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Activist programs

Canada and the World (PCW)

This course will reflect on our connections to workers around the world and look at some alternatives to the environmental, political and social problems we face.

Women Activists (PWA)

This 5-day program provides women with the tools to organize, hold ground on the gains we’ve made, and push forward to build a movement for women’s economic and social equality.

Women in Collective Bargaining (PCBW)

Our union needs the voices and priorities of women at the negotiating table. Are you already a member of your bargaining committee, or interested in developing skills to take an active part in union negotiations?

Women Activists (AWA3)

This program provides women with the tools to organize, hold ground on the gains we have made, and push forward to build a movement for women's economic and social equality.

Women in Leadership (PWL)

The course picks up where the 5-day Women Activists program leaves off, and provides Unifor women with practical hands-on tools for effective campaign-building, bargaining an equity agenda, creatively responding to sexism and gender discrimination, and much more.

Women, Power & Political Action (PWPPA)

If women are to realize true equality it means engaging in political action and challenging power.

Women's Advocate - Basic

This 40-hour course is for Advocates who have been selected or elected under a bargained Women’s Advocate program.

Women's Advocate - Update

This annual three-day update course for Women Advocates is to keep you up to date on the evolving area of intimate partner and domestic violence.

Young Worker Activist (PYWA)

This course is designed specifically for members aged 35 and under, to further develop their skills and to ensure they can access the necessary tools to play an active role in the union.

Canada and the World (PCW)

This course will reflect on our connections to workers around the world and look at some alternatives to the environmental, political and social problems we face.

Women Activists (PWA)

This 5-day program provides women with the tools to organize, hold ground on the gains we’ve made, and push forward to build a movement for women’s economic and social equality.

Women in Collective Bargaining (PCBW)

Our union needs the voices and priorities of women at the negotiating table. Are you already a member of your bargaining committee, or interested in developing skills to take an active part in union negotiations?

Women Activists (AWA3)

This program provides women with the tools to organize, hold ground on the gains we have made, and push forward to build a movement for women's economic and social equality.

Women in Leadership (PWL)

The course picks up where the 5-day Women Activists program leaves off, and provides Unifor women with practical hands-on tools for effective campaign-building, bargaining an equity agenda, creatively responding to sexism and gender discrimination, and much more.

Women, Power & Political Action (PWPPA)

If women are to realize true equality it means engaging in political action and challenging power.

Women's Advocate - Basic

This 40-hour course is for Advocates who have been selected or elected under a bargained Women’s Advocate program.

Women's Advocate - Update

This annual three-day update course for Women Advocates is to keep you up to date on the evolving area of intimate partner and domestic violence.

Young Worker Activist (PYWA)

This course is designed specifically for members aged 35 and under, to further develop their skills and to ensure they can access the necessary tools to play an active role in the union.

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Community and Political Action

Environment – Community (PEVC)

We all care about our environment. But if you want to actually do something about the threats to our water, our air, our land, and our health, then this course will provide you with knowledge and skills to increase your involvement.

Climate Change and Our Jobs (PCCOJ)

This country can no longer afford an economic model that treats the natural environment and human beings as disposable goods. The time has come to chart a new model and direction for Canada's economy.

Environment – Community (PEVC)

We all care about our environment. But if you want to actually do something about the threats to our water, our air, our land, and our health, then this course will provide you with knowledge and skills to increase your involvement.

Climate Change and Our Jobs (PCCOJ)

This country can no longer afford an economic model that treats the natural environment and human beings as disposable goods. The time has come to chart a new model and direction for Canada's economy.

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EFAP / Substance Abuse

Worker Referral Assistance Programme (WRAP) - Level 1 (PWRAP1)

Mental illness, including addictions and other dependency disorders impact many of our members and their families. Union Representatives are the referral agents or liaisons to community resources that can help members experiencing such problems access the services they need will protecting their confidentiality.

Worker Referral Assistance Programme (WRAP) – Level 2 (PWRAP2)

Level 2 provides an opportunity for workplace representatives to share the experiences they have had in the workplace and community, and provides more in-depth information about specific social issues.

Mental Health Matters (AMHU1)

This is an important program for union representatives and local union officers who want to learn how to support and represent members who are dealing with mental illness, including addiction.

Worker Referral Assistance Programme (WRAP) - Level 1 (PWRAP1)

Mental illness, including addictions and other dependency disorders impact many of our members and their families. Union Representatives are the referral agents or liaisons to community resources that can help members experiencing such problems access the services they need will protecting their confidentiality.

