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May 28 - June 2, 2023

Summer School fees:
"Early Bird" registrations/cheques must be received by March 24, 2023.
Hotel Room - double occupancy - $1,323 (Early bird); after March 24/23 - $1,449
Hotel Room - single occupancy - $1,953 (Early bird); after March 24/23 - $2,142
Cabin - double occupancy - $1,575 (Early bird); after March 24/23 - $1,764
No single occupancy is available in cabin.

Make cheque payable to: CUPE
Mail payment to:
Kim Draeger
CUPE Saskatoon Area Office
250 Cardinal Crescent
Saskatoon SK S7L 6H8



Saskatchewan Summer School 2023

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

Choose One:
Session 1 - Steward Learning Series
Session 2 - Leadership and Equality
Session 3 - Advanced Grievance Handling
Session 4 - Occupational Health & Safety

CUPE National has a vaccine policy and you can read it here:

As of this brochure, the CUPE Policy requires members to mask during workshops. 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 rapid test and mask. CUPE's policy is subject to change without notice.

In registering for this event; it is understood that you agree to comply with the protocols we establish to prevent the spread of COVID. CUPE Reserves the right to deny admittance to, or remove, any attendee who does not follow CUPE pandemic protocols that may be in place.

This set of workshops from the Steward Learning Series opens the newer shop steward to a wide range of important skills for representing members. The workshops speak both to the diversity of CUPE’s membership, and to being an effective steward for all members. Participants will learn about dealing with conflict in their local, situations of harassment, the duty of fair representation, basic grievance handling and representing members in front of management. Disability and accommodation in the workplaces will also be considered. CUPE’s new Anti-Racism Strategy (arising from our 2021 National Convention!) will be studied in the context of implementation at the local level.

SLS - Conflict skills for stewards
May 29, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Saskatchewan))

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.

SLS - Creating harassment-free workplaces
May 29, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Saskatchewan)) (9 spaces available)

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

SLS - Disability and ableism in the workplace
May 30, 2023 (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
May 30, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Saskatchewan)) (9 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. NOTE: Please bring your Steward Handbook to the workshop.

SLS - Duty of fair representation
May 31, 2023 (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
May 31, 2023 (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 - Handling discipline and discharge
Jun 1, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (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 - Grievance handling
Jun 1, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (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.

This workshop series is comprised of workshops from our renowned Steward Learning Series, and workshops from the Local Executive Training series. The workshops are centered around the subject of equity, human rights, and leadership. Harassment and tools for confronting harassment through intervention will be taught, as well as tools for considering equity in your local.

SLS - Creating accommodation-friendly workplaces
May 29, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (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.

LET - Duty of Fair Representation
May 29, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Saskatchewan))

Learn about your local's duty to represent the members in your union, the legal requirements of fair representation and how it applies to your collective agreement and other laws covering your workplace.

SLS - Challenging racism in the workplace
May 30, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Saskatchewan))

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

LET - Essentials for Inclusive Unions
May 30, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Saskatchewan))

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?

SLS - Solidarity with Indigenous workers
May 31, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Saskatchewan))

Learn about Canada’s history of colonialism, engage in some myth-busting, and explore ways you can build solidarity with Indigenous workers and support reconciliation in the workplace.

LET - Conflict-Ready Executives
Jun 1, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Saskatchewan))

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

Advanced Grievance Handling
May 29 (9:00am) - June 2, 2023 (11:30am)

This series of workshops has been developed for those who want to bring their shop steward skills to a more advanced level. Participants will develop the analytical skills necessary to write grievances through their own critical readings of grievance files. Individual work, in tandem with our National Representative facilitators, will let those taking this course look at their own grievance work with more insightful and capable eyes. The special skills and vocabulary of representing members in need of accommodation will be studied on day three of this school, with an in-depth look at files and scenarios; and, finally, the grievance meeting itself (its preparation, arguments, and structure) will be examined and prepared for.

The Occupational Health and Safety stream of our summer school is for OHS-experienced unionists and those new to the work. Our nine-hour intro class is combined with five important shorter workshops that will bring participants up to speed on issues affecting our workplaces and the safety of our members.

Apr 25, 2023

Hawood Inn
851 Lakeview Drive
Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan


Please note that these workshops 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

Thanks for your interest in CUPE’s Union Education Program 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.

Kim Draeger