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September 23 - 28, 2018



CUPE’ s Union Development Department is proud to host the 5th Annual André Lamoureux Memorial School taking place at the Nav Centre.

Brother André Lamoureux was a dedicated union activist, who began his career within the School Board Sector before proudly becoming a National Servicing Representative within the Cornwall Area. He went on to occupy a position as Assistant Regional Director as well as Assistant Director of Organizing and Regional Services and was greatly respected by his fellow Sisters and Brothers. It is with great honour that we commemorate André by naming this Educational Opportunity after him, in the area that he originated.

WSIB Level 3
September 23 (7:00pm) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (-1 spaces available)

This workshop starts on Sunday September 23 at 7 pm and you must be registered for accommodation to participate in this event. There is an additional fee of $140 per person for Prevention Link material. Pre-requisites - WSIB Levels 1 and 2

Introduction to Stewarding
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (9 spaces available)

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. NOTE: See more Stewarding courses under the Steward Learning Series.

SLS - Building your Case
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (9 spaces available)

Good grievance handling means keeping well organized files. Learn how to research a case thoroughly, how to separate facts from opinions, and tips for taking good notes.

SLS - Connecting with Aboriginal Workers
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (9 spaces available)

Explore how your local can demonstrate solidarity with Indigenous members. Stewards discuss strategies for making your locals more inclusive to Indigenous members.

SLS - Creating Gender Equality
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (9 spaces available)

How 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.

SLS - Representing Members in Front of Management
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (9 spaces available)

This module equips stewards to be proactive when meeting with management. Learn tips for effective meetings, and build confidence by practicing meeting situations.

SLS - What's our Duty?
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (9 spaces available)

Learn about where stewards get their authority in the workplace, the duty of fair representation, and other labour laws that cover the workplace.

Health and Safety - An Introduction
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (17 spaces available)

This course serves as an introduction into the world of health and safety and explores different basic concepts such as: • Identification of hazards; • Hierarchy of controls; • The basic role of health and safety committees; • Basics on the right to refuse. NOTE: See more Health and Safety courses in the Health and Safety Learning Series.

HS - Identifying and Documenting Hazards
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (17 spaces available)

In this module, you will learn techniques for identifying hazards, such as body maps, surveys and inspections. You will also develop a methodology for dealing with the hazards you find.

HS - Law and Orders
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (17 spaces available)

This module covers the basic origins of health and safety law, how to find, read and interpret relevant section of law and highlights some of the more important aspects of the specific health and safety law that applies to you.

HS - Making Committees Work
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (17 spaces available)

This module explores the structure, role and function of health and safety committees, their strengths and limitations, and how they can best work within the legislative framework, and within our union.

HS - Understanding Mental Injuries at Work
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (17 spaces available)

New forms of work, job insecurity, work intensification, high demands, violence and a resulting poor work-life balance are resulting in psychosocial and mental health problems in CUPE workplaces. This module focuses on the workplace as the cause of mental health issues, and not the individual. Discuss strategies and actions that actually help make workplaces psychologically healthier and safer.

HS - Workload and Overwork
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (17 spaces available)

As employers pull back resources, they expect workers to do more with less. This module will examine workload, the cause and effects of overwork, and strategies to overcome the ever increasing workload that is damaging not just our health at work, but the relationship we have outside of work.

Duty to Accommodate
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (10 spaces available)

Learn about the rights and responsibilities of both employers and unions under the Duty to Accommodate. In this workshop you will: • explore case law, key concepts and the prohibited grounds of discrimination under human rights law; • learn to make the case for accommodating workers and how to help union representatives and employers come up with appropriate accommodations for members; • Look at how we can break down stereotypes and stigma to support the accommodation process for those who need it.

Job Evaluation
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (10 spaces available)

Job Evaluation

LET - Financial Essentials
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

This workshop is for all members in an elected position within the local union. Whether you are a trustee or a member of the executive, learning about the basics of the local union’s finances is a priority. In this workshop, you will learn about your duties within the finances of the union, budgeting and how to be transparent and accountable to members. 

LET - Financial Officers
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

Once secretary-treasurers and trustees complete the Financial Essentials 1-day workshop, they will spend Day 2 learning about bookkeeping and auditing. Treasurers will learn how to use the CUPE electronic ledger, manage the local union's funds and accounts, and prepare reports to the membership and the trustees. Trustees will learn how to properly perform an audit of the local union's books, accounts, properties, and assets. At the end of this workshop, Trustees will be able to make recommendations to the local union to improve the local union's financial health. LAPTOP REQUIRED-if possible.

LET - Leadership Essentials for Executive Members
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

Who am I as a leader? Who are we as a local union? How do we fit into the broader movement? Learn how to use the power of your elected position to build power in the union, create space for more members to get involved, and strengthen solidarity in the labour movement and in our communities.

LET - Parliamentary Procedure
September 24 (9:00am) - 28, 2018 (12:00pm) (1 space available)

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 change to put the learning into practice.

Aug 17, 2018

NAV Centre
1950 Montreal Road
Cornwall, Ontario


Registration, welcome dinner and school opening will take place on Sunday evening. Some workshops will run extended hours or require evening work.

Registration fees are as follows:
single accommodation - $1400 for the week
double accommodation - $2160 for the week

Registration fee includes accommodation, continuous refreshment service and meals (Sunday dinner to Friday noon).

The day rate - $55 per person per day and includes lunch and beverage service. (dinner is excluded)

Once you have registered on the website, please contact the NavCentre Reservations Department to book your hotel accommodation directly at:
Free Tel: 866-243-9193
Tel: 613-936-5042

If payment is not received within 14 days of registration, the space will be released. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after July 4, 2018 without exception.

Please make cheques payable to Canadian Union of Public Employees (ALS)
Mail payment to: CUPE – Cornwall Area Office, 231 ave McConnell Avenue Cornwall, ON K6H 4L4 . Att: Pat Lemire.

Please note that any workshop may be cancelled due to low registration or other reasons.

If you wish to cancel your registration, please send an email to Pat Lemire ( with your name, local number and workshop registered for. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after July 4, 2018, without exception.

In response to the health concerns of our members and staff, CUPE has implemented a Scent-Free Policy at all of our workshops. Scented products such as hair spray, perfume and deodorant can trigger reactions such as respiratory distress and headaches. Facilitators and participants are asked to refrain from using scented products while attending our workshops and meetings. Thank you for your cooperation.

Patricia Lemire