Worker Referral Assistance Programme (WRAP) – Level 2 (PWRAP2)

Level 2 provides an opportunity for workplace representatives to share the experiences they have had in the workplace and community, and provides more in-depth information about specific social issues.

Mental Health Matters (AMHU1)

This is an important program for union representatives and local union officers who want to learn how to support and represent members who are dealing with mental illness, including addiction.

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General Membership Courses

Unifor Foundations (PFOUND)

The course begins by examining the nature of work and exploring what workers have in common today. We look at how work, conditions of work, and control over work have been shaped by the development of the capitalist system from colonialism to the present day.

Family Education Program

Ever thought of taking a family holiday with your union? Want to meet people from across Canada, learn about our new union and issues facing Canadian families, and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world?

Union Communications (PUCOM)

This course is for anyone who is responsible for getting the word out in a local union including committee members, elected leadership, or workplace leaders.

Getting to Know Your Union (AUNION1)

This interactive one-day course is a basic introduction to Unifor. This course is ideal for anyone - whether you are new to the union or have been a long time member.

Public Speaking (APS1)

If you are you reluctant to speak up at membership meetings, you find it awkward to start a conversation with a co-worker about an issue of interest in your workplace, or you wonder how others appear so able and comfortable to speak publicly, this course will give you practice to build your confidence.

Turtle Island: A First Peoples awareness for union activists and leaders (PTURTI)

Through this course, participants will hear about history, Aboriginal rights, Aboriginal issues, and the links between social unionism and the struggle for Aboriginal Self-Determination.

Planning for your Future/Pre-Retirement Course (APYF1)

This course course covers all the topics you need to think about to prepare for the next phase of your life.

Planning for your Future/Pre-Retirement Course (PMTS)

This program covers all the topics you need to think about to prepare for the next phase of your life, involving guest speakers from Service Canada, a financial advisor, and a legal representative.

Pay Equity - Ontario (APAYE3)

This program will provide hands-on knowledge to assist participants to gain a better understanding of our union's obligations under the Ontario Pay Equity Act.

Unifor Foundations (PFOUND)

The course begins by examining the nature of work and exploring what workers have in common today. We look at how work, conditions of work, and control over work have been shaped by the development of the capitalist system from colonialism to the present day.

Union Communications (PUCOM)

This course is for anyone who is responsible for getting the word out in a local union including committee members, elected leadership, or workplace leaders.

Getting to Know Your Union (AUNION1)

This interactive one-day course is a basic introduction to Unifor. This course is ideal for anyone - whether you are new to the union or have been a long time member.

Public Speaking (APS1)

If you are you reluctant to speak up at membership meetings, you find it awkward to start a conversation with a co-worker about an issue of interest in your workplace, or you wonder how others appear so able and comfortable to speak publicly, this course will give you practice to build your confidence.

Turtle Island: A First Peoples awareness for union activists and leaders (PTURTI)

Through this course, participants will hear about history, Aboriginal rights, Aboriginal issues, and the links between social unionism and the struggle for Aboriginal Self-Determination.

Planning for your Future/Pre-Retirement Course (APYF1)

This course course covers all the topics you need to think about to prepare for the next phase of your life.

Planning for your Future/Pre-Retirement Course (PMTS)

This program covers all the topics you need to think about to prepare for the next phase of your life, involving guest speakers from Service Canada, a financial advisor, and a legal representative.

Pay Equity - Ontario (APAYE3)

This program will provide hands-on knowledge to assist participants to gain a better understanding of our union's obligations under the Ontario Pay Equity Act.

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Health & Safety / Workers Compensation

Health & Safety for Provincial Workers (AHSP1)

This one day program is for Unifor health and safety representatives and all those who want to help reduce and eliminate the toll of occupational injury and disease on the worker.

Workers' Compensation - British Columbia (AWCBBC3)

Need to know more about how to make a claim when injured at work by accident or by disease? How to protect an injured worker’s rights to compensation during the return to work phase?

Accident and Incident Investigation for Workplace Health & Safety Representatives (PACIN)

This 5 day course is an introduction to accident investigation. The prime objective of accident investigation is prevention – finding the causes of an accident and taking steps to control or eliminate it can help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.

Health & Safety: Beyond the Basics (AHS3)

Participants discuss the causes and solutions to the hazardous working conditions workers face in the workplace and learn about regulations and legislation required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act .

