CUPW’s Union Education Program (UEP) is a three-week residential program that develops your knowledge and leadership skills. This intensive and enriching experience will take place this fall.
The goal of the Union Education Program is to increase your understanding of the world, social and political issues, and our union — thereby developing our base of socially conscious, well-informed activists.
Facilitating is done by CUPW members. There will also be guest speakers, videos and reading assignments. Facilitators use participatory learning techniques to encourage class discussion. These techniques also bring your personal and union experience into play.
Subject areas explored at the UEP include:
The Union Education Program is given at the Unifor Education Centre in Port Elgin, about 220 kilometres northwest of Toronto. It is an excellent education centre in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Huron.
The dates of the 2018 Union Education Program are as follows:
* Week 1 combines an orientation session and the first week of the program. It is longer than Weeks 2 and 3.
The education program may happen in pleasant surroundings but it’s no holiday! The schedule includes classroom and plenary sessions during the day and on some evenings. There are also group assignments to be worked on outside of class.
All members in good standing are eligible to attend the UEP. However, preferred candidates are members who are active in the union and have attended CUPW educationals. Other relevant criteria include membership in an equity-seeking group and activist experience outside.
The Union Education Fund pays the following costs for participants:
Applications must be received - by no later than June 1, 2018 to:
2nd National Vice-President
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
377 Bank Street
If you applied before, you will have to re-apply. The same deadline applies.
Talk to members of your local executive or other activists. They may know graduates of the UEP program you can connect with.
Through the Union Education Program, together with the different skills-building courses and the regional seminars, we are building and informing our leadership. This is the key to our future.