The National Bargaining Conference will provide local leadership with opportunities to develop skills and share strategies for success in bargaining. Stronger bargaining means more effective unions, better working conditions and healthier communities.

The conference builds on CUPE’s steadfast bargaining policy of “no concessions,” and will feature training in strategic planning processes that will help members prepare more effectively for bargaining. The conference will also highlight tools and resources to support CUPE locals in the full lifecycle of the bargaining process.

The heart of CUPE’s National Bargaining Conference is four half-day workshops where members will develop their skills on everything they need to move forward in bargaining. The workshops will allow members to share their ideas for planning for bargaining, engaging our members, campaigning to build public support and winning strikes.

Workshop selections

>>> When you register, you will be asked to choose three workshops from this list: 

  • Strategic Planning for Bargaining 

Looking at the external and internal factors and players that affect bargaining, participants will look at what goes into developing a strategic plan that will have the strongest impact on bargaining.

  • Engaging members 

Member engagement and participation build union power. This workshop shares success stories and looks at strategies to engage members and strengthen locals for the challenges ahead.

  • Campaigning to Win

Campaigning to build public support for our members and the services they provide increases our strength at the bargaining table. This workshop will look at how to mount a winning campaign and the supports available from CUPE National (cost-shared campaigns, strike averting campaigns).

  • Winning Strikes

It takes a lot of planning and preparation to run a successful strike. This workshop walks participants through all aspects of strike planning and allows participants to share best practices.

Key Dates & Times

  • Early registration deadline: February 15, 2019
  • Registration deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Registration at conference: Monday, March 18, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Conference opens: Monday, March 18 at 6:30 PM
  • Conference closes: Thursday, March 21 at 11:30 AM

Registration closes March 1, 2019! Register now to explore proven strategies to strengthen your local’s bargaining planning, member engagement, public outreach and strike capacity. 

We look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon in March!