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Education & Training

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CAUT provides ]workshops to assist local associations in building active and knowledgeable memberships. The courses are offered without charge at the member association’s location.

Membership Engagement

The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen associations by encouraging greater member participation in them. The event lasts one full day and is open to all members. Course material on ways to encourage greater involvement is facilitated through individual and group exercises, role-playing and group discussions.

Introduction to Collective Bargaining

Through a realistic simulated round of negotiations, the course allows participants with little or no negotiation experience to develop bargaining, language drafting and team work skills  - and face the dynamics of the bargaining table. The session begins with a review of the legal framework governing bargaining and a discussion of the rules of clause drafting and contractual interpretation. (Course length: 2 days)

Grievance Handling

An introduction to dealing with members' workplace complaints. Through a series of discussions and exercises, participants learn when filing a grievance is an appropriate response, and if it is, how to proceed with one through initial fact-finding, grievance drafting, and settlement discussions. (Course length:1½ days — offered locally)

Intellectual Property

This workshop addresses key intellectual property issues facing academic staff, with particular focus on ownership rights. (Workshop length: ½ day — offered locally)

Media and Communications

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. (Course length: 1 day)

Labor Action for Equity

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. (Course length: 1 day)

Health and Safety Training – Level I

CAUT offers a one and a half-day training course on occupational health and safety for members of executives, stewards's councils, association boards as well as members of joint health and safety committees. (1.5 days, offered locally)

Health and Safety Training – Level II

This one-day advanced course is primarily for joint health and safety committee members and others who have completed the Level I course. It focuses on health and safety legislation and grievances. (1 day, offered locally)

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