Spring 2015 Labour School

April 30 – May 3, 2015


Dear Brother/Sister:

NAPE will be holding a Labour School on April 30 – May 3, 2015 (Thursday to Sunday) inclusive, at the Terra Nova Resort and Golf Community, Port Blandford.

Selection will be made on a Province-wide basis with consideration being given to equal regional and gender representation.


Application forms must be completed in full and returned to NAPE’s Education Committee, by fax at (709)-754-0726 or mail at P.O. Box 8100, St. John’s, NL, AIB 3M9, by March 30, 2015.

The application form can be downloaded here: 2015 NAPE Labour School Application Form

The Education Committee will make final selection no later than April 1, 2015.  This year the Committee will be compiling a waiting list, therefore, if you apply and cannot attend, it is important that you inform us immediately since the Committee will be “backfilling” from the wait list.


Transportation for the School will be provided by charter bus, which will pick up passengers at designated stops along the Trans Canada Highway or you have the option of using your own transportation and mileage will be paid.  Members will be reimbursed for their mileage travelling from their homes to and from the nearest place the charter bus stops.  Buses will be leaving St. John’s and the West Coast on Thursday morning, April 30th, and leaving to return after lunch on Sunday, May 3rd.


Registration will be on Thursday, May 9, 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 $6.00 incidental expense.  These amounts will not apply to area residents.  A stipend of $100.00 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 (descriptions below) are being tentatively scheduled for the 2013  School and will be offered, depending on the choices of the applicants.

1. Parliamentary Procedure and Effective Meetings
2. Advanced Steward
3. X, Y or Boomer? Talking Between Generations in the Union
4. Transforming Conflict into Union Activism

Yours in Unionism,

Betty Goodyear



Detailed Course Descriptions 


1. Parliamentary Procedure and Effective Meetings

This course is designed for activists who want to learn about the basic rules or order, order of business, amending motions, point of privilege and some other practical points, as well as learn how to conduct a union meeting. Upon completion, participants will understand the elements of conducting a union meeting that will contribute to an effective local.

2. Advanced Steward

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 3rd stage 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.

3. X, Y or Boomer? Talking Between Generations in the Union

This course will increase your awareness of the needs and realities of the members of different generations in the Union and workplace. It will build your level of comfort and skills for engaging in meaningful cross-generational dialogue. We invite you to explore how the Union might respond to the values of the different generations in our midst, and share perspectives on how Union culture can continue to adapt to meet the needs of each generation. This course requires the participation of both young workers, and workers of other generations who are young at heart in order to run successful.

4. Transforming Conflict into Union Activism

This course will provide participants with a tool kit of strategies, tactics and skills to resolve specific disputes as well as conflicts in the workplace. The course focuses on mastering coaching and communication skills, investigative techniques, documenting facts, utilizing frameworks for analyzing disputes, problem solving strategies, evaluating options and identifying techniques to deal with systemic conflict.