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May 26 - 31, 2019



Class sizes will be limited to 25 participants. Participants will be registered on a first-come – first choice basis

Human Rights - An Introduction
May 27 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (12:00pm)

This course provides leaders and activists with the opportunity to develop the skills and perspectives we need to build a stronger, more inclusive union. Employers use racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination against people with disabilities to divide us as workers. We’ll focus on the role the union can and does play in advancing equality and challenging employers. This course is not about the Human Rights Code

Legal Legislation
May 27 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (12:00pm)

This course will allow participants to understand better Human Rights, WCB, and the Labour Relations Board. Further, members will learn about notetaking, labour terminology and the changes to the Employments Standards and how they affect our Union.

Mental Health
May 27 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (12:00pm)

Half the population will experience a mental health problem over their lifetime. And 20% of us are dealing with mental illness on any given day. Mental health issues touch every one of us directly or indirectly. What does this mean for us as workers? What about in our role as union activists? What are our duties and responsibilities? How can we support members who may be dealing with mental illness? This workshop will help answer these questions and more.

SLS - Challenging racism in the workplace
May 27, 2019 (9:00am-12:00pm)

This workshop covers what racism looks like in the workplace, and your role as a steward in challenging it.

SLS - Duty of fair representation
May 27, 2019 (9:00am-12:00pm)

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

SLS - Representing members in front of management
May 27, 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

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

SLS - Solidarity with Indigenous workers
May 27, 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Learn about Canada’s history of colonialism, engage in some myth-busting, and explore ways that stewards can build solidarity with Indigenous workers and support reconciliation in the workplace.

SLS - Challenging sexism in the workplace
May 28, 2019 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Reflect on sexism and its social and economic impact. Learn ways to challenge sexism in the workplace and protect members’ rights.

SLS - Grievance handling
May 28, 2019 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Share tips and successful practices with other stewards, and learn strategies for handling difficult grievances.

SLS - Handling discipline and discharge
May 28, 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Learn about key legal concepts and terms, and the role of stewards during an employer’s investigation, when discipline is given, and during grievance meetings.

SLS - Literacy awareness
May 28, 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Literacy affects all of us at work. Learning new computer programs, understanding collective agreements, completing forms, or writing reports can all pose barriers for our members. Learn about how stewards can increase literacy awareness, and help make the union inclusive and accessible to members.

SLS - Creating accommodation-friendly workplaces
May 29, 2019 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Learn the legal framework for the duty to accommodate, what a good accommodation process and plan look like, and what to do if the employer is not willing to provide reasonable accommodation.

SLS - Disability and ableism in the workplace
May 29, 2019 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Explore what ableism is, how to recognize it, and ways to address it. Learn about how to make your workplace and union accessible to workers with visible and invisible disabilities.

SLS - Ally skills for stewards
May 29, 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Effective stewards are champions for human rights and equality. Explore what it means to be an ally, and ways that stewards can step up as allies in the workplace and the union.

SLS - Representing gender and sexually diverse members
May 29, 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia play out in our workplaces, locals, and communities. Learn how to challenge these kinds of discrimination, and respectfully gender and sexually diverse members in your workplace.

SLS - Green action for stewards
May 30, 2019 (9:00am-12:00pm)

How will greening our workplaces impact workers? What does a green workplace look like? What action can we take to address environmental issues? Explore answers to these questions and more, from a steward’s perspective.

SLS - Understanding mental health
May 30, 2019 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Explore the steward’s role in supporting and representing members dealing with mental health issues. Learn how to challenge stigma, and how to approach a conversation with a member about a possible mental health issue.

SLS - Popular economics for stewards
May 30, 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

We keep hearing that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. How do these trends impact our lives as workers and union members? What is needed from us as stewards in these times of growing economic inequality?

SLS - Psychologically safe workplaces
May 30, 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

What is a psychologically healthy and safe workplace? Learn to identify the psychological hazards in a workplace, and the role of the steward in eliminating psychological hazards.

Apr 17, 2019

Red Deer College
100 College Blvd
Red Deer, Alberta


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.

Patty (Patty) Kinahan

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