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Foundations for Union Stewards - Edmonton

Date and time

Wed, 03 Apr 2024
8:30am – 4:30pm MST

Thu, 04 Apr 2024
8:30am – 4:30pm MST

Fri, 05 Apr 2024
8:30am – 4:30pm MST

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In-person at:
Edmonton Headquarters
10025 - 182 St. NW
Edmonton, AB, T5S 0P7

About this event

Registration opens on January 2, 2024.  To register, login to the online registration system at Members must enroll themselves and ensure all prerequisites are met. 

Your Member Number ID is required to register. If you do not have your member number, please contact the Member Resource Centre at 1-800-232-7284. 

For more details regarding courses AUPE has to offer, please refer to the website at 

As a Union Steward you will be a champion for your worksite, a grievance handler, and help your fellow workers resolve worksite issues through alternate avenues.

In this course, we will cover: Roles and Responsibilities of a Steward, Interviewing Members, Collective Action, Investigations, Disciplinary and Non-Disciplinary Grievances, Legislation, the Grievance Handling Process from start to finish, including Grievance Writing and Presentation. The program will include duty to accommodate situations and exposure to many other workplace scenarios.

You will be expected to attend to complete the pre-reading online module, all three days of training, and complete a homework assignment within a specific time period to continue on to the mentoring component of the program.

Note: This course is not for people who avoid conflict.

Prerequisites: Intro to Your Union, Basic Conflict Management, Intro to OHS, Contract Interpretation and must be a Nominated Steward.

This course is for: Those who want to learn about labour relations, collective action, and actively represent fellow members. This means going to investigations, filing grievances, collective action, and working with AUPE staff and members to resolve issues.

This course utilizes:

  • Lectures
  • Polls
  • Discussions
  • Videos
  • Individual, paired and group activities
  • Practical application to grievance handling for onsite issues to include homework and mentorship

Learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate grievance-handling steps by interpreting collective agreements.
  • Select and complete relevant grievance handling documents to support the grievance.
  • Demonstrate interviewing techniques through roleplaying.
  • Apply facts from case studies to identify breach of rights within collective agreements, Alberta legislation, including Duty to Accommodate.
  • Suggest alternate forums to resolve issues that are not a grievance.
  • Apply all the Grievance Handling Steps as per policies 10-14 and 10-16.
  • Explain the Union Steward’s role in the Duty of Fair Representation.