2019 CUPE Atlantic Weeklong School

October 27 to November 1

This is a school for activists new and old, who want to take-on austerity, tackle #metoo, and strengthen their bargaining power. Grow your local’s ability to mobilize, learn how to be an effective leader, stop harassment and gendered violence in the workplace.

See workshop descriptions below.

Registration deadline: September 23, 2019

Fees deadline: October 4, 2019

Hotel rooms: $1,000 – double occupancy, $1,300 – single occupancy


The Wilds Resort
299 Salmonier Line
Holyrood, NL A0A 2R0
Telephone: 709-229-5444
Website: thewilds.ca

Mail payment to:

Please make cheque payable to CUPE.

2019 Atlantic Region Weeklong School
CUPE Atlantic Regional Office
271 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W6

Who can attend?

The school is open to all CUPE members.

Please register online at cupe.ca/union-education.

Class sizes will be limited to approximately 15-20 participants. Participants will be registered on a first-come, first-choice basis.

General information

All participants are expected to attend the opening and closing plenary.

We suggest that participants time their arrival on Sunday, October 27, between 3 pm and 4:30 p.m.

Registration for the 2019 Atlantic Region Weeklong School begins at 4:30 p.m.


Accommodation will be assigned on a first-come basis. We have double and single occupancy hotel rooms booked for participant use. Please indicate your preference on the registration form.


Please note on the registration form any special dietary needs you have. The registration fee includes all meals, accommodations and workshops. All meals will be provided at The Wilds.

Code of Conduct

All participants are advised that a high standard of trade union behaviour is expected of them. All forms of harassment are unacceptable. Incidents will be dealt with in a fair and quick fashion and in accordance with the CUPE Code of Conduct. The CUPE education representative has the right to send participants home without refund for inappropriate behaviour.


Facilitators and participants are asked to refrain from using scented products while attending our workshops and meetings.


Please select one program.

Program 1: Combatting harassment, bullying, and violence in the workplace and the union 

All workers have a right to respect at work. Employers have a legal obligation to maintain safe and respectful workplaces. Everyone can participate to create a healthy environment – at work and in the union.

Combatting harassment, bullying and violence at work and in the union will help us to:

  • Define respect at work
  • Recognize harassment, bullying and violence
  • Identify the impact
  • Know how to get support and file complaints
  • Exercise the power of our collective agreements, policies and procedures and the law
  • Feel empowered to stop and prevent it

Please bring…

  • A copy of your employer’s harassment/respectful workplace policy/procedures/program, if it exists

Program 2: Leadership essentials, essentials for inclusive unions, by-law essentials and parliamentary procedures 

Who am I as a leader? Who are we as a local union? How do we fit into the broader movement? Learn how to use the power of your elected position to build power and strengthen solidarity in the union, in the labour movement and in our communities.

Good bylaws are an essential component of a well-functioning local. In this workshop, participants will learn the principals of good bylaws and how to make sure the bylaws are in compliance with CUPE’s national constitution. We’ll also look at how clear language bylaws help our members get involved in the work of the union.

And, acquire the nitty-gritty of parliamentary procedures: the rules of order when chairing union meetings. Learn about the role of the chair and the different elements (motions, amendments, points of order, etc.). Get a chance to put the learning into practice.

Program 3: Bargaining solidarity

This workshop uses an intensive roleplay to help union activists develop the skills they need to build and maintain solidarity throughout the bargaining process.

Discussions include analyzing internal and external forces that influence collective bargaining, identifying effective strategies and tactics for engaging members, and thinking about ways to reach marginalized members.

Please bring…

  • A copy of your collective agreement
  • A raincoat, umbrella, and a heavy sweater or jacket
  • Personal sports gear i.e. hiking boots
  • If you play a musical instrument please bring it!

Mike McNeil Weeklong School Scholarship

The CUPE Nova Scotia Mike McNeil Weeklong School Scholarship is awarded by CUPE Nova Scotia annually. The scholarship will cover the cost of the registration fee for a single room for the purpose of attending the CUPE Atlantic Weeklong School.


Nova Scotian CUPE union locals may submit the name of a member for this scholarship. The member must be in good standing with their local and the submitting local must be affiliated to CUPE Nova Scotia. Preference will be given to a local and member who has not previously received a scholarship for the weeklong school, and who would otherwise be unable to send a member to the weeklong school due to finances.


The decisions of the CUPE Nova Scotia Awards Committee will be final. CUPE Nova Scotia assumes no responsibility for applications or supporting documents lost, misdirected, or otherwise not received by the deadline. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to ensure that the application is made correctly, legibly and in a timely manner. Late submissions will not be considered.


Member data is highly confidential and must be treated as such. CUPE Nova Scotia will always keep confidential the affairs of the membership. The names of the successful applicant may be published in official publications and/or the web site of CUPE Nova Scotia.

Applications must be received no later than the revised date of September 23 and sent to:

CUPE Nova Scotia Awards Committee
271 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W6
Fax: 902-455-5915

All inquiries regarding the scholarship should be directed to:

Dianne Frittenburg
CUPE Nova Scotia Award Committee Chair

Download a printable copy of the 2019 Weeklong School brochure and scholarship application form.