip participants with tools and strategies for successful work reintegration outcomes. Participants will explore leading research and learn the principles of good work reintegration practices and the duty to accommodate. The course has a strong focus on the analysis and interpretation of human rights obligations and particularly the duty to accommodate. Barriers to successful work reintegration are addressed with a focus on attitudinal barriers and their elimination using the social model of disability and therapeutic return to work principles. An in-depth comparison between older methods of disability management and the newer, progressive disability prevention model is presented and participants learn about the paradigm shift from management to prevention.

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