Education Opportunities

Union Education is the backbone of a strong union. CUPE 951 regularly hosts and offers courses on campus but also sends members to courses and workshops around BC.  If you are interested in the opportunities below contact Nykita Downie  at cupelocal951edc@gmail.com

CUPE EDUCATION

SEPTEMBER OFFERINGS

Introduction to Stewarding

September 6 – 8, 2022 | CUPE Prince George Area Office, Prince George, British Columbia | 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.

BARG – Strike Preparation (OLS)

Sep 9, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

To be effective, a strike needs to be well organized. This online workshop covers the basics of a well-run strike: administration, finance / strike pay, communications and picketing coordination.

NOTE: This workshop is for a local Strike Committee.

BARG – Strike Preparation (OLS)

Sep 9, 2022 | Local 8911, Vancouver, British Columbia | English

To be effective, a strike needs to be well organized. This online workshop covers the basics of a well-run strike: administration, finance / strike pay, communications and picketing coordination.

NOTE: This workshop is for a local Strike Committee.

Introduction to Allyship (OLS)

Sep 14, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

Participants will learn how to build a practice of allyship in their personal lives as well as in their locals, workplaces and communities. Learners will explore definitions, principles and applications of good allyship, and discuss related topics like white supremacy, privilege, comfort zones and strategies for collective action.

BARG – Strike Preparation (OLS)

Sep 14, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

To be effective, a strike needs to be well organized. This online workshop covers the basics of a well-run strike: administration, finance / strike pay, communications and picketing coordination.

NOTE: This workshop is for a local Strike Committee.

Introduction to Stewarding

Sep 15, 2022 | University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia | 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.

BARG – Preparing for Bargaining (OLS)

Sep 15, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

In this online workshop, you will learn about:
• the bargaining process;
• the legal framework for bargaining;
• what to expect on the first day of bargaining;
• bargaining table basics;
• consensus decision-making; and
• staying strategic.

NOTE: This workshop is intended for members of a Bargaining Committee.

BARG – Picket Captain Training

Sep 15, 2022 | Royal Canadian Legion, Victoria, British Columbia | English

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.

BARG – Preparing for a Successful Strike

Sep 20, 2022 | University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia | English

To be effective, a strike needs to be well organized. This workshop covers the four pillars of a well run strike: administration, finance/strike pay, communications and picket schedules.

NOTE: This workshop is for the Strike Committee.

BARG – Preparing for a Successful Strike

Sep 21, 2022 | , Powell River, British Columbia | English

To be effective, a strike needs to be well organized. This workshop covers the four pillars of a well run strike: administration, finance/strike pay, communications and picket schedules.

NOTE: This workshop is for the Strike Committee.

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 & Part 2 (OLS)

Sep 21, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 (OLS) – 9am to 12pm (Pacific)
Introduction to Stewarding – Part 2 (OLS) – 1pm to 4pm (Pacific)

BARG – Preparing for a Successful Strike

Sep 21, 2022 | University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia | English

To be effective, a strike needs to be well organized. This workshop covers the four pillars of a well run strike: administration, finance/strike pay, communications and picket schedules.

NOTE: This workshop is for the Strike Committee.

LET – Leading as a Team

Sep 24, 2022 | Local 441, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia | English

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.

Health & Safety Introduction – Part 1 & Part 2 (OLS)

Sep 28, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

Health & Safety an Introduction – Part 1 (OLS) – 9am to 12pm
Health & Safety an Introduction – Part 2 (OLS) – 1pm to 4pm

OCTOBER OFFERINGS

LET – Leadership Essentials

October 3 – 4, 2022 | Coast Capri Hotel, Kelowna, British Columbia | English

Who am I as a leader? Who are we as a local union? How do we fit into the broader movement? Learn how to use the power of your elected position to build power and strengthen solidarity in the union, in the labour movement and in our communities.

