The Education Department is pleased to announce that we are launching the following on-line courses for all local union and workplace leadership:
3-day Grievance Handling for Leadership
3-day Arbitration for Leadership
1-day Basic Health & Safety for Leadership
1-day Mental Health for Leadership
Our 1-day courses are open to all workplace leadership. Participants in 1-day courses do not receive lost time; attendance is voluntary.
Participants in Unifor 3-day courses require local union approval. Participants in 3-day courses are reimbursed for lost time; the cost of lost-time is shared 50/50 between local unions and the National Union (locals pay up front with National reimbursement). It is up to the local union to arrange for Leave of Absences for their own participants. We will provide a minimum of 3 weeks notice from time of registration to the start of course to allow sufficient LOA notice for employers. The final date to register will be one week before the first day of the course.
Our on-line courses will be offered regionally. Registration will be done on a first come-first serve basis. We require a minimum of 12 participants, up to a cap of 24. The courses will run in ‘real time’ where Discussion Leaders and participants will engage in a mix of on-line and off-line materials throughout the day(s).
Registration: Course descriptions and dates will be available on our website onlineeducation.unifor.org by Monday, February 15, 2021. Registration will open in mid-late February.
Requirements: A computer equipped with a web camera (webcam) as well as a microphone and speakers (or headphones), and a stable internet connection.
We will continually populate the calendar with additional dates and times in which these courses will run. Please visit onlineeducation.unifor.org on a regular basis.
As you know and appreciate, we are very keen to re-open our in-person Area Schools and our Unifor Education Centre, as soon as public health advisories provide us with the assurance that it is safe to do so.
Our e-learning commitment will continue past the pandemic. We will be working with other departments of the union to develop additional on-line courses in the future, particularly aimed at members who cannot, for various reasons, attend in-person courses.
We have identified Collective Bargaining, Anti-Harassment, Harassment Investigation, Racial Justice Advocate, Pay Equity and Women’s Advocate training as e-learning priority areas.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Education Department by email at @email.