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June 26 - 30, 2023

Program 1 workshops OR Program 2 workshops

Hotel Room - double occupancy - $1100
Hotel Room - single occupancy - $1400

Make cheque payable to: CUPE
Mail payment to:
Monette Comeau
CUPE Yarmouth Area Office
1-C Second Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 1T4



Develop leadership skills, learn how to mobilize your membership, understand CUPE’s labour history to have a better sense of planning for a future that is committed to a fairer tomorrow for all its members.

Learn the basics of stewarding, including filing grievances, representing members in front of management and the role capitalism plays in worker’s lives. We will explore how building strong steward networks is part of building workers’ solidarity more broadly.


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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 COVID protocols in place at the time of this event.

LET - CUPE 101 LET - Duty of Fair Representation LET - Mobilizing & Bargaining LET - H & S Human Rights

CUPE 101 / Labour History
Jun 26, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Newfoundland))

Learn how it all began so you can understand the current political moment.

Duty of Fair Representation / Duty to Accommodate / Grievance Handling / What Stewards Need to Know about Arbitrations
Jun 26, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Newfoundland))

Gain an understanding of the legal mechanisms and obligations underpinning your activism.

Team Building / Effective Communication
Jun 27, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Newfoundland))

Members collectively make the Union work; relating and connecting are key.

Mobilizing and Bargaining
Jun 27, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Newfoundland))

Effective negotiations begin with you and your members being ready for collective action.

Health & Safety and Human Rights
Jun 28, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Newfoundland))

Where you might want to begin and why you might want to begin here.

Financial Essentials
Jun 28, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Newfoundland))

Finances are an important political tool - learn how and why.

Resolutions & Parliamentary Procedure
Jun 29, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Newfoundland))

Learn how to administer your Local and shape the politics of CUPE.

LET - Bylaw Essentials
Jun 29, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Newfoundland))

Good bylaws are an essential component of a well-functioning local. In this workshop, you will learn the principles of good bylaws and how to make sure they are in compliance with CUPE's national constitution. We'll also look at how clear language bylaws help our members get involved in the work of the union. NOTE: Please bring your local bylaws to the workshop.

Anti-Harassment and Bystander Training
Jun 30, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Newfoundland))

When we are disrespected in our union, or when harm, harassment, and discrimination happen we are unsafe. We would not accept it from our supervisors and managers at work, and it is not ok in our union space. When we witness others being harmed, oppressed or injured, we can intervene in safe and effective ways before, during, or after a harassing or violent situation. In this 3-hour workshop, learn and practice how to intervene.

SLS - Introduction to Stewarding SLS Conflict skills for Stewards

Introduction to Stewarding
Jun 26, 2023 (9:00am-4:00pm (Newfoundland))

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: Please bring a copy of your collective agreement to the workshop.

SLS - Representing members in front of management
Jun 27, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Newfoundland))

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

SLS - Conflict skills for stewards
Jun 27, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Newfoundland))

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 - What stewards need to know about pensions (OLS)
Jun 28, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Newfoundland))

In this online workshop, participants will learn about public pensions and about the different types of workplace pension plans. They will also explore the different roles they, as Stewards, can play to support and accompany members in understanding and protecting their pension.

Global People Power: Building worker solidarity in a global economy
Jun 28, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Newfoundland))

This workshop explains the role that capitalism plays in workers’ lives, and examines the links between local and global issues. We will explore how building solidarity with workers in other countries makes the labour movement stronger in Canada and around the world.

SLS - Taking on privatization
Jun 29, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Newfoundland))

Learn about different forms of privatization in CUPE workplaces, how it impacts our members, services, and the public, and what stewards can do about it.

SLS - Creating harassment-free workplaces
Jun 29, 2023 (1:00pm-4:00pm (Newfoundland))

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

SLS - Growing our mobilizing power
Jun 30, 2023 (9:00am-12:00pm (Newfoundland))

Stewards can play a key role when the union needs to mobilize our members – whether it’s to support the bargaining committee, or stop the employer’s attempt to contract out our work. Learn basic mobilization theory and explore how stewards can tackle workplace problems in ways that engage more members and build the union’s power.

May 19, 2023

The Wilds Resort
299 Salmonier Line
Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador


There is significant demand for our workshops. If you need to cancel your registration, please email as soon as possible.

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.

Monette Comeau