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3 hours
Bargaining Program
This module can be added to other parts of the Bargaining Education Program. It covers the legal framework for collective bargaining and where we get our power as a union.
3 hours
Bargaining Program
Bargaining notes are critical – during bargaining and when new language is being implemented after bargaining has ended. Learn how to read the room, understand body language, take good notes, and store notes after bargaining.

NOTE: This workshop is for bargaining committee members.
3 hours
Bargaining Program
In this workshop, picket captains learn about:
• the issues in dispute;
• the strike plan;
• their responsibilities;
• how to manage situations that might come up on the picket line.

NOTE: This workshop is for picket captains.
3 hours
Bargaining Program
In this workshop, participants learn:
• how to develop and use a bargaining survey in a way that is effective and strategic;
• how to word questions clearly;
• effective ways to circulate a survey and collect and analyze results;
• how to use a survey to develop proposals;
• how to use survey results to support the union’s arguments at the bargaining table.

NOTE: This workshop is for the local executive or bargaining committee (whoever handles the bargaining survey).
3 hours
Bullying hurts everyone. As union members, we have a role to play in combating workplace bullying.
Come and talk about:
• what bullying is;
• how bullying hurts everyone;
• how not to be a bystander;
• how the union can make a difference.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
Learn how to identify root causes of workplace incidents, injuries, and diseases, common routes of entry of toxic substances, and your role in the investigation process.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
Championing equality in the workplace and the union is a vital role of health and safety activists. But what does it really mean to act as a good ally? In this workshop, we will explore what oppression looks like in a health and safety context, and look at ways to reduce personal bias, challenge oppression, and act in solidarity with members from marginalized and equity-seeking groups.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
This module looks at the musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace, such as strains or carpal tunnel syndrome, the risk factors, and the employers’ obligations to prevent these types of injuries.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
In this module, you will learn techniques for identifying hazards, such as body maps, surveys and inspections. You will also develop a methodology for dealing with the hazards you find.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
This module covers the basic origins of health and safety law, how to find, read and interpret relevant section of law and highlights some of the more important aspects of the specific health and safety law that applies to you.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
This module explores the structure, role and function of health and safety committees, their strengths and limitations, and how they can best work within the legislative framework, and within our union.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
Health and safety standards are starkly different around the world. Trade deals signed by our government not only keep workers in other countries down, but can also hurt Canadian workers. This module examines a few of the socioeconomic and political realities of the global workforce to illustrate how poor health and safety laws around the world make it harder for us to bring positive change to workers in Canada.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
New forms of work, job insecurity, work intensification, high demands, violence and a resulting poor work-life balance are resulting in psychosocial and mental health problems in CUPE workplaces. This module focuses on the workplace as the cause of mental health issues, and not the individual. Discuss strategies and actions that actually help make workplaces psychologically healthier and safer.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
This module examines the risk factors that lead to violence in the workplace, and the employer’s obligations to prevent workers from being exposed to and injured by violence while at work. We examine relevant health and safety law, and start to develop strategies to make our workplaces safer.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
This module looks at the impact of the physical and social work environment on women’s health, and ways to influence research, policy and practice to reduce the health disparities related to gender.
3 hours
Health & Safety Learning Series
As employers pull back resources, they expect workers to do more with less. This module will examine workload, the cause and effects of overwork, and strategies to overcome the ever increasing workload that is damaging not just our health at work, but the relationship we have outside of work.
3 hours
Local Executive Training
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
3 hours
Local Executive Training
Learn about where stewards get their authority in the workplace, the duty of fair representation, and other labour laws that cover the workplace.
3 hours
Local Executive Training
In this workshop, executive teams explore power and responsibility that comes with it, how we work in teams and how to balance our leadership styles to engage the membership and work effectively across diversity.
3 hours
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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.
3 hours
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This workshop covers what racism looks like in the workplace, and your role as a steward in challenging it.
3 hours
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Reflect on sexism and its social and economic impact. Learn ways to challenge sexism in the workplace and protect members’ rights.
3 hours
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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.
3 hours
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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.
3 hours
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Learn how to recognize harassment, educate members about harassment, and represent members who are involved in harassment complaints.
3 hours
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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.
3 hours
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Learn about where stewards get their authority in the workplace, the duty of fair representation, and other labour laws that cover the workplace.
3 hours
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How will greening our workplaces impact workers? What does a green workplace look like? What action can we take to address environmental issues? Explore answers to these questions and more, from a steward’s perspective.
3 hours
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Share tips and successful practices with other stewards, and learn strategies for handling difficult grievances.
3 hours
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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.
3 hours
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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.
3 hours
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This module is an opportunity for stewards to learn more about current issues.
3 hours
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Literacy affects all of us at work. Learning new computer programs, understanding collective agreements, completing forms, or writing reports can all pose barriers for our members. Learn about how stewards can increase literacy awareness, and help make the union inclusive and accessible to members.
3 hours
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Practice coaching members who are in conflict with other members, and work with a four-step approach to basic mediation.
3 hours
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Why do I have to take notes? What kind of notes should I take? Are my notes private? Learn answers to important questions like these, and practice notetaking.
3 hours
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We keep hearing that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. How do these trends impact our lives as workers and union members? What is needed from us as stewards in these times of growing economic inequality?
3 hours
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What is a psychologically healthy and safe workplace? Learn to identify the psychological hazards in a workplace, and the role of the steward in eliminating psychological hazards.
3 hours
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Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia play out in our workplaces, locals, and communities. Learn how to challenge these kinds of discrimination, and respectfully represent gender and sexually diverse members in your workplace.
3 hours
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This module equips stewards to be proactive when meeting with management. Learn tips for effective meetings, and build confidence by practicing meeting situations.

3 hours
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Learn about Canada’s history of colonialism, engage in some myth-busting, and explore ways that stewards can build solidarity with Indigenous workers and support reconciliation in the workplace.
3 hours
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Stewards need to work with health and safety activists to ensure the workplace is healthy and safe for members. Learn about health and safety rights, and how stewards can support this important area of union work.

3 hours
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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.
3 hours
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Explore the steward’s role in supporting and representing members dealing with mental health issues. Learn how to challenge stigma, and how to approach a conversation with a member about a possible mental health issue.
3 hours
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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.
3 hours
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Learn about the different steps in the bargaining process, the responsibilities of different activists throughout bargaining, and the role during bargaining.

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