BARG – Preparing for Bargaining & Strike Preparation (OLS)

Oct 4, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

BARG – Preparing for Bargaining – 9am to 12pm (Pacific)
BARG – Strike Preparation – 1pm to 4pm (Pacific)

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 & 2 (OLS)

Oct 12, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 – 9am to 12pm
Introduction to Stewarding – Part 2 – 1pm to 4pm

BARG – Mobilizing for Bargaining (OLS)

Oct 17, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

In this online workshop, locals will learn to assess how well their members are engaged. The session covers building power by mobilizing members to build solidarity and support for the bargaining committee.

NOTE: This workshop is for the Mobilization Committee.

Participants need:
– Pens/markers and paper.
– Membership list

Health and Safety – Introduction – Part 1 & 2 (OLS)

Oct 19, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

Health and Safety – An Introduction (OLS)

Part 1 – 9am to 12pm
Part 2 – 1pm to 4pm

LET – Leading as a Team & Conflict Ready Executives (OLS)

Oct 27, 2022 | Inn at the Quay, New Westminster, British Columbia | English

LET – Leading as a Team – 9am to 12pm Pacific
LET – Conflict Ready Executives – 1pm to 4pm Pacific

FALL 2022 Weeklong School – Nanaimo

October 30 – November 4, 2022 | Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo, British Columbia | English | $1900

On behalf of CUPE Union Education and CUPE BC, thank you for registering to be a part of our FALL 2022 Weeklong School in Nanaimo, BC from Oct 30 to Nov 04.

Hotel check-in and School Registration will open / start at 3:00 pm on Sunday, Oct 30th.
Workshops will run from Mon – Thu 9:00 am to 4:30 pm with breaks during the day and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Accommodation will be at Coast Bastion Hotel, 11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 6E4.

Workshops will be at Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5J8.

CUPE National has a vaccine policy in place and you can read it here: (Click link below)
cupe.ca/covid-vaccine-policy-and-return-work-office

The policy applied 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. It is our expectation that attendees at [school] will be fully vaccinated.

Depending on the state of the of pandemic at the time of our weeklong school, we may require attendees to confirm their vaccination status, rapid test, and mask.

In registering for this event; it is understood that you agree to comply with the protocols we establish to prevent the spread of COVID.

NOVEMBER OFFERINGS

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 (OLS)

Nov 4, 2022 | ONLINE, Pan Canadian | 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: After you have completed this course, remember to sign up for Part 2 to get the Intro to Stewarding stamp in your passport. You will need this to take any of the courses in the Steward Learning Series.

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 2 (OLS)

Nov 4, 2022 | ONLINE, Pan Canadian | 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.

BARG – Mobilizing for Bargaining (OLS)

Nov 7, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

In this online workshop, locals will learn to assess how well their members are engaged. The session covers building power by mobilizing members to build solidarity and support for the bargaining committee.

NOTE: This workshop is for the Mobilization Committee.

Participants need:
– Pens/markers and paper.
– Membership list

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 & 2 (OLS)

Nov 9, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

Introduction to Stewarding – (OLS)

Part 1 – 9am to 12pm
Part 2 – 1pm to 4pm

ONLINE LEARNING SERIES

BARG – Mobilizing for Bargaining (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Bargaining Program

In this online workshop, locals will learn to assess how well their members are engaged. The session covers building power by mobilizing members to build solidarity and support for the bargaining committee.

NOTE: This workshop is for the Mobilization Committee.

Participants need:
– Pens/markers and paper.
– Membership list

BARG – Picket Captain Training (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Bargaining Program

In this online workshop, picket captains will 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.

BARG – Preparing for Bargaining (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Bargaining Program

In this online workshop, you will learn about:
• the bargaining process;
• the legal framework for bargaining;
• what to expect on the first day of bargaining;
• bargaining table basics;
• consensus decision-making; and
• staying strategic.

NOTE: This workshop is intended for members of a Bargaining Committee.

BARG – Role-play (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Bargaining Program

In this online workshop, you will role-play bargaining using the Zoom platform. Your Bargaining Committee will be divided into 2 groups – Employer and Union – and you will role-play the exchange proposals, caucus and practice virtual bargaining with each other.

NOTE: This workshop requires some advance preparation. Materials required will be provided 1 week before the workshop.

