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Labour School

Educating our members


NAPE consistently offers educational and training opportunities to its members. The annual NAPE Labour School is a large part of that effort.

The School is an opportunity to bring NAPE activists together from across the province to share their experiences in the workplace, hear from guest speakers, and participate in educational workshops. The ultimate goal of the School is to provide NAPE activists with the tools they need to effectively represent their fellow brothers and sisters in their workplace.

The School is primarily organized by the NAPE Education Committee. 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.

The Labour School is normally held in November of each year. The dates and location of the 2012 School have not yet been selected. Please check back here or with your local officers for updates.

The 2014 Labour School has not yet been scheduled.

Please check back for details. 


Spring 2013 Labour School

May 9-12, 2013


Dear Brother/Sister:

NAPE will be holding a Labour School on May 9-13, 2013 (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 April 4, 2013.

The application form can be downloaded here: 2013 NAPE Labour School Application Form

The Education Committee will make final selection no later than April 8, 2013.  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, May 9th, and leaving to return after lunch on Sunday, May 12


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.         Economics for Everyone

2.         Shop Steward Level I and II/Leadership Training

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

4.         Transforming Conflict into Union Activism

Yours in Unionism,

Kelly Roche


Detailed Course Descriptions 


1. Economics for Everyone

This popular economics course is designed for Union activists who want to learn the basics of economics and what this means for the economy of a country and the kind of society in which we live. It uses the methodology of popular education in that it starts from what people know, builds on that knowledge, and adds a new knowledge. The course content includes areas of economics such as paid and unpaid work, the value of work, the role of money in an economy, wealth distribution, economic theory, debunking economic myths, with a focus on the Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian economies.
Upon completion, participants will understand the basic features and relationships of modern-day capitalism. They’ll see where working people fit into the big economic picture – and the points of opportunity where we can try to build a better, fairer system.

2. Shop Steward Level I and II/Leadership Training

This course is meant for NAPE’s untrained Shop Stewards and it will focus on providing the Steward with an understanding of their role, which would include: determining what a grievance is, knowledge of the grievance procedure, how to file and present grievances. It will also create an understanding of how to work with the membership and Local Executive through grievance preparation and conflict resolution. A short overview of grievance mediation and arbitration will also be presented.
In addition to Steward training, we will be providing you with some leadership training which will familiarize participants with the variety of methods by which they can evaluate Local Union leadership and their performance. It will introduce participants to the concept of problem solving in their Local Union activities through case analysis and the types of leadership styles.

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.


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