The Prairie/NWT Regional Training Committee is very pleased to announce that the 2021 Regional Labour School will take place from May 12 to 26, 2021 via Zoom.

The Labour School offers specialized modules once a year to all stewards who have completed Basic Steward Training.

The following three courses will be offered:

  • Course 1: Collective Agreement Interpretation

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 1:00pm – 3:30pm MST

This course will walk stewards through the fundamentals of understanding, interpreting and applying Collective Agreements, with interactive discussion and practical application. The basic principles of a Collective Agreement will be addressed and we'll reflect on the bargaining work done to achieve these shared rights through group discussion. We'll explore how to best leverage these rights for better outcomes and the steward role in that framework. Identify key principles in human rights accommodations in the workplace under the Canadian Human Rights Act and provincial and territorial human rights laws.

  • Course 2: Grievance Handling

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 1:00pm – 3:30pm MST

This course will explore handling grievances in a way that best supports positive outcomes for our members, particularly through the lens of pandemic based work arrangements. We will work through key cases to learn how stewards play a role in setting up a grievance and supporting the member through to conclusion, in collaboration with the Regional Office. We will also touch on available dispute resolution processes and discuss these valuable tools.

*It is strongly recommended that new or less experienced stewards also take Course 1 when registering for Course 2.


  • Course 3: Member Well-being: An Exploration of Available Supports

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 1:00pm – 3:30pm MST

This interactive course will explore a variety of resources that are available to assist members who may be struggling and or have a general desire to enhance their overall wellness.  Participants will have an opportunity to engage in activities that raise awareness and promote the services of programs like; EAP, Informal Conflict Management Services, Extended Health Benefits, various wellness/mental health apps, and community-based supports.  This session will also include a discussion on the methods stewards can use to share support resources with members in the most respectful manner possible.

A representative from the federal EAP will be giving a presentation on the online benefits and the new LifeApp product that public servants are eligible to access.

Applications are required no later than Thursday, April 29, 2021.  Applications will not be accepted by fax or telephone.

Please click here to apply for Course 1:

Please click here to apply for Course 2:

Please click here to apply for Course 3:

As the Labour School is limited to twenty five (25) participants (per Course), a selection criteria has been established and will be applied when reviewing the applications.

Once your application has been received and reviewed, you will be sent an email advising whether you have been selected or not selected to take this training. If you are not selected you will be placed on a waiting list and may be contacted before the course starts to attend in the situation of a cancellation.


Compensatory salary of 2.5 hours will be available for participants in accordance with the Policy on Financial Support for Member Participation - (BOD - 26Jul19).docx - Google Docs  If due to your work circumstances you need more than 2.5 hours to participate, please contact Nancy McCune at

If you have any questions regarding the Labour School and the registration process, please contact the Office Administrator at .

We look forward to virtually meeting and working with you.




Nancy McCune

Director, Prairie/NWT Region


Kris Hawkins  

Regional Manager, Prairie/NWT Region