CUPE Ontario 2024 University Workers Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) Conference


Please use the following form to register for the CUPE Ontario OUWCC Conference on February 29th to March 3rd, 2024. Fee is $350 for affiliated locals and $450 for non-affiliated locals per delegate. $50 late fee applies after January 22nd, 2024.  If you have any questions or issues regarding registration, please contact Winnie Lau at [email protected]

*All registration must be done by a local’s executive

*No refunds or cancellations will be available after February 15, 2024

Workshop Descriptions

FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2024, 1:30PM – 4:30PM

*Choose one workshop during on-line registration.

Communications – 30 spots

Spots remaining: 5

This workshop will provide a brief overview of CUPE National resources available at various points along the campaign arc, then will focus on campaign media relations and building practical skills to use in interviews.

Introduction to Power Structure Analysis for Bargaining Campaigns – 30 spots

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Unions use the word power in many contexts, but do not always define, measure, or track power. In this workshop, you will delve into power in relationship to your bargaining demands and learn tools for measuring as well as tracking power. Power structure analysis means mapping and understanding decision-making power as well as other forms of leverage power in your terrain as it relates to your bargaining. Doing this work means you will know where to focus your efforts to actually win your local union’s demands both within and outside the workplace.

In this workshop you will gain an introduction to this method and how local unions can benefit from it in advance of collective agreement negotiations. You will also learn about the related concept of whole worker organizing, which will help you educate your members that they are the biggest source of power. Whole worker organizing paired with power structure analysis can lead to identifying and leveraging power that we may have overlooked in the past. The goal is to use these methods to prioritize scarce resources (especially people and time) in your campaigns and win!

Anti-Harassment and Bystander Training – 30 spots

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When we are disrespected in our union, or when harm, harassment, and discrimination happen we are unsafe. We would not accept it from our supervisors and managers at work, and it is not ok in our union space. When we witness others being harmed, oppressed, or injured, we can intervene in safe and effective ways before, during, or after a harassing or violent situation. In this workshop, learn and practice how to intervene.