RED DEER — Over 100 CUPE members from across Alberta participated in the 2015 Weeklong School at Red Deer College May 25-29th.
Four workshops were provided this year: Collective Bargaining (facilitated by National Representatives Tony Miotti and Jennifer Chretien), Parliamentary procedures and Public Speaking (facilitated by National Representative Rachna Singh) and two Steward Learning Series courses facilitated by Rodger Oakley, Rosanne Pazuik, Aneen Albus and Stephanie Lustig.
Acting Education Representative Audrey Barr was enthusiastic about this year’s group of students. “It was a fantastic group who were completely engaged in learning to assist their Local members when they finished the week.”
In addition to the work done in class time, students elected class representatives, held 50/50 draws to raise money for a member in need, and of course, socialized. Social events included a lounge night, a truffle making session and the annual BBQ.
“CUPE Education programs like the weeklong school are critical to give our activists the tools we need to represent our members,” said CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts. “They also provide a great chance to meet activists from other locals, compare notes, and develop lasting friendships.”
Barr expressed thanks to CUPE Alberta and Locals 8, 30, 37 and 417 for donations of prizes and gifts for the school. Special guests included CUPE Alberta Secretary-Treasurer Glynnis Leib, CUPE 30 President Mike Scott, CUPE 1445 President Trina Carroll, and Alberta Regional Director Yvonne Fast.
Be sure to block off time for next year’s CUPE Weeklong School!