Click here for a summary of VIRTUAL workshops currently being offered by CUPE National.

June 8, 2022
Here is a list of workshops currently being offered in BC (and still have spots available as of June 8th, 2022). If you are interested in any, then please email us at

Jun 20: BARG – Mobilizing for Bargaining (OLS)

Jun 21: LET – Leading as a Team (OLS)

Jun 22: SLS – Notetaking (OLS)

Jun 23: BARG – Strike Preparation (OLS)

Jun 30: BARG – Strike Preparation (OLS)

Jul 13: Introduction to Stewarding – Part 2 (OLS)

Jul 20: Health and Safety – An Introduction – Part One (OLS)

Jul 27: Health and Safety – An Introduction – Part Two (OLS)

Aug 3: Challenging Racism (OLS)

Aug 10: Introduction to Allyship (OLS)

Aug 17: SLS – Conflict skills for stewards

Aug 24: Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 (OLS)

Aug 31: Introduction to Stewarding – Part 2 (OLS)

Sep 7: SLS – Notetaking (OLS)

Sep 14: Introduction to Allyship (OLS)

Sep 21: Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 & Part 2 (OLS)

Sep 28: Health & Safety Introduction – Part 1 & Part 2 (OLS)

BC Federation Health & Safety Centre offers some great workshops too. Here is a link to check out what they are currently offering!

If you are interested in any, please let us know so we can get you registered! Contact

There are webinars being hosted by our Municipal Pension Plan. Here are the links to register.
MPP Approaching Retirement
MPP Making the Most of Your Pension

If you want to learn more about the changes to our MPP, then click here to watch the video and then try the MPP calculator to see how the changes may affect you.

There are many educational opportunities available to Local 556 members that are provided through CUPE education programs. One of our executive’s goals in “building a strong local” is to develop and support members through successful modes and levels of education.

We encourage every member to learn more about the basics of what unions are, where we came from, what our achievements have been, rights, the grievance procedures and health and safety in the workplace. The Introduction to Stewarding, Labour History, or the Shop Steward Learning Series is great for this.

Other active members may want more, such as bargaining courses, Facing Management, Advanced Shop Stewarding, Note Taking, Parliamentary Procedures, Representing Members at Investigative/Disciplinary Meetings, etc. These are examples of such courses for the members holding positions such as Shop Stewards, Unit Vices, Grievance or Bargaining Committees.

CUPE education programs are offered year round in various locations. The local will reimburse wages and travel expenses (with union and employer approval) for CUPE education workshops.

For more information about workshops:
CUPE Catalogue of Workshops
BC Federation of Labour Health and Safety Training Calendar

If you see a workshop you would like to attend or have any questions, then please contact your shop steward, unit vice or our education coordinator.