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 2016 Labour School

May 5 – May 8, 2016


Dear Brother/Sister:

NAPE will be holding a Labour School on May 5 to May 8 (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 Form

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 , or or

Deadline is April 4, 2016

The Education Committee will make selection no later than April 8, 2016. 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 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, May 5, and leaving to return after lunch on Sunday, May 8.


Registration will be on Thursday, May 5, 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 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.


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.


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. Mobilizing the Membership
This course deals with the very important issue of recruiting and maintaining Local Union activists. Discussions focus on how we entice volunteers in our Locals to become active, and how we keep them active. The course will also briefly examine how we work within the structure of the labour movement to achieve our goals, how we organize campaigns in our Locals, and how we work with other groups outside our Local Unions to get our message out. Participants will spend a little time as well perfecting some of the “tricks” used to prepare ourselves and our message for the public and our members.

3. X, Y or Boomer? Talking Between Generations in the Union
This course will increase your awareness of the needs and realities of the members of different generations in the Union and workplace. It will build your level of comfort and skills for engaging in meaningful cross-generational dialogue. We invite you to explore how the Union might respond to the values of the different generations in our midst, and share perspectives on how Union culture can continue to adapt to meet the needs of each generation. This course requires the participation of both young workers, and workers of other generations who are young at heart in order to run successful.

4. Parliamentary Procedure and Effective Meetings
This course is designed for activists who want to learn about the basic rules or order, order of business, amending motions, point of privilege and some other practical points, as well as learn how to conduct a union meeting. Upon completion, participants will understand the elements of conducting a union meeting that will contribute to an effective local.

Yours in Unionism,

Betty Goodyear