The Labour School is primarily organized by the NAPE Education Committee with the ultimate goal being to provide NAPE activists with the tools they need to effectively represent their fellow brothers and sisters in their workplace.

Applications are open to all members in good standing and selection is made on a province-wide basis with consideration being given to equal regional and gender representation.

Spring 2017 Labour School

June 15 – June 18, 2017

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Dear Brother/Sister:

NAPE will be holding a Labour School on June 15 – 18, 2017 (Thursday to Sunday) inclusive, at the Terra Nova Resort and Golf Community, Port Blandford.

Selection will be made on a Province-wide basis with consideration being given to equal regional and gender representation.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE

Labour School Application 2017

Selection will be made on a Province-wide basis with consideration being given to equal regional and gender representation. Please complete the enclosed application, and forward to NAPE by fax at (709)-754-0726, mail at P.O. Box 8100, St. John’s, NL, AIB 3M9, or email at ebursey@nape.ca or rconnors@nape.ca

Deadline is April 21, 2017

The Education Committee will make selection no later than April 28, 2017. This year the Committee will be compiling a wait list, therefore, if you apply and cannot attend, it is important that you inform us immediately since the Committee will be “backfilling” from the wait list.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation for the School will be provided by charter bus, which will pick up passengers at designated stops along the Trans Canada Highway or you have the option of using your own transportation and mileage will be paid. Buses will be leaving St. John’s and the West Coast on Thursday morning, June 15th, and leaving to return after lunch on Sunday, June 18th.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be on Thursday, June 15th, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the main lobby of the Resort. Please make every attempt to register as early as possible in order to accommodate the evening meal and classroom orientation being held that same evening.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations will be provided to all students (double occupancy).  If you require a single room you must pay half the cost and  let us know as soon as possible as rooms are at a premium.  Accommodations cannot be changed upon arrival at the facility. Should a student choose to arrange other accommodations, the amount payable under the Union’s policy is $25.00 per night plus $10.00 incidental expense.  These amounts will not apply to area residents.  A stipend of $100.00 for out-of-pocket expenses will be awarded to each activist.

TIME OFF

You are expected to arrange your own time off; however, where required, your Union will assist you with any support letter your Employer may request, e.g. date and time of school, proof of attendance, etc.

COURSES

1. Pensions
In 2014 NAPE and other Unions negotiated the removal of the Public Service Plan Pension from the total control of the Provincial Government. Considering the concerted lobby of the business community to have business, municipalities and government across the country move away from defined benefit pension plans, gaining control of the Public Service Pension, in the form of Joint Trusteeship, may be one of the most important accomplishments of NAPE’s history.

Understanding how this major accomplishment was achieved, the reasons behind the Union’s efforts to gain control and how this change impacts members and their pension benefits will be a focal point of this course. This course may be of interest to members of other pension plans who may be faced with employer proposals to change their pension benefits.

The language and concepts surrounding pensions can appear to be technical, but that doesn’t mean you can’t understand it. Your workplace pension plan is but one element of Canada’s retirement income system. How the Canada Pension Plan and how Old Age Security apply to pension considerations and how those public pension plans complement the Public Service Pension Plan, the GMPP or your workplace pension plan is a major part of the course work. Remember, there’s a lot of your money involved and you should know how it benefits you.

The format of the course will include lectures, case studies, class exercises, role playing and course reading material.

2. Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth
This course is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth (aged 14-25). In addition to the four most common disorders discussed in MHFA BASIC, this course includes instruction about eating disorders and deliberate self-injury. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with the young people in their lives, including at schools, extra-curricular activities, social services, family, friends and communities.

International evaluations and feedback have found the following outcomes for participants undertaking an MHFA course:
• increased awareness of signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems;
• decreased stigma related to mental health
• increased confidence interacting with individuals experiencing a mental health problem or crisis;
• increased help actually provided to individuals in crisis or experiencing a mental health problem.
3. Advanced Steward
This course is designed for experienced Stewards and covers issues such as duty to accommodate, dealing with management, harassment, and drug and alcohol situations. The major activity of the course revolves around role playing a 2nd stage and 3rd stage grievance meeting in union and management roles over the course of the week. The cases are based on real grievances. You must have completed Levels I and II Shop Steward training to apply for this course.

4. Collective Bargaining
This course provides an opportunity to analyze union and management tactics at the bargaining table through “mock bargaining” sessions. In addition, there will be sessions on preparations for bargaining, bargaining and the membership, analysis of key contact clauses, and a review of new bargaining developments.

Yours in Unionism,

Betty Goodyear

CHAIRPERSON – NAPE EDUCATION COMMITTEE