Nowhere in the education system do you learn the things you need to know to be a good trade unionist. That's why our School is so important to all CUPE locals.
It's an opportunity to create activists at every level, from front line worker, to stewards to elected leaders. Think how much stronger your local will be with well-trained activists who can help members on a variety of issues—from health and safety to injured workers, benefits and pension plans to job evaluations, from equality issues and how to deal with harassment to empowering youth and women to speak up and play a greater role in your organization.
CUPE Ontario school—it's a really effective investment in your members. So volunteer your time to attend a CUPE educational event today! There are many schools coming up, including a February School in Toronto. Our recording secretary, Katy Brennan, attended Fall School in Toronto called 'Women Breaking Barriers' and this is what she had to say:
In early November I had the opportunity of attending Fall Cupe School in Toronto. I took an amazing course called Women Breaking Barriers which focused on women's issues in the workplace. It was a really inspiring and empowering course and I feel like I have a better understanding of the issues that women face at work. Coming from a work environment where the majority of the employees are female, I felt this would be an interesting course to take. I look forward to sitting on our Women's Committee sometime in the New Year.