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Since my last report, continuing staff training sessions have taken place in the Ontario, Atlantic and Maritimes regions.

The Ontario staff training was held in two sessions in June. Courses included advanced internet research, alternative dispute resolution, bargaining and costing benefits, basic arbitration, collaborative conflict resolution, computers, dealing with difficult people, duty of fair representation, duty to accommodate, effective legal communications, and the Employment Standards Act overtime implications.

Joint Atlantic and Maritimes staff training took place in mid-June, with 30 staff members taking part. Courses included: collaborative conflict resolution, mediation with difficult people, stress management, financial planning, computers, Quick Law, return to work programs and Workers Compensation Board impact, and major trends in labour law.
A detailed follow-up session on human rights and cultural awareness was very well

While the staff training sessions were well received, several issues need to be addressed within the Joint CSU Staff Development Committee to ensure sessions meet the needs of participants and are cost-effective.

The Manitoba training session was rescheduled because of the possibility of a health care workers strike. Alberta training is scheduled for mid-November. Topics chosen to date include: duty to accommodate and disability management, and costing privatization and competitive bidding.

Many regions have made it a priority to include equity seeking issues in their training agenda this year, in line with the Union Education policy paper adopted at the last National Convention. Other regions are including workshops to respond to the Taking Back Our Communities policy paper.