UPDATE (Oct 8/20) – MPP Redesign Information Webinars have been announced. If you are interested then please sign up here.

UPDATE (Sep 29/20) – CUPE BC is still working on delivering workshops virtually. If you are interested in virtually attending a stewarding workshop or to learn more about the bargaining process, then please let us know.

There are webinars being hosted by our Municipal Pension Plan during the month of October. 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.

UPDATE (June 16/20) – CUPE BC is currently working on several workshops that may be delivered via Zoom or Skype for Business. Stay tuned!

In an effort to do our part to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of members and staff, we are cancelling all Union Education workshops and weeklong schools until June 30. We know that you were looking forward to these workshops and schools and we share your disappointment, but we also know you will understand our decision, which was taken with your health and safety in mind.

Stay positive, and stay safe everyone!

To see the list of workshops currently being offered – CLICK HERE

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.