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.



NAPE LABOUR SCHOOL – April 15 – 19, 2020

NAPE will be holding a Labour School on April 15 to 19, 2020 (Wednesday to Sunday) inclusive, at The Wilds Resort, Salmonier Line

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

Please complete the online application here:

Please contact Rose Connors by phone at 1-800-563-4442 or by email at to register offline.

The deadline for applications is: March 6, 2020.

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 waitlist.

Registration will be on Wednesday, April 15, 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 $130.00 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.

Attendees are required to attend all sessions and are encouraged to stay on-site

The following courses are being tentatively scheduled for the 2020 School and will be offered, depending on the choices of the applicants.

Collective Bargaining

Collective Bargaining is a unique species of negotiation which demands certain knowledge and skills.  Collective Bargaining isn’t easy and often isn’t fast … but it works.  In this moderately intensive three day course, you will learn from experienced negotiators and various guest speakers the strategies, tactics and manoeuvers to help you optimize the outcome of contract negotiations.

If you have an interest in Collective Bargaining, elected to a negotiating team or considering becoming a negotiating team member, this course may be for you!

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.

Facing Management Effectively

This course will look at economic, political, social forces at play between union and management. It will examine the roles and rights of each group and the different types of union/management relationships and styles. We will look at the power, bias, and privilege dynamics between union and management and how we can communicate effectively. We will focus on problem-solving – understanding issues, developing strategies, finding and presenting facts and arguments, finding areas of agreement, building solutions, implementing and maintaining solutions. Participants can expect lots of participation, interaction, and role-plays along with practical skills and tools for communication, analysis, strategy and critical thinking.

  1. Membership Engagement 

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.

Successful applicants will be notified immediately following the selection date.

Yours in Unionism,

Paul Lewis