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April 26 - May 1, 2020



David Saunders (1957 – 2007) was a former employee of the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo and a long time dedicated member and employee of CUPE. Beginning in 1986, David served as a National Representative in Barrie, Toronto, Windsor and Peterborough. He was also an Education Representative who believed in the power of education for workers. David’s vision was to have one big weeklong school in Ontario and organized such a school in May 2007. Sadly, Dave passed away in October 2007 and this school is named in his memory.

LET - Conflict-Ready Executives
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

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 - Introduction to CUPE
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

Learn about CUPE structure and about the values and principles of the labour movement. Understand the roles and responsibilities of elected officers, the bylaws and constitution that structure our organization. Leave knowing how to make your voice heard at a union meeting and how to participate in the decisions of your union.

LET - Leadership Essentials
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (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 and strengthen solidarity in the union, in the labour movement and in our communities.

LET - Parliamentary Procedure
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (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 chance to put the learning into practice.

Introduction to Stewarding
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (-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: Participants should bring a copy of their collective agreement to the workshop. See more Stewarding courses under the Steward Learning Series.

SLS - Ally skills for stewards
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

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 - Duty of fair representation
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

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

SLS - Grievance handling
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

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

SLS - Representing members in front of management
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

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 stewards need to know about arbitration
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

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.

Collective Bargaining
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (2 spaces available)

The context for collective bargaining is changing rapidly – in this province, across the country and around the world. The focus of this workshop is a multi-day role-play that helps build high-level bargaining skills. If you are a bargaining committee member, here’s your chance to work with real bargaining information and gain the experience you need when facing management. You’ll also explore current issues like interest-based bargaining and bargaining for equality.

April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (3 spaces available)

This workshop is aimed at CUPE stewards and officers who are active in grievance procedures. Participants will gain a complete understanding of the arbitration process. You will have a chance to do the kinds of research that must be done before an arbitration hearing. Your local and your members will benefit from your new skills! This workshop is designed for those members who have taken Introduction to Stewarding and some Stewarding Learning Series workshops and have experience preparing and presenting a grievance. Please note, this workshop requires evening work.

Labour Law
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

Examination of various aspects of labour law including an overview of the Labour Relations Act. Discipline and Discharge, Last Chance Agreements and will include a section on e-mails, blogging and Facebook. We will also explore some contract interpretation issues such as estoppel, past practice, work of the bargaining unit and types of job promotion languages. Please bring your collective agreement with you. Please note: Introduction to Stewarding is a pre-requisite for the Labour Law workshop.

WSIB Levels I & II and Electronic Evidence
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

Level I - Rights and Obligations - An introductory 12 hour course that provides an overview of Ontario's compensation system. Participants will learn about the history and evolution of workers’ compensation. Parts of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act will be reviewed to give a clear understanding of what workers and employers are covered mandatorily under the compensation scheme. Level II - Benefits & Representation - This 12 hour course provides participants with the knowledge of the benefits and services available and how to properly conduct themselves as representatives in the workers’ compensation system. Benefits and services will be explained in detail, including NEL, FEL, LOE, LMR and PPD. Electronic Evidence - Examine the rules and use of electronic evidence to advance a worker’s compensation claim and pitfalls in using this type of evidence. Also, participants will examine the history of mental stress claims including sections of the WSIA that prohibit payment of stress claims. The WSIB policies related to mental stress will also be discussed along with key WSIAT decisions. Policy considerations regarding occupations with cumulative exposures will also be discussed.

Advanced Human Rights
April 26 (4:00pm) - May 1, 2020 (12:00pm) (full - wait list only)

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. PLEASE NOTE: This course is not about the Human Rights Code

White Oaks Resort & Spa
235 Taylor Road SS4
Niagara on the Lake, Ontario


Registration fee is $1,825 for the week. Participants taking WSIB need to add a $130 for material to the registration fee. Registration fee includes accommodation, continuous refreshment service and meals (Sunday dinner to Friday noon).

Registration payment must be submitted by mail upon registration. Please make cheque payable to the CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (DSS). Cheques addressed other than as indicated will be returned. Cheques should be mailed to CUPE - Ontario Regional Office, 80 Commerce Valley Drive E., Markham, ON L3T 0B2. Attn: Collette Calvelli.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations after February 28, 2020 without exception.

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: Collette Calvelli,, 80 Commerce Valley Drive East, MARKHAM, Ontario L3T 0B2

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.

Collette Calvelli