Welcome! Our union offers education and training courses to better equip our members, activists and leadership with the knowledge and skills you need to make our workplaces safer and fairer, our communities stronger and our union even better.

Courses range from 30-minutes to 5 days in length. We offer on-line courses you can take independently or with an instructor. Our in-person courses are offered in regions across the country as well as at our very own Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario.

Whether you’re interested in health and safety, collective bargaining, human rights, the environment, or any of the other topics we offer, we’re looking forward to working with you!

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Mental Health Matters ONLINE

August 4 All day

This course will be hosted online. This is an important program for union representatives and local union officers who want to learn how to support and represent members who are living with mental illness, including addiction. The program will provide a foundation to better understand mental illness and will engage participants in how to effectively refer members to appropriate services. Participants will learn about the duty to accommodate as it applies to workers with mental illness, including dependency issues, and the rights and duties that apply to the employer, the union, and the individual worker. We will look where improvements can be made to collective agreement language to support members when they are at their most vulnerable and discuss ways in which to shift from a culture of fear and avoidance to a culture of empathy and true solidarity in our workplaces. We will tackle issues that are complex and often uncomfortable, but this program aims to navigate participants through this tough topic and supply the tools required for their role in the union. This e-learning course is offered in ‘real time’ with Discussion Leaders and participants engaging in a mix of on-line and off-line materials throughout the day.  Course requirements: a computer equipped with a web camera (webcam) as well as a microphone and speakers (or headphones), and a stable internet connection. A tablet (e.g., iPad) can also be used, but is not ideal. It will not be possible to join the course by phone.  Please Note: If you require time off work (Leave of Absence) to participate in this course, do not register until you have the approval of your Local Union. Duration: 1 Day Prerequisites: None


August 4, 2021
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