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CUPE Union Education is now offering both online and in-person workshops. Check the CUPE Education Workshop Calendar to see what’s available!

Note: Our online workshops are held on Zoom and are available to CUPE members from coast to coast to coast. You are welcome to register for any online workshop, in any province, unless otherwise indicated.

How to use CUPE’s workshop calendar

Our online workshop calendar has several features that you can use to make sure that you’re finding workshops that are useful for you.

Some links to this calendar already sort the workshops by province. (If this is the case, you’ll see the province name in the page title.) Otherwise, you can narrow down using the choices on the left-hand side of the page to only show workshops in a specific province.

1. Search by workshop name
To search for a specific workshop name, enter key words from the workshop name in the search box on the left-hand side of the page.

2. Search by date
Find workshops offered in a specific month by choosing that month.

3. Search by province

You are free to register for online workshops in other provinces - just remember to be mindful of time zone changes.

Some links to this calendar already sort the workshops by province. (If this is the case, you’ll see the province name in the page title.) Otherwise, you can narrow down using the choices on the left-hand side of the page to only show workshops in a specific province.

If you are looking for a list of all workshops offered by CUPE, please visit our workshop catalog.

Feb 1, 2023 | The Holiday Inn, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario | English
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.
Feb 2, 2023 | The Holiday Inn, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario | English
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.
Feb 2, 2023 | Online, Pan Canadian | English
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.
Feb 2, 2023 | CUPE Saskatchewan Regional Office, Regina, Saskatchewan | English
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. 
Feb 2, 2023 | Online, British Columbia | English
9:00 am - 12:00 pm (PACIFIC)
Introduction to Stewarding - Part 1 (OLS)

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (PACIFIC)
Introduction to Stewarding - Part 2 (OLS)
February 2 - 3, 2023 | Kelowna, British Columbia | English
It’s never too early to start planning for your retirement. Learn about government and workplace pensions and leave with some good tools to help you prepare financially and psychologically.

NOTE: This workshop does not provide specific or personal financial advice.

You will cover the following:

Choosing your best pension option
Life stages around retirement
Retirement Checklist
Retirement application process
Income and expense worksheets
Implications of returning to work
Each participant will receive a handbook to take home.

Please bring a calculator and your most current pension statement.

Feb 3, 2023 | CUPE Saskatchewan Regional Office, Regina, Saskatchewan | English
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.
Feb 3, 2023 | Delta Waterfront Hotel, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario | English
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.
Feb 4, 2023 | Best Western Plus, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia | English
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.
Feb 5, 2023 | Best Western Plus, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia | English
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.
Feb 6, 2023 | CUPE Local 23, Burnaby, British Columbia | English
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
Feb 7, 2023 | ONLINE, Alberta | English
There is an important election coming up! The outcome of every election will have an impact on workers, public services and equality rights.
Learn more about how elections work, explore current issues and how to get involved...a little or a lot!
We can make a difference!
Feb 7, 2023 | Online, Online, Ontario | English
This 2-part online workshop serves as an introduction into the world of health and safety and explores different basic concepts such as the:
• identification of hazards;
• hierarchy of controls;
• basic role of health and safety committees;
• basics on the right to refuse.

NOTE: Completion of this workshop is required to register for Part Two.
Feb 7, 2023 | Online, Nova Scotia | English
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 online workshop is for you!

Note: This is Part 2 of Introduction to Stewarding. Part 1 is a pre-requisite to this course.
Feb 8, 2023 | Online, Online, Ontario | English
This 2-part online workshop serves as an introduction into the world of health and safety and explores different basic concepts such as the:
• identification of hazards;
• hierarchy of controls;
• basic role of health and safety committees;
• basics on the right to refuse.

NOTE: Completion of Part One is required to attend this workshop. Once both parts are complete, you will have fulfilled the pre-requisite to register for all other workshops in the Health and Safety Learning Series.
Feb 8, 2023 | ONLINE, Alberta | English
In the summer of 2020, Jason Kenney’s Conservative Government introduced Bill 32. This anti-union legislation erodes the democratic rights of unions to be self-managing and that restricts the way in which a local can use money that is collected from dues. As a Financial Officer, it could mean some significant changes in how you track and report your Local's finances.
Feb 8, 2023 | Online, British Columbia | English
This online workshop covers what racism looks like in our society and in our union, and your role in challenging it.

Participation in this online workshop qualifies for a stamp in the passport for the Stewart Learning Series (SLS) for Challenging Racism in the Workplace.
February 9 - 10, 2023 | , Kelowna, British Columbia | English
This 2 day workshop series is closed to members of CUPE Local 338

Feb 09 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
SLS - Introduction to Stewarding

Feb 10 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
SLS - Duty of Fair Representation

Feb 10 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SLS - Grievance Handling

All times are PACIFIC


Feb 9, 2023 | Online, Online, Ontario | English
This workshop covers:

- Understanding conflict as a regular part of human interaction
- 5 responses to conflict and choosing the right response
- Tips for preventing bias from getting in the way
- Communication skills for informal conflict resolution

(This workshop qualifies for a stamp in the SLS Passport for SLS: Conflict Skills for Stewards.)
Feb 10, 2023 | CUPE Local 37, Calgary, Alberta | English
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.
Feb 11, 2023 | CUPE Local 37, Calgary, Alberta | English
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.

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