Health & Safety Certification 1 - BC (AJHSBC1)

This introductory course will introduce new committee members to the basic principles of workplace health and safety. Unifor has developed this course to meet the standard and the 3 important changes to the WCB Regulation that became effective April 1, 2017.

Compensation for Ontario Workers - Level 1 (formerly WSIB – Level I & II) (PWSIB)

This course is an introductory program designed for Ontario members who are new to the field of workers’ compensation but want to develop the skills and knowledge to represent injured workers in the initial stages of a claim.

Health & Safety (PHS)

This is a hands-on course that members and Health and Safety representatives will find invaluable in the work they do on behalf of working people.

Health & Safety for Women (PHSW)

All workers face health and safety issues at work - injuries, workplace hazards, disease and stress. But many of these issues also have a gender dimension - they affect women's bodies in particular ways.

Workers’ Compensation - Ontario (AWSIB3)

Need to know more about how to make a claim when injured at work by accident or by disease? How to protect an injured worker’s rights to compensation during the return to work phase?

Introduction to Ergonomics (PERGO)

This course has been designed to demystify the "Ergonomic Process", allowing our leadership/activists to see beyond the one-dimensional aspect of injury reduction, while also recognizing a powerful tool to be used to improve the ergonomic and psycho-social well-being of our members as they proceed through their working lives.

Compensation Workshop (ACOM1)

As a participant or worker advocate, you will actively engage in working together to apply the compensation legislation and policies to ensure our members are protected.

WSIB Appeals (Workplace Safety & Insurance Board ONTARIO ONLY) (PWSIBA)

The program is designed to provide the skills necessary to enable worker representatives to represent workers in various dispute resolution schemes.

Health & Safety for Federal Workers (AHSF1)

This Health and Safety program focuses specifically on health and safety provisions known as Part II of the Code.

Health & Safety for Provincial Workers (AHSP1)

This one day program is for Unifor health and safety representatives and all those who want to help reduce and eliminate the toll of occupational injury and disease on the worker.

Accident and Incident Investigation for Workplace Health & Safety Representatives (PACIN)

This 5 day course is an introduction to accident investigation. The prime objective of accident investigation is prevention – finding the causes of an accident and taking steps to control or eliminate it can help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.

Health & Safety: Beyond the Basics (AHS3)

Participants discuss the causes and solutions to the hazardous working conditions workers face in the workplace and learn about regulations and legislation required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act .

Health & Safety (PHS)

This is a hands-on course that members and Health and Safety representatives will find invaluable in the work they do on behalf of working people.

Health & Safety for Women (PHSW)

All workers face health and safety issues at work - injuries, workplace hazards, disease and stress. But many of these issues also have a gender dimension - they affect women's bodies in particular ways.

Introduction to Ergonomics (PERGO)

This course has been designed to demystify the "Ergonomic Process", allowing our leadership/activists to see beyond the one-dimensional aspect of injury reduction, while also recognizing a powerful tool to be used to improve the ergonomic and psycho-social well-being of our members as they proceed through their working lives.

Compensation Workshop (ACOM1)

As a participant or worker advocate, you will actively engage in working together to apply the compensation legislation and policies to ensure our members are protected.

Health & Safety for Federal Workers (AHSF1)

This Health and Safety program focuses specifically on health and safety provisions known as Part II of the Code.

Compensation for Ontario Workers - Level 1 (formerly WSIB – Level I & II) (PWSIB)

This course is an introductory program designed for Ontario members who are new to the field of workers’ compensation but want to develop the skills and knowledge to represent injured workers in the initial stages of a claim.

Workers’ Compensation - Ontario (AWSIB3)

Need to know more about how to make a claim when injured at work by accident or by disease? How to protect an injured worker’s rights to compensation during the return to work phase?

WSIB Appeals (Workplace Safety & Insurance Board ONTARIO ONLY) (PWSIBA)

The program is designed to provide the skills necessary to enable worker representatives to represent workers in various dispute resolution schemes.

Workers' Compensation - British Columbia (AWCBBC3)

Need to know more about how to make a claim when injured at work by accident or by disease? How to protect an injured worker’s rights to compensation during the return to work phase?

Health & Safety Certification 1 - BC (AJHSBC1)

This introductory course will introduce new committee members to the basic principles of workplace health and safety. Unifor has developed this course to meet the standard and the 3 important changes to the WCB Regulation that became effective April 1, 2017.

