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January 26 - 29, 2020



Saskatchewan 2020 Winter School

Track 1 - Local Executive Training "Path of Leadership"
Track 2 - Steward Learning Series "Path of Representation - What Can it Mean"
Track 3 - Steward Learning Series "Path for New Stewards"
Track 4 - Harassment & Bullying at Work

What does leadership look like in your local? What could it look like if your local and processes were transformed by teamwork and readiness for conflict and change? These CUPE Local Executive Training workshops will provide a platform for effectively working together, and tools for facing challenges as a team!

LET - Leadership Essentials
January 26 (4:00pm) - 28, 2020 (12:00pm) (1 space available)

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
Jan 28, 2020 (1:00pm-4:00pm) (1 space available)

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 - Conflict-Ready Executives
Jan 29, 2020 (9:00am-11:00am) (1 space 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

Representation is actually vaguely defined. How do we represent people to the best of our abilities? Does each member face the same challenges? Is representation for one member good enough for another with a disability, or from an equity seeking group? Is representation a cookie-cutter approach? Join us to look at how accommodations can work for members, how the Duty of Fair Representation is positioned in law, and how being aware of aspects of gender and individuality need to be considered in the spectrum of representation. Five courses from the Steward Learning Series are being offered here so locals can come closer to a fuller understanding of representation.

SLS - Representing gender and sexually diverse members
January 26 (4:00pm) - 27, 2020 (12:00pm) (4 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 - Creating accommodation-friendly workplaces
Jan 27, 2020 (1:00pm-4:00pm) (4 spaces available)

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 - Representing members in front of management
Jan 28, 2020 (9:00am-12:00pm) (4 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 - Duty of fair representation
Jan 28, 2020 (1:00pm-4:00pm) (4 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 - Taking on privatization
Jan 29, 2020 (9:00am-11:00am) (4 spaces available)

Learn about different forms of privatization in CUPE workplaces, how it impacts our members, services, and the public, and what stewards can do about it.

For new stewards, or those who could use an update and a refresher course in the basics of stewarding, we have the New Path for Stewards workshop. The work of this class will be the prerequisite for the Steward Learning Series, namely the Introduction to Stewarding course, followed the work on the vital skills of Notetaking and Grievance Handling. If you are a new steward, or are interested in becoming one, here is your and your local's chance to access the fast-track basics and get you up to speed!

Introduction to Stewarding
January 26 (4:00pm) - 28, 2020 (12:00pm) (8 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 - Notetaking
Jan 28, 2020 (1:00pm-4:00pm) (8 spaces available)

Why do I have to take notes? What kind of notes should I take? Are my notes private? Learn answers to important questions like these, and practice notetaking.

SLS - Grievance handling
Jan 29, 2020 (9:00am-11:00am) (8 spaces available)

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

Every workplace has unlevel playing fields, and many seem to be bastions of power play and harassment. Often people will leave a workplace and a career rather than remain exposed to bullies and harassers. This workshop helps members and unionists understand the harassment phenomenon, and allows us all to work toward a harassment-free workplace and society. Last year we had the opportunity to pilot a newly revamped harassment workshop, and such was the reception, we needed to offer it again!

Harassment and Bullying at Work
January 26 (4:00pm) - 29, 2020 (11:00am) (15 spaces available)

How do we recognize harassment`and bullying? What are the impacts of harassment and bullying? What can the union do about it? This workshop will help you understand: • what harassment and bullying; • how to handle complaints; • how to use contract language, education, and workplace policy to prevent harassment and bullying.

HS - Violence Prevention
January 26 (4:00pm) - 29, 2020 (11:00am)

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.

Jan 2, 2020

Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa
24 Fairford Street E.
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan


Your registration is not complete until payment is received. Payment must be received by Thursday, January 2, 2020 or your seat will be released.

Please make cheques payable to: CUPE

Mail payment to: Kim Draeger
CUPE Saskatoon Area Office
250 Cardinal Crescent
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7L 6H8

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

Send your cancellation request in writing with your local number, address and telephone number by the registration deadline to: Kim Draeger,, 250 Cardinal Crescent, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7L 6H8

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.

Kim Draeger

Donna Erdman