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May 26 - 31, 2019



On behalf of CUPE Union Education and CUPE BC, please find the brochure and hotel information for the upcoming Spring 2019 Weeklong School in Kamloops May 26-31 at the following links.


Hotel Information

Introduction to Stewarding
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (-21 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 - Challenging racism in the workplace
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (-21 spaces available)

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 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (-21 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.

SLS - Popular economics for stewards
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (-21 spaces available)

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 - Representing gender and sexually diverse members
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (-21 spaces available)

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

SLS - Representing members in front of management
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (-21 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.

Health and Safety - An Introduction
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (3 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 - Basics of Incident Investigations
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (3 spaces available)

Learn how to identify root causes of workplace incidents, injuries, and diseases, common routes of entry of toxic substances, and your role in the investigation process.

HS - Equality in Health and Safety
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (3 spaces available)

Championing equality in the workplace and the union is a vital role of health and safety activists. But what does it really mean to act as a good ally? In this workshop, we will explore what oppression looks like in a health and safety context, and look at ways to reduce personal bias, challenge oppression, and act in solidarity with members from marginalized and equity-seeking groups.

HS - Recommendations and notetaking
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (3 spaces available)

Learn how to takes notes at committee meetings and prepare recommendations

HS - Understanding Mental Injuries at Work
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (3 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 - Violence Prevention
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (3 spaces available)

This module examines the risk factors that lead to violence in the workplace, and the employer’s obligations to prevent workers from being exposed to and injured by violence while at work. We examine relevant health and safety law, and start to develop strategies to make our workplaces safer.

LET - Conflict-Ready Executives
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (-1 spaces available)

In this workshop, participants will explore: - The value of conflict for effective groups - How our beliefs about conflict shape how we respond - The kinds of conflict executives struggle with - Productive ways to resolve conflict on an executive

LET - Leadership Essentials
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (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 and strengthen solidarity in the union, in the labour movement and in our communities.

LET - Leading as a Team
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (full - wait list only)

In this workshop, executive teams explore power and responsibility that comes with it, how we work in teams and how to balance our leadership styles to engage the membership and work effectively across diversity.

LET - Parliamentary Procedure
May 26 (9:00am) - 31, 2019 (4:00pm) (full - wait list only)

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.

May 17, 2019

Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre
1250 Rogers Way
Kamloops, British Columbia



The registration fee including accommodation and meals (Sunday afternoon to Friday noon) is $1,050.00 per person based on shared accommodation.
There are a limited number of single accommodates available at a cost of $1,600.00 (accommodation and meals). A refund will be issued if there is no single accommodation.
Participants who wish to bring a spouse/partner or child over 14 years of age must pay for single accommodation for them and an additional meal supplement for a total cost of $2,000.00 ($1,600.00 + $400.00 = $2,000.00).
Participants who wish to bring a child between 3 and 13 years of age must pay for single accommodation for them and an additional meal supplement for a total cost of $1,850.00 ($1,600.00 + $250.00 = $1,850.00).
Please provide the name of your spouse/partner/child online.

Your registration is not final until payment is received. If payment is not received within 7 days, your seat will be released.
Please make cheques payable to CUPE - Spring 2019 School
Mail payment to: Greg Burkitt, Education Representative
CUPE BC Regional Office, 6222 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5H 0G3

There will be no refunds for registration cancellations with less than 72 hours’ notice. Please notify us as soon as possible if a member cannot attend, or will be arriving late on Sunday evening.
Send your cancellation request in writing with your local number, address and telephone number by the registration deadline to or call 604-202-8792

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.

Greg Burkitt
(604) 202-8792

Sophia Yap
(604) 291-1940