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 –

 

ONLINE LEARNING SERIES –

 

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 – 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!

 

AUGUST OFFERINGS –

Challenging Racism (OLS)

Aug 3, 2022 | 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.

 

Introduction to Allyship (OLS)

Aug 10, 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)

Aug 16, 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.

 

SLS – Conflict skills for stewards

Aug 17, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

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.

 

Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 (OLS)

Aug 24, 2022 | Online, 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 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)

Aug 31, 2022 | Online, 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 online workshop is for you!

Note: This is Part 2 of Introduction to Stewarding. Part 1 is a pre-requisite to this course.

 

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.

 

SLS – Notetaking (OLS)

Sep 7, 2022 | Online, British Columbia | English

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.

 

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.

 

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)

 

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

 

LANCASTER HOUSE –

Vancouver Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference

Vancouver • December 13, 2022
TBA

Vancouver Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference

Vancouver • December 14, 2022
TBA

 

BCFED HEALTH AND SAFETY –

 

Save the date: BCFED 60th Convention

We’ll have more details closer to the date — but be sure to circle the week of November 21st on your calendar for the BCFED’s biennial convention!

Date:Monday, November 21, 2022 – 09:00 to Friday, November 25, 2022 – 15:00

Host:BC Federation of Labour