Orientation for Local Presidents

Event Date

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 2:00pm

Orientation for Local Presidents this Fall 

OPSEU will be holding two Orientations for Local Presidents in Fall 2019. This is a golden opportunity to hone your skills to lead your local in these challenging times.

The union’s most important work happens at the local level. Local presidents, vice-presidents, stewards and others do the heavy lifting to serve and lead the members of our great union.

The elected local leadership is the face and the voice of OPSEU. How you interact with our members and what you do on their behalf is critically important for their impression of the union, its purpose and its effectiveness.

That’s why we’re offering this valuable course. We want to make sure you have what you need to be the best local presidents you can be. Over three days, you’ll get the tools and knowledge you need to do your jobs. You’ll also learn about OPSEU’s organizational structure and systems, as well as the supports and resources that are available.

You’ll learn strategies to build an involved membership through steward development and contract enforcement, while focusing on health and safety and equity as everyday local issues.

You’ll also learn how to mobilize your local by acquiring effective communication and inclusive leadership skills, exploring local bylaws and developing strategic approaches to deal with employer tactics.

The informal group setting of this workshop will allow you to interact with other local presidents to use and hone the practical leadership skills you’ve acquired.

This is a great opportunity to kick-start your leadership role. The Ford government is a big challenge for us, but we’re up to the job. It’s the work you will do at the grassroots level that will be the difference between success or failure in meeting the challenge of Doug Ford.

Please note that this workshop is restricted to local presidents who have never taken the orientation before. No applications received after Tuesday, July 30, 2019, will be considered.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the OPSEU Member Education Unit at 1-800-268-7376 extension 8299 or email PresidentsOrientation@opseu.org.

Dates and times
Session 1:

Tuesday, September 10 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 11 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 12 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Session 2:

Tuesday, September 17 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 18 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 19 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

PDF icon Invitation from the President307.09 KB
PDF icon Application Package199.96 KB

Event Location

OPSEU Head Office
100 Lesmill Road, North York  M3B 3P8