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.



Dear brother / sister,

RE: NAPE LABOUR SCHOOL – May 1 – 5, 2019

NAPE will be holding a Labour School on May 1 – 5, 2019 (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 Ettie Bursey by phone at 1-800-563-4442 or by email at to register offline.

The deadline for applications is: March 4, 2019. 

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.

Transportation for the School may be provided by charter bus, depending on the number of requests.  Mileage will be paid if you choose to use your own transportation. Please indicate on the registration form whether or not bus transportation is required or preferred.

Registration will be on Wednesday, May 1, 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.

The following courses are being tentatively scheduled for the 2019 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!

Mental Health in the Workplace

This introductory survey course will help raise awareness for participants about mental health issues facing workers in today’s workplace. Activists will develop a range of strategies to specifically support, accommodate & represent members with mental health challenges at work.

We will look at the myths around mental illness, challenging stigma and what role the union can play in making our workplaces & unions more inclusive of members with psychological disabilities. We will develop action plans to take on systemic factors affecting mental health through advocacy, bargaining & political action.

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 argument, 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.

Health and Safety: New Strategies for Building Enforcement and Bargaining

This course provides both new and experienced activists with tools to deal with health, safety and environment skills.  Using an organizing and building activism theme, the course covers leadership skills, problem-solving and representation skills for activists who are union representatives on joint health and safety and/or environment committees.  The course discusses ways to get union leadership and members engaged in health and safety issues and also covers how to get government inspectors to enforce health and safety laws.  For bargaining, the course allows participants to build their skills in preparing for negotiations, writing contract language, and developing bargaining strategies.

Successful applicants will be notified immediately following the selection date.

Yours in Unionism,

Wayde Thompson