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June 20 - 24, 2022

Registration and school opening is on Sunday evening.

Workshops will run 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Thursday and 9 am - 12 pm Friday
Some workshops may run extended hours or require evening work.

CUPE National has a vaccine policy and you can read it here.
The policy applies to CUPE National organized events, including Union Education workshops and National meetings and conferences.

CUPE Education is committed to hosting an event where all CUPE members and staff are safe and able to fully participate.

Depending on the state of the of pandemic at the time of our weeklong school, we may require attendees to confirm their vaccination status, rapid test, and mask.

In registering for this event it is understood that you agree to comply with the protocols we establish to prevent the spread of COVID.



Welcome to our Summer School for 2022!

Join us at beautiful White Point Hotel for one of two series of workshops, our popular Steward Learning Series or our Local Executive Series.

Day 1: Ally Skills for Stewards + Challenging Racism Day 2: Creating Accommodation Friendly Workplaces + Creating Harassment Free Workplaces Day 3: Duty of Fair Representation + Representing Members in Front of Management Day 4: What Stewards Need to Know About Arbitration + Grievance Handling Day 5: Handling Discipline & Discharge

SLS - Ally skills for stewards
Jun 20, 2022 (9:00am-12:00pm (Atlantic))

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 - Challenging racism in the workplace
Jun 20, 2022 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Atlantic))

This workshop covers what racism looks like in the workplace, and your role as a steward in challenging it.

SLS - Creating accommodation-friendly workplaces
Jun 21, 2022 (9:00am-12:00pm (Atlantic))

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. NOTE: Please bring your Steward Handbook to the workshop.

SLS - Creating harassment-free workplaces
Jun 21, 2022 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Atlantic))

Learn how to recognize harassment, educate members about harassment, and represent members who are involved in harassment complaints.

SLS - Duty of fair representation
Jun 22, 2022 (9:00am-12:00pm (Atlantic))

Learn about where stewards get their authority in the workplace, the duty of fair representation, and other labour laws that cover the workplace. NOTE: Please bring your Steward Handbook to the workshop.

SLS - Representing members in front of management
Jun 22, 2022 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Atlantic))

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
Jun 23, 2022 (9:00am-12:00pm (Atlantic))

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. NOTE: Please bring your collective agreement to the workshop.

SLS - Grievance handling
Jun 23, 2022 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Atlantic))

Share tips and successful practices with other stewards, and learn strategies for handling difficult grievances. NOTE: Please bring your collective agreement and Steward Handbook to the workshop.

SLS - Handling discipline and discharge
Jun 24, 2022 (9:00am-12:00pm (Atlantic))

Learn about key legal concepts and terms, and the role of stewards during an employer’s investigation, when discipline is given, and during grievance meetings. NOTE: Please bring your collective agreement and Steward Handbook to the workshop.

Leadership Essentials, Conflict-Ready Executives, Essentials for Inclusive Unions, Parliamentary Procedure

LET - Leadership Essentials
June 20 (9:00am) - 21, 2022 (12:00pm)

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 - Conflict-Ready Executives
Jun 21, 2022 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Atlantic))

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 - Essentials for Inclusive Unions
Jun 22, 2022 (9:00am-4:00pm (Atlantic))

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 - Parliamentary Procedure
June 23 (9:00am) - 24, 2022 (12:00pm)

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.

Jun 10, 2022

75 White Point Road, #2
White Point Beach, Queen's County, Nova Scotia


Affiliate: $1200
Non-affiliate: $1200

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/SCFP
Mail payment to: Jessica Scott,, 271 Brownlow Ave., DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia B3B 1W6

There is huge demand for our online learning programs. If you need to cancel your registration, please let us know prior to June 10, 2022.. To cancel, email Jessica Scott,, 271 Brownlow Ave., DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia B3B 1W6

Thanks for your interest in CUPE’s online learning and for your ongoing leadership in our union!

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.

Rose de Tourris

Jessica Scott