Labour Education - Shop Steward and Related Courses
The UFCW Shop Steward schools are designed to empower stewards in their dealings with managers, Reps, and co-workers by helping them understand their Collective Agreements, themselves, and the various tools at their disposal. There are currently two levels of Shop Steward training offered plus various other courses for Stewards and other members to further their skills with (listed below). If you would like to sign up for the one of the courses, please contact our office.
Shop Steward Level I
This course is for new Shop Stewards that have not taken any steward training. You will learn the basic fundamentals of the Shop Steward’s duties and responsibilities, communication and listening skills, about types of grievances, how to identify grievances at your work place and how to properly investigate grievances as well as the structure of UFCW Local 1400 and UFCW Canada.
Shop Steward Level II (newly redesigned!)
This course is a follow up to the Level I Steward training and may be taken any time after one (1) year of the completion of that course. You will learn skills for understanding attitudes, communication, diversity, cultural awareness, self-esteem and leadership, grievance investigation and to understand the inner workings of the workplace setting.
This three day course includes an introduction to Aboriginal Awareness. and not only provides a strong focus on knowing yourself and your fellow members but will also provide a comfortable and supportive environment in which to explore your attitudes, ideas and questions you have about Aboriginal people.
A basic awareness of Aboriginal people’s history and culture will be provided as well as the contemporary issues they are facing today. It will provide factual information, dispel the current myths and misconceptions that surround Aboriginal people today.
The course will create a better understanding of the shared struggles of Aboriginal people and unions. When completed, participants will be able to connect new information and theory to what they already understand and build their capacity to become instruments of change.
Members who have already completed Level II are encouraged to sign up for Meeting of Two Worlds to obtain the additional training included above.
SK Occupational Health & Safety Level I
This is a two day course that examines how ‘Safety begins in the Workplace’. You will learn the responsibilities, requirements and duties as occupational health committee members and those of your employer. You will gain knowledge about provincial legislation, and the regulations covering most workplaces as well as how to identify problems and control workplace hazards and how to handle health and safety concerns in the workplace including the right to refuse unsafe work.
Please note: Preference may be given to members who are currently a Shop Steward and/or a member of your workplace OH&S Committee, however all interested members may apply.
Workplace Violence & Bullying Prevention
In this course, participants will learn about different types of violence that may happen in their workplace and discuss strategies to improve your personal and workplace safety. You will identify and assess possible risks factors in your workplace then develop an action plan to reduce the possibility of a violent incident occurring in your workplace.
This class is open to any member of the Local, and of particular interest for members who are on their workplace Occupational Health & Safety Committee or are Shop Stewards.
Labour Community Advocate Level I (Union Counsellor Level I)
This is a fourday course that trains union members on how to refer their union brothers and sisters to local community services and government programs for help, whatever the problem. The training covers such topics as family violence, drug and alcohol addictions and workplace stress, just to name a few. The program is national in scope and is endorsed by the Canadian Labour Congress, District Labour Councils and the local union. The Union Counselling Program is facilitated by a Labour Associate from the United Way.
Prerequisite: Currently a Shop Steward.
Labour Community Advocate Level II (Union Counsellor Level II)
This next level of Union Counselling gives those with Level I an opportunity to share experiences they have had in the workplace and community. It is a five day course that provides more in-depth information about various social issues union counsellors may encounter. The sessions which may be covered are:
- Review of Level One
- Union Counsellors – At Work and in the Community
- Mental Health
- Harassment and Bullying
- Loss and Grief
- Family Tensions/Work-life Balance
- Union Counsellors as Social and Political Advocates
The Union Counselling Program is facilitated by a Labour Associate from the United Way.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Union Counsellor Level I course.
Meeting of Two Worlds (Aboriginal Awareness Level I)
This two day course is designed for all workers (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) who want to learn more about Aboriginal issues and who want to work in solidarity with their First Nations and Métis Brother and Sisters. The course will provide a comfortable and supportive environment in which to explore your attitudes, ideas and questions.
Historically, relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people have developed along separate and negative experiences. Although advances toward building more positive relationships have occurred in recent years, we need to continue to build awareness and understanding of the historical events that form the basis of the present negative stereo types and racist attitudes.
This course begins the process of providing a basic awareness of Aboriginal people’s history and culture in a positive environment as well as the contemporary issues they are facing today. It will provide factual information, dispel the current myths and misconceptions that surround Aboriginal people and, through analyzing the current political and social Aboriginal experience and learning about the uniqueness of the Aboriginal population, create a better understanding of the shared struggles of Aboriginal people and unions.
When completed, participants will be able to connect new information and theory to what they already understand and build their capacity to become instruments of change.
This two day course is designed to give members who would like to find out more about being on their workplace Negotiation Committee information and tools on this topic. The course will take participants through the bargaining process from the election of the committee, developing and prioritizing proposals, reporting back to their membership, reaching a memorandum of settlement, and preparing and reaching ratification.
This one day course will provide stewards, negotiating committee members and interested members better skills in taking notes. Whether you are creating notes from a workplace meeting, something for yourself or are on a bargaining committee, you will examine for what purpose the notes are needed, who will be reading or using the notes and learn tips, tricks and ways to make your notes more useful, coherent and cohesive.
In this one and a half day course, you will be provided with options and practical tips to achieve your financial goals. The course covers topics such as understanding your pay stub, budgeting and money goals, banking, investment options, building credit, debtload, and consumerism.
Personal Development Courses
Red Cross First Aid. Prepare for Life. TM
Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR/AED "C"
This is a two day course that will certify participants to Standard First Aid & CPR/AED Level "C" for three years from completion of the course. It is a Red Cross course that is also recognized by Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety. A certificate will be issued to successful participants verifying certification for three years from the date of course. Participants will need to pay for this course in advance and book their own time off work.
Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR/AED "C" Recertification
This is a half-day recertification course that, once completed, will recertify participants for a further three years at the First Aid & SPR/AED "C" level of training. You MUST provide proof of current Red Cross certification to the instructor at the start of class (original certificate or photocopy of original only) as well as bring your course manual. Participants will need to pay for this course in advance and book their own time off work.
Red Cross Babysitter Course
This is a two day course for members children and their friends, age 11 and over, who wish to be certified as a Red Cross Babysitter. The course takes place from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm daily with a one hour lunch break.
This course brings together members from different generations and exposes the similarities and differences between them. Generations explored include Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millenials. This course also explores membership demographics and promotes intergenerational communication.