CLC/SFL Spring School 2023

CLC/SFL Spring School 2023

Labour education builds solidarity and knowledge. It teaches the skills unions need to represent their members and defend their rights using proven methods that allow adults of all backgrounds to learn. If your union wants to train the next generation of local activists or expand the skills that today’s leaders and activists already have, the CLC/SFL Spring School 2023 is here to help your union succeed.


Sunday, April 2 to Thursday, April 6, 2023

Classes are held at Temple Gardens & Spa Hotel  and the Public Library in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Registration Fee
Includes: single-accommodation hotel room, parking, meals, coffee breaks, parking and class material.

To change a registration after it has been submitted please contact the Prairie Region office at , cancellations with a full refund will not provided after March 10, 2023.

  • Hotel rooms will be booked by the CLC, do not contact the hotel. If you have any questions contact the office at or 306-525-6137.
  • Please note that you may be requested to wear a mask at the school. This will be determined closer to the start of the school.

Courses Offered

Labour Law
This course presents an overview of labour legislation and its impact on the strategies and actions of unions. Among the topics to be explored are: certification and dispute settlement procedures, unfair labour practices, the duty to bargain in good faith, strikes, lockouts, picketing, the duty of fair representation, management and union rights and grievance arbitration law. Please bring your laptop/tablet to this course.

This course works on building meaningful, long-term relationships with and among Indigenous peoples inside and outside of our workplaces, with the aim of supporting decolonization and increasing Indigenous peoples’ representation at work and in the union.

Member engagement is designed for experienced shop stewards, local union leaders, and union staff who want to transform how members engage with their union and how their union engages with members. This training is particularly helpful for unions with upcoming contract negotiations, a backlog of unresolved grievances, a particularly disengaged membership, or a diverse membership that is not reflected in local leadership. Each participant will leave the training with a worksite specific plan for creating an engaged and active membership as well as a series of measurable goals to evaluate outcomes.

Putting Workers First
Strengthening our campaign and coordination skills for the 2024 provincial election is vital to building worker power. This course covers the foundations of a successful election campaign ranging from evaluating data to volunteer coordination to crafting a strong local message. The course is designed for members who are interested in supporting progressive candidates in the 2024 provincial or municipal election.

Steward Level 2
This course is for chief stewards, business and assistant business managers, local officers, and stewards with considerable experience handling grievances. You will practice more advanced grievance handling skills using real life case studies and role plays. Participants will discuss discipline grievances, harassment, drug and alcohol issues, and different styles of management. The course will deal with procedures before the process of arbitration. Knowledge of the first stages of the grievance process will be assumed.

Domestic Violence – Facilitator Training
This is a train the trainer course and is only offered to members who have taken the Domestic Violence in the Workplace course. It will help you become more familiar with the issues of domestic violence at work. The course is developed for union and union members, so that they will be able to facilitate the Domestic Violence at the Workplace course to members.

Transforming Conflict into Union Activism
Transforming Conflict into Union Activism approaches conflict in a novel way. It recognizes that conflict isn’t always negative, but that it is the outcome of the conflict that is negative or positive. The course will teach participants how to listen to people involved in a conflict, get to the root causes of a conflict, and how to coach people involved in a conflict to identify shared interests. Participants will learn how to use those shared interests to help people involved in a conflict find solutions and turn the conflict and shared interests into union activism.

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