February 18-20, 2021

We welcome you to register below



Workshops for February 18; 1:30-4:30pm

Challenging Racism (OLS)

This workshop covers what racism looks like in our society and in our union, and your role in challenging it.

Ally Skills for Stewards (SLS)

Effective stewards are champions for human rights and equality. Explore what it means to be an ally, and ways that stewards can step up as allies in the workplace and the union.

Solidarity with Indigenous Workers (SLS)

Learn about Canada’s history of colonialism, engage in some myth-busting, and explore ways you can build solidarity with Indigenous workers and support reconciliation in the workplace.

Workshops for February 19

Mental Health & Safety – Description TBA – 1:30pm-2:30pm


Occupational VS Public Health – 1:30pm-2:30pm

The SARS Royal Commission Report in 2006 dealt with the relationship between H&S and Public Health during a pandemic.  Since that time we’ve had the H1N1-n2009 pandemic, we missed the Ebola crisis but now we’re in the COVID-19 pandemic.  Have we learned anything since the 2006 Royal Commission?

Racism and Mental Health – 2:45pm-3:45pm

This first part of this workshop will look at the impact of racism on workers’ mental health, using the example of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). From a young age, racialised persons who live with this disability/mental health disorder are frequently left behind and stigmatised, forcing them to fend for themselves. As workers, they are rarely given adequate supports and accommodations, and are often penalised and disciplined because of their disability. This has a significant impact on their mental and physical health.

The second part of this workshop will consider how workers and unions can advocate for themselves, their co-workers and their members, and will encourage participants to apply the suggestions and ideas shared during the workshop to other situations.


Working from Home Ergonomics – 2:45pm-3:45pm

We are now at the point where many of us have been working at home at temporary workstations for an extended period of time; potentially 3 months or longer. How have you been coping? Have you made a transition to an ergonomically sound workstation or are you still working from a laptop at your kitchen table? Are you now starting to develop some musculoskeletal discomfort? There are some small changes you can make to transform your workstation into a more ergonomically sound temporary office if you find yourself continuing to work from home as time continues. In order to find out what these changes may be, please join us while we present our webinar on Ergonomic Tips for Temporary Home