BARG – Strike Planning Session (OLS)

3 hours

Bargaining Program, Online Learning Series

In this online session, the local Strike Committee will work with its assigned National Representative to complete its Strike Plan using the CUPE’s Strike Planning Handbook and Strike Planning Tool.

NOTE: This session is intended for a local Strike Committee who has already taken the Strike Preparation (OLS) workshop. However, other local members may be invited to participate in the planning session based on their knowledge/expertise or their intended role in the Administration, Finance, Communications or Picketing Committees.

BARG – Strike Preparation (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Bargaining Program

To be effective, a strike needs to be well organized. This online workshop covers the basics of a well-run strike: administration, finance / strike pay, communications and picketing coordination.

NOTE: This workshop is for a local Strike Committee.

BARG – Team Building (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Bargaining Program

In this online workshop, you will learn about:
– leadership;
– different leadership approaches;
– aligning your leadership styles;
– teamwork;
– conflict; and
– how to handle conflict together.

NOTE: This workshop is intended for members of a local bargaining committee.

Challenging Racism (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Steward Learning Series

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.

Conflict Skills for Union Activists (OLS)

4 hours

Online Learning Series, Steward Learning Series, Conflict Skills

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.)

Duty of Fair Representation (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Steward Learning Series

In this online workshop, you will learn about your local’s duty to represent your members, the legal requirements of fair representation and how it applies to your collective agreement and other laws covering your workplace.

NOTE: Stewards who have completed the Introduction to Stewarding module can receive a stamp in their passport after completing this workshop.

Health and Safety – An Introduction – Part One (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Health & Safety Learning Series

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.

Health and Safety – An Introduction – Part Two (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Health & Safety Learning Series

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.

How to build international solidarity (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series

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.

Introduction to Allyship (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series

Participants will learn how to build a practice of allyship in their personal lives as well as in their locals, workplaces and communities. Learners will explore definitions, principles and applications of good allyship, and discuss related topics like white supremacy, privilege, comfort zones and strategies for collective action.

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Steward Learning Series

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: After you have completed this course, remember to sign up for Part 2 to get the Intro to Stewarding stamp in your passport. You will need this to take any of the courses in the Steward Learning Series.

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 2 (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Steward Learning Series

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.

LET – Bylaw Essentials (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Local Executive Training

Good bylaws are an essential component of a well-functioning local. In this online 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: You will need your local bylaws to participate.

LET – Conflict-Ready Executives (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Local Executive Training , Conflict Skills

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

LET – Leading as a Team (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, 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.

LET – Member Engagement (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Local Executive Training

Learn principles and processes to increase member engagement in your local.

LET – Preventing privatization at work: Protecting public services during the COVID-19 pandemic (OLS)

2 hours

Online Learning Series, Local Executive Training

Learn to recognize the signs that privatization is coming.
Learn how to be prepared.
Strategize and plan to stop privatization at your workplace before it starts.


LET – Secretary-Treasurer Orientation (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Local Executive Training

This online workshop will help newly-elected treasurers learn about the basics of the local union’s finances. You will learn about your duties regarding the finances of the union, keeping the books, and how to be transparent and accountable to members. 

LET – Trustee Orientation (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Local Executive Training

This online workshop will help new trustees understand their role and responsibilities. You will leave the workshop with a better understanding of union finances, financial controls, and financial terms as well as the basics of the trustees’ audit.

LET – Virtual Membership Meetings (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Local Executive Training

This online workshop will prepare you to run a membership meeting online. Learn how to use features in Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms to present reports, move and discuss motions, and vote. The workshop includes a parliamentary procedure refresher and pointers for how to chair a good online meeting.

SLS – Grievance handling (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Steward Learning Series

In this online workshop, you will share tips and successful practices with other stewards, and learn strategies for handling difficult grievances.

SLS – Notetaking (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series, Steward Learning Series

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 in this online workshop.

SLS – What stewards need to know about pensions (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series

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.

Using our Power at Election Time (OLS)

3 hours

Online Learning Series

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!

 

BC FED HEALTH AND SAFETY EDUCATION