OPSEU/SEFPO Region 1 – Weekend Courses – In-Person (October 1 – October 2, 2022)

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OPSEU/SEFPO Region 1 is offering the following courses:

Weekend Courses – In-Person

Date(s) and Time(s):

Saturday, October 1st, 2022 – 9:00am-4:30pm

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 – 9:00am-1:00pm


Cross-Cultural Communication at Work: A Union Perspective

Course Description: In our workplaces, unions, and communities, we experience daily interactions with diverse groups including co-workers, and our union sisters and brothers. There are moments when these interactions lead to miscommunication, and misunderstanding about cultural expressions and social cues. In order to work through some of these communication challenges, an introductory course, Cross-Cultural Communication has been designed. Participants will work through case scenarios to develop strategies designed to improve their cross-cultural communication.

Duty to Accommodate 2: Making Accommodation Work

Course Description: 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 an 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, co-worker resentment apply to accommodation based on sex and family status as well.

Stewards 2: Facing the Employer & Building Member Involvement

Course Description: This revised follow-up to Stewards 1 focuses on investigating and writing a grievance, facing management, and involving members in worksite action. Participants will use their own collective agreements to identify grievances. They will become immersed in an evolving case study in order to interview a grievor, write up a grievance, face the employer at a step 1 and make a presentation on safety issues to the union side of the Joint Health and Safety Committee. They will examine the elements of effective mobilization and develop a campaign strategy for a local. Participants should bring their collective agreements.

The Indigenous Journey: Part Two

Course Description: As a follow-up to the Indigenous Journey: Walking Together course, the Indigenous Journey 2, explores the relationship between Indigenous peoples and white settlers. This unique course will examine the relationship from settler contact to today through the lens of Indigenous people.

*Saturday, October 1 there will be a 7:00am Smudging.

Registration Package:

R1 Educational Package (Call-out, Registration & Childcare form): R1 EDUCATIONAL PACKAGE

Direct Deposit Form: Direct-Deposit-Form-1

Advance Form: Weekend-Advance-Form

HR Accommodation Form: Weekend HR Accommodation Request Form

Family/Attendant Care Form: Family Attendant Care Form