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Education & Training

For information about our workshops, please email CAUT’s Education Officer at

CAUT provides virtual workshops to assist local associations in building active and knowledgeable memberships. The courses are offered without charge.   


Your collective agreement outlines the rights of your association’s members and the responsibilities of the administration. But negotiating an effective collective agreement requires preparation and practice. In this 1-week course, participants will explore:

  • Bargaining terms and concepts;
  • Your province’s legal framework;
  • How to build relationships and communicate effectively with your members;
  • Power Mapping;
  • Developing a Bargaining Mandate;
  • Preparing proposals and bargaining protocols; and
  • Managing the table and staying organized during bargaining – whether in-person or online.

To register, please complete the online registration form before February 17, 2023.

French: March 13 – 17, 2023
To register, please complete the online registration form before February 24, 2023.

GRIEVANCE HANDLING — March 27 – 31, 2023

Representing your members when they file a grievance against the administration is a key function of your association. In this course, participants will:

  • Situate the right to grieve in a historical context.
  • Distinguish a grievance from a complaint.
  • Identify different types of grievances.
  • Explore the legislative and contractual framework underlying the grievance arbitration process.
  • Define the components of the grievance officer's job.
  • Write a basic grievance and negotiate a grievance settlement.

Together with colleagues from across Canada, participants will complete:

  • One online module from March 27 – 31, 2023
  • One 3-hour webinar on March 30. This session will take place on Zoom from 12 to 3pm Eastern Time.


In this 4-week foundational course, participants will discuss and practice:

How to better engage and organize members;

  • The five steps to running effective campaigns and political action;
  • How to organize to win in collective bargaining; and
  • The five steps to conducting successful one-on-one conversations with members. 


An introduction to the skills and tools that allow an association to effectively convey messages to members, the media, and the wider community. The course combines a mix of instruction, discussion, and media simulation exercises designed to assist participants in developing and implementing successful communications strategies.  

Participants will complete one online module and one 3-hour Zoom session.  


This workshop focuses on utilizing key association tools – collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, and mobilizing campaigns – to advance equity on campus. Designed for association leaders and activists, this workshop is an opportunity to strengthen the association’s ability to more effectively achieve diverse, inclusive, and discrimination-free workplaces.  

Participants will complete one online module and one 3-hour Zoom session.


Strike action is a union’s ultimate expression of power in collective bargaining under the law and strike preparation is a key component of comprehensive strategic bargaining.

In this workshop, you will explore:

  1. recommended structures for job action preparation;
  2. strategies to engage members in the bargaining process to become strike ready; and
  3. procedures that unions can establish to effectively engage in a strike if one becomes necessary.

Participants should plan for two hours of preparation, followed by a 3-hour online session.


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