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October 24 - 25, 2020



Parliamentary Procedure, Financial Officers, Stewards Learning Series, Introduction to Stewarding & Health & Safety - An Introduction

LET - Parliamentary Procedure
Oct 24, 2020 (9:00am-4:00pm) (25 spaces available)
Oct 25, 2020 (9:00am-12:00pm) (25 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. NOTE: Please bring a copy of your local bylaws to the workshop.

LET - Financial Essentials
Oct 24, 2020 (9:00am-4:00pm) (14 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
Oct 25, 2020 (9:00am-4:00pm) (14 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.

Introduction to Stewarding
Oct 24, 2020 (9:00am-4:00pm) (25 spaces available)
Oct 25, 2020 (9:00am-12:00pm) (25 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.

Health and Safety - An Introduction
Oct 24, 2020 (9:00am-4:00pm) (25 spaces available)
Oct 25, 2020 (9:00am-12:00pm) (25 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.

SLS - Notetaking
Oct 24, 2020 (9:00am-12:00pm) (25 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 - Ally skills for stewards
Oct 24, 2020 (1:00pm-4:00pm) (25 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 - Conflict skills for stewards
Oct 25, 2020 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Unresolved workplace conflict is stressful and weakens the union. Learn about the sources of workplace conflict and how to choose a response that fits the situation. Practice conflict communication skills that will help you resolve conflict at work and in the union.

Durham College Skills Training Centre - Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Avenue
Whitby, Ontario

Affiliate: $100
Non-affiliate: $120

Registration fee is $100 Affiliated Locals, $120 Non Affiliated Locals for all workshops. Registration fee includes course materials, lunch, snacks for breaks and coffee/tea/juice on Saturday. Please advise of any food allergies in advance of the school.

Please make all cheques payable to the the Durham/Northumberland CUPE Council and forward to:

Durham Council Spring School
CUPE Oshawa Area Office
Oshawa Centre Galleria
419 King St. W., Suite 104
Oshawa, ON L1J 2K5

Tel (905) 433-4760
Fax (905) 433-2969

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