Region 1 Educational – Weekend Courses

People takin a class and the Education/Formation des Membres logo
Saturday, June 25, 2022
To Sunday, June 26, 2022
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
855 Wellington Road South, London

OPSEU/SEFPO Region 1 is offering the following courses:

Weekend Courses – In-person

Challenging Bullying and Non-Code-Based Harassment in the Workplace
Are bullying and psychological harassment an issue in your workplace? This course will help you recognize the signs of bullying and a toxic workplace. We’ll look at case law and other tools helpful in understanding the impact of workplace bullying. And we’ll strengthen individual and collective capacity to respond to co-workers, and pressure employers to tackle this issue.

Duty to Accommodate 2: Making Accommodation Work
Does your employer balk at providing proper accommodations? Has your employer challenged the medical information the member has provided? Is the employer asking members for independent medical exams? Do you hear grumblings from co-workers about the number of accommodations in the workplace?
Building on the skills and information in the first course, “Duty to Accommodate: A Tool for Inclusive Workplaces”, Making Accommodation Work: Duty to Accommodate 2 examines the challenges of supporting a worker in need of accommodation. This course investigates strategies and skills for gathering information, challenging employer tactics used to prevent accommodations, developing a fair accommodation plan, and communicating with co-workers to build more workplace solidarity.
While the course focuses mainly on the practical aspects of accommodation due to disability, many of the issues such as collective agreement language, attendance management programs, and co-worker resentment apply to accommodation based on sex and family status as well.
Note: Due to the volume of information about Duty to Accommodate, it is strongly advised that participants take “Duty to Accommodate: A Tool for Inclusive Workplaces” before Duty to Accommodate 2.

The Indigenous Journey: Walking Together: Part One
Would you like to learn more about Indigenous peoples? Do you know that the First Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples have differences in their traditions, beliefs, communities, and cultural identities as well as some commonalities?
Through activities, inspired by the teachings and traditions of Indigenous peoples, we will take you through an overview of the lives of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples as well as allow you an opportunity to share in some of their stories.
You will take a journey of examining both historical and current relationships between Indigenous people and governments within Canada and the world today. If you would like to share in the rich history of Indigenous peoples and spend time understanding why being an ally is important, this course will offer that opportunity.

Stewards 1: Making a Difference in the Workplace
This updated version of Stewards 1 includes a more detailed description and history of OPSEU/SEFPO’s equity-seeking groups. The course continues to support stewards through a range of tools and practical activities. The key aims are to strengthen steward skills to orient a new employee to the union, have effective one-on-one conversations with a cross-section of members, develop a communications strategy to enlist diverse member involvement, and develop approaches to everyday workplace problems.
Throughout the course, participants are supported as they develop a profile of their members, clarify the tasks of the steward, find the resources and information in OPSEU/SEFPO, and understand the grievance process and their role in it. Stewards 1 is a prerequisite to Stewards 2 and must be completed before taking Stewards 2.
Participants should bring their collective agreements.

Stewards 3: Dealing with Discipline
This is an advanced-level steward course. It is suggested that participants take Stewards 1 and Stewards 2 prior to signing up for this program. Dealing with Discipline is a skill and a knowledge-focused workshop that will assist union activists in their duties representing members that are facing discipline up to and including dismissal.
The course bridges concepts from Stewards 1 and 2, Basic and Advanced Grievance Handling, and Workplace Investigations. Participants should bring their Collective Agreements to the course.

Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) Health and Safety Training: Level II Law
Level II Law (Provincial) training program will equip participants with an understanding of Health and Safety law and its inadequacies, and enable them to use their legislated rights and develop strategies to press for workplace improvements. Module 1 – Law and the Workplace Module 2 – Occupational Health and Safety Legislation in Ontario Module 3 – How Law is Made and Read Module 4 – Duties of Individuals Under the Act and Regulations Module 5 – Joint Health and Safety Committees Module 6 – Duties of Inspectors, Orders, and Appeals Module 7 – Regulations Module 8 – Changes and Interpretations Module 9 – Other Legislation.

Dates and times:
Saturday June 25, 2022 – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday June 26, 2022 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Registration package:

R1 Educational Package – JUNE 2022 FINAL_

Direct Deposit Form

Weekend-Advance Form

Weekend-HR Accommodation Request Form

Family Attendant Care Claims Form_

Application Deadline: Monday, May 30, 2022 @ 4:30pm
Email completed applications to:

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