Lunch and Learn Guide

What is a Lunch and Learn Session?

A Lunch and Learn session is a PIPSC-sanctioned activity to communicate information, increase visibility, meet new members or advise PIPSC members on specific topics.

To minimize costs, these sessions are usually held in the workplace, over the lunch hour and, in some instances, right after work as long as there are no costs involved for travel or salary replacement.

Who can organize a Lunch and Learn Session?

Any member, steward or constituent body of PIPSC can organize an event at their worksite or other venue. A lunch and learn could also be suggested by regional staff.

What topics can be discussed at a Lunch and Learn Session?

A lunch and learn session is, by definition, a training or educational opportunity. It is designed to circulate information to the members on a specific topic over a one hour period. Topics can be as varied as:

  • Presentation for new members (PIPSC : An Introduction to Your Union)
  • Information on Pensions
  • Explanation of the PIPSC Web Site
  • Explanation of the provisions of the Work Force Adjustment Policy
  • Familiarization with collective agreement articles
  • Bullying
  • The necessity of stewards in the workplace (steward recruitment drive)

However, the following are examples of events which would be deemed inappropriate as lunch and learn activities:

  • a meeting or AGM of a constituent body
  • any topic of a political nature such as to discuss candidates in a PIPSC election
  • update on collective bargaining

What is the difference between a Lunch and Learn Session and Bargaining Information Session? 

Lunch and Learn sessions are organized by members, stewards or constituent body of PIPSC and are meant to meet new members, communicate information and advise members on specific topics and to increase visibility.  Topics would generally be of interest to members of all bargaining groups.

Information sessions related to bargaining may be organized by the Group and/or Bargaining Teams (in cooperation with Sub Groups) and deal specifically with current Collective Bargaining issues that are group specific (may include demands, progress reports, and information sessions on any tentative agreements).  Bargaining information sessions fall within the purview of Negotiations, and therefore, Regional Training Coordinators should not approve Lunch & Learns addressing bargaining.