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 union members 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 NAPE Member,


RE: NAPE LABOUR SCHOOL – April 26-30, 2023


NAPE will be holding a Labour School on April 26-30, 2023, (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 Shannon Hickey by phone at 1-800-563-4442 or by email at to register offline.


The deadline for applications is: March 24, 2023


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 26, 2023, 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.


NAPE will be arranging time-off/wage loss for those who attend Labour School.


The following courses are being tentatively scheduled for the 2023 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 manoeuvres 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!


Organizing Worker Power:  Mobilizing Members


This course will provide an overview of the structure of NAPE as well as how our locals and our union fit within provincial and national labour movement organizations.  As well, participants will learn the three-step approach to effective member engagement (Go, Listen, Build).  Each participant will leave with a worksite specific plan for creating an engaged and active membership.


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.


Advanced Shop Steward Training


This course is designed for experienced Stewards and covers issues such as duty to accommodate, dealing with management, harassment, and drug and alcohol situations.  The major activity of the course revolves around role playing a 2nd stage and 3rdstage grievance meeting in union and management roles over the course of the week.  The cases are based on real grievances.  You must have completed Levels I and II Shop Steward training to apply for this course.


Successful applicants will be notified shortly after the selection date.


Yours in Unionism,


Jamie Meadus