Knowledge is power, and CUPE continues to build worker strength through our education program. This year more than 14,000 members from 1,055 locals took part in CUPE education programs, learning the tools and skills to be strong advocates in their workplaces, union and community. The department also trained 50 new member facilitators. There are now 390 members helping facilitate national education programs across Canada.
Introduction to stewarding was one of our most popular workshops – a sign more members are getting involved in the union and more members care about fairness. New courses are also in development. In BC, CUPE piloted workshops on helping members facing workplace stress with mental health issues, and how to more meaningfully connect with our members.
Our Union Development Department helped develop and launch the Unite for Fairness project, producing training materials and facilitating “train the trainer” sessions in all regions. Our staff are working with the CLC on training, tools and materials for the Together Fairness Works initiative.