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October 20 - 25, 2019



On behalf of CUPE Union Education and CUPE BC please find the brochure and hotel information for the upcoming Fall 2019 Weeklong School in Nanaimo October 20 - 25 at the following links.


Hotel Information

Introduction to Stewarding
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (-1 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 - Ally skills for stewards
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (-1 spaces available)

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 - Disability and ableism in the workplace
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (-1 spaces available)

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 - Growing our mobilizing power
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (-1 spaces available)

Stewards can play a key role when the union needs to mobilize our members – whether it’s to support the bargaining committee, or stop the employer’s attempt to contract out our work. Learn basic mobilization theory and explore how stewards can tackle workplace problems in ways that engage more members and build the union’s power.

SLS - Literacy awareness
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (-1 spaces available)

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 - What stewards need to know about arbitration
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (-1 spaces available)

Although most grievances get settled, some go to arbitration. Learn about the arbitration process, terms, mediated settlements, and the role of the steward before and during arbitration.

LET - Parliamentary Procedure
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (5 spaces 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 chance to put the learning into practice.

LET - Recording Secretaries
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (5 spaces available)

Recording Secretaries play a vital role in keeping local unions strong. Learn how to: • take clear and accurate meeting minutes; • organize files; • process and write correspondence; • Communicate effectively with members.

LET Essentials for Inclusive Unions
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (5 spaces available)

As activists in our unions, we often ask why members are not more involved. This workshop asks a different question: Who is involved and who isn't and what might be some reasons why? How might our unconscious biases contribute to this? How can we represent members in a way that invites those on the margins to get involved and to see the union as place where they want to make a difference?

LET - Financial Essentials
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (11 spaces available)

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 regarding the finances of the union, budgeting and how to be transparent and accountable to members. 

LET - Financial Officers
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (11 spaces available)

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.

Combating Workplace Bullying
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (-2 spaces available)

Bullying hurts everyone. As union members, we have a role to play in combating workplace bullying. Come and talk about: • what bullying is; • how bullying hurts everyone; • how not to be a bystander; • how the union can make a difference.

Conflict at Work
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (-2 spaces available)

Conflict is a natural part of our lives. Learning to handle it well improves relationships at work and in other parts of our lives. In this workshop, you will -deepen your understanding of conflict -learn how to identify the issues and find the right solutions -strengthen your conflict communication skills

Duty to Accommodate
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (-2 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.

HS - Understanding Mental Injuries at Work
October 20 (9:00am) - 25, 2019 (4:00pm) (-2 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.

Sep 3, 2019

Coast Bastion Inn
11 Bastion Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia




The registration fee including accommodation and meals (Sunday afternoon to Friday noon) is $1,150.00 per person based on shared accommodation.
There are a limited number of single accommodations 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 $2,100.00 ($1,600.00 + $500.00 = $2,100.00).
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.
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 - Fall 2019 School
Mail payment to: Vanessa Wolff, 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 778-238-1862.

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.

Sophia Yap
(604) 291-1940

Vanessa Wolff
(778) 238-1862