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Human rights & Anti-Harassment

Pride Activist (APRIDE1)

You're interested in making your union and your community a safer space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex (LGBTQ2SI) members, but where do you start? This course will give you the first step and help grow your local union at the same time!

Anti-Harassment: Building a Respectful Workplace Environment (ARW)

This course concentrates on defining harassment and exploring the legal and moral obligations of both employers and unions in creating and maintaining a harassment-free workplace.

Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Leadership Program - Week 2 (PAWOC2)

This is a two-week program designed for Unifor members who are Aboriginal and/or workers of colour.

Harassment Investigation (PHI)

This course is designed for local union workplace reps, to help increase communication skills, knowledge and give you the confidence to deal with harassment complaints.

Human Rights (PHR)

Racism, homophobia, sexism, disability prejudice and other forms of discrimination divide us as workers and weaken our union.

Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Leadership (AAWOC1)

This program is for members who identify and have lived their life tackling oppression in their day-to-day, and may not be able to be released for the 2-week leadership course.

Pride Activist (PRIDE)

You're interested in making your union and your community a safer space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex (LGBTQ2SI) members, but where do you start?

Harassment Investigation (AHI3)

This 3-day program is designed for local union workplace representatives and their management counterparts, and is designed to increase the investigator’s communication skills, knowledge, and confidence to deal with harassment complaints.

Harassment Investigation (AHI3)

This 3-day program is designed for local union workplace representatives and their management counterparts, and is designed to increase the investigator’s communication skills, knowledge, and confidence to deal with harassment complaints.

Pride Activist (APRIDE1)

You're interested in making your union and your community a safer space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex (LGBTQ2SI) members, but where do you start? This course will give you the first step and help grow your local union at the same time!

Anti-Harassment: Building a Respectful Workplace Environment (ARW)

This course concentrates on defining harassment and exploring the legal and moral obligations of both employers and unions in creating and maintaining a harassment-free workplace.

Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Leadership Program - Week 2 (PAWOC2)

This is a two-week program designed for Unifor members who are Aboriginal and/or workers of colour.

Harassment Investigation (PHI)

This course is designed for local union workplace reps, to help increase communication skills, knowledge and give you the confidence to deal with harassment complaints.

Human Rights (PHR)

Racism, homophobia, sexism, disability prejudice and other forms of discrimination divide us as workers and weaken our union.

Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Leadership (AAWOC1)

This program is for members who identify and have lived their life tackling oppression in their day-to-day, and may not be able to be released for the 2-week leadership course.

Pride Activist (PRIDE)

You're interested in making your union and your community a safer space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex (LGBTQ2SI) members, but where do you start?

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Leadership & Leadership Development

Grievance Handling & Workplace Leadership (PGHWL)

Are you a Chairperson, Steward or a Committeeperson? Would you like to develop or sharpen your skills?

Grievance Handling & Workplace Leadership (AGHWL3)

Are you a Chairperson, Steward or a Committeeperson? Would you like to develop or sharpen your skills?

Arbitration for Leadership (PARB)

This course is designed to provide local union representatives with a detailed guide on how to investigate and write up grievances and prepare for arbitration.

Collective Bargaining (PCB)

This week-long program focuses on the importance of preparation including generating proposals from the membership, assessing the climate of bargaining, building a strong committee, developing a strong proposal package, and determining priorities.

Collective Bargaining (ACB3)

This program focuses on developing a strategy, setting priorities, and working cohesively in a committee, with a role-play bargaining process to give participants hands on practice.

Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Leadership Program - Week 1 (PAWOC1)

This program is intended to build the skills, knowledge and confidence of Unifor Aboriginal and workers of colour members to increase their activism and take up positions of leadership within the union.

Grievance Handling & Workplace Leadership - The Basics (AGHWL1)

Would you like to know how shop stewards or committeepersons investigate grievances, present them to management and write them up properly?

Grievance Handling & Workplace Leadership (PGHWL)

Are you a Chairperson, Steward or a Committeeperson? Would you like to develop or sharpen your skills?

Grievance Handling & Workplace Leadership (AGHWL3)

Are you a Chairperson, Steward or a Committeeperson? Would you like to develop or sharpen your skills?

Arbitration for Leadership (PARB)

This course is designed to provide local union representatives with a detailed guide on how to investigate and write up grievances and prepare for arbitration.

Collective Bargaining (PCB)

This week-long program focuses on the importance of preparation including generating proposals from the membership, assessing the climate of bargaining, building a strong committee, developing a strong proposal package, and determining priorities.

