The Wilds Resort

2019 CUPE Atlantic Weeklong School


October 27, 2019 – November 1, 2019 all-day
The Wilds Resort
299 Salmonier Line
Holyrood, NL A0A 2R0
2019 CUPE Atlantic Weeklong School @ The Wilds Resort | Holyrood | Newfoundland and Labrador | Canada

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
Telephone: 709-229-5444

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

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!

CUPE Newfoundland Labrador Scholarship

CUPE Newfoundland & Labrador is offering one $1200.00 scholarship to local unions who wish to send a member to the 2019 Atlantic Region Weeklong School. This scholarship is offered to locals with a small membership who would not normally send a participant due to costs involved in sending a brother or sister to the summer school.

To be eligible, locals must be affiliated with CUPE Newfoundland Labrador and cannot be past recipients.

Letters of application for the CUPE Newfoundland Labrador Scholarship should be submitted through your local union executive, no later than September 23, 2019, and faxed to the CUPE Atlantic Regional office.

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