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August 22 - 25, 2022

CUPE Local 5430 members MUST register through their Regional Office.



CUPE Wanuskewin School 2022

On behalf of CUPE Union Education Branch please find the program brochure at the following link:

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. It is our expectation that attendees at [school] will be fully vaccinated.

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.

Occupational Health and Safety
August 22 (9:00am) - 25, 2022 (12:00pm)

In this Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) workshop, the standards within Saskatchewan will be reviewed, including the roles of committees, and the rights of workers to refuse unsafe work under The Saskatchewan Employment Act. A review of OHS standards, under current laws, and how well workers’ rights fared during the COVID-19 epidemic will be shared. Workers must be aware, more than ever, that collective agreement language should be up-to-date and adaptable to even such unexpected circumstances as a worldwide pandemic. Member/worker trauma and best-practices for responding to the challenges of our post-pandemic workplaces will be considered, touching on the need for psychologically safe workplaces.

Conflict, Conflict/Dispute Resolution, and Harassment Intervention
August 22 (9:00am) - 25, 2022 (12:00pm)

In this workshop, the nature of conflict will be considered, and techniques for its resolution within CUPE locals and within unionized workplaces will be discussed. Alternate conflict- and dispute-resolution strategies and techniques will be introduced and reviewed, including mediation, interest-based bargaining/negotiation, and third-party solutions, such as arbitration. Tips for de-escalation of situations, people, and yourself will be provided. Because they are common and highly-destructive forms of conflict, harassment and sexual harassment within the workplace will be brought into focus, and training for intervening as a bystander, or witness to such harassment will be shared.

Fundamentals of Labour Law
August 22 (9:00am) - 25, 2022 (12:00pm)

In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of labour law as they apply to unionized workplaces in Saskatchewan. Topics will include what locals and activists need to know about The Saskatchewan Employment Act, the Union and Employer’s Duty to Accommodate, and the Duty of Fair Representation. Further discussions will include recent developments in Canadian and Saskatchewan labour law pertaining to cannabis use, COVID-19, and recent challenges to union representation around mandatory vaccination policies and COVID-19 responses.

In this series of workshops from the CUPE Education Branch “Steward Learning Series,” new and more experienced shop stewards will have an opportunity to refine and improve their skills to represent members. Best practices around representation, grievance handling, discipline and discharge, important information on disability and ableism, and helping your union and workplace to become more open to and understanding of the duty to accommodate. Prerequisite: Introduction to Stewarding, Part 1 and 2 (online) OR Introduction to Stewarding (9-hour face-to-face). Participants are requested to bring a copy of their collective agreement to the sessions.

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

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
Aug 22, 2022 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Saskatchewan))

This module equips stewards to be proactive when meeting with management. Learn tips for effective meetings, and build confidence by practicing meeting situations.

SLS - Grievance handling
Aug 23, 2022 (9:00am-12:00pm (Saskatchewan))

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
Aug 23, 2022 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Saskatchewan))

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.

SLS - Disability and ableism in the workplace
Aug 24, 2022 (9:00am-12:00pm (Saskatchewan))

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 - Creating accommodation-friendly workplaces
Aug 24, 2022 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Saskatchewan))

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.

Jul 29, 2022

Wanuskewin Heritage Park
RR#4 Penner Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan



Your registration is not complete until payment is received. Payment must be received by Friday, July 29, 2022 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, SK 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

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

Brooklyn Sass