Collective Bargaining (ACB3)

This program focuses on developing a strategy, setting priorities, and working cohesively in a committee, with a role-play bargaining process to give participants hands on practice.

Grievance Handling & Workplace Leadership - The Basics (AGHWL1)

Would you like to know how shop stewards or committeepersons investigate grievances, present them to management and write them up properly?

Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Leadership Program - Week 1 (PAWOC1)

This program is intended to build the skills, knowledge and confidence of Unifor Aboriginal and workers of colour members to increase their activism and take up positions of leadership within the union.

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Local Union Executive Training

Local Executive Board Training (PEBT)

In this week-long program we’ll explore the duties and responsibilities of executive board members, consider various aspects of leadership and address membership involvement.

Local Union Officer (ALO3)

This course builds practice and skills of running your local union - from monthly Executive and membership meetings, to budgets.

Local Union Finances (ALUF3)

The program will cover all aspects of recording and safeguarding the funds and financial records of a local union; and the duties of the financial officer as an integral part of the Local Union Executive.

Local Executive Board Training (PEBT)

In this week-long program we’ll explore the duties and responsibilities of executive board members, consider various aspects of leadership and address membership involvement.

Local Union Officer (ALO3)

This course builds practice and skills of running your local union - from monthly Executive and membership meetings, to budgets.

Local Union Finances (ALUF3)

The program will cover all aspects of recording and safeguarding the funds and financial records of a local union; and the duties of the financial officer as an integral part of the Local Union Executive.

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Workplace Issues

Stress: The Workplace Hazard (PSTR)

This course gives leadership/activists the awareness to recognize the physical and psychological hazards of workplace stress.

Time Study - Easing the Pace of Work (PTSG)

This course is a basic introduction to time and motion programs and tools to challenge management's job standards.

Toxic Substances in the Workplace (PTOXIC)

This course gives leadership and activists awareness of the hazards of toxic substances.

Bullying in the Workplace: An Occupational Hazard (ABWP1)

This workshop is about identifying the psycho-social hazard of workplace bullying. It will give workers and union representatives the tools to help identify, investigate and resolve the very serious issue of Workplace Bullying.

Conflict Resolution - Level 1 (PCR1)

This is an introductory course in making conflict productive. Conflict is normal, natural, and in many cases, necessary for change.

Lead Hand: Understanding the Law & Legal Accountability (ALH1)

Are you a lead hand, team leader, journey person, shift leader, head cashier, or similar? This course is designed for Union members who provide direction to other members in their workplace.

Duty to Accommodate (ACOMDA1)

This course outlines not only our obligations to represent our members, but also our power to change workplaces and lift barriers to participation so that all workers have the right to earn a decent living.

Resisting Abuse - a course for BC Transit Workers (ARATBC1)

Unifor is working to stop the epidemic of workplace violence against transit workers and road transport workers in British Columbia. Workplace violence means physical assault, threatening behavior, or verbal abuse that occurs in the course of any work-related duty.

Stress: The Workplace Hazard (PSTR)

This course gives leadership/activists the awareness to recognize the physical and psychological hazards of workplace stress.

Time Study - Easing the Pace of Work (PTSG)

This course is a basic introduction to time and motion programs and tools to challenge management's job standards.

Toxic Substances in the Workplace (PTOXIC)

This course gives leadership and activists awareness of the hazards of toxic substances.

Bullying in the Workplace: An Occupational Hazard (ABWP1)

This workshop is about identifying the psycho-social hazard of workplace bullying. It will give workers and union representatives the tools to help identify, investigate and resolve the very serious issue of Workplace Bullying.

Conflict Resolution - Level 1 (PCR1)

This is an introductory course in making conflict productive. Conflict is normal, natural, and in many cases, necessary for change.

Lead Hand: Understanding the Law & Legal Accountability (ALH1)

Are you a lead hand, team leader, journey person, shift leader, head cashier, or similar? This course is designed for Union members who provide direction to other members in their workplace.

Duty to Accommodate (ACOMDA1)

This course outlines not only our obligations to represent our members, but also our power to change workplaces and lift barriers to participation so that all workers have the right to earn a decent living.

Resisting Abuse - a course for BC Transit Workers (ARATBC1)

Unifor is working to stop the epidemic of workplace violence against transit workers and road transport workers in British Columbia. Workplace violence means physical assault, threatening behavior, or verbal abuse that occurs in the course of any work-related duty.