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CUPE education for the Year 2000

  • 529 “certificate” workshops (plus mobilization workshops and joint training sessions, for example, on workplace harassment)
  • 342 facilitators (staff and members)
  • 15,000 participants

Most popular workshops:

  • Stewarding
  • Bargaining
  • Financial Officers
  • Health and Safety
  • Retirement Planning

Workshops are sponsored by the national Union Development Department, provincial Divisions, District Councils, sectoral committees, bargaining councils, and individual local unions.

They happen during evening, weekend and weeklong sessions, conferences, as well as with individual locals, committees and councils who are preparing for a specific round of bargaining, a strike, a campaign, etc.

Our current program reflects the concerted efforts we are making to reach out to members and involve them directly in everything we do. We don’t believe that union education is separate from the day-to-day work of our locals, or our day-to-day struggles in workplaces, at the bargaining table, in the legislatures, in communities, and in the streets.

When CUPE members attend education programs, they understand the struggles better and feel motivated to get involved. When our union activists and leaders attend, they feel better equipped to lead the struggles they’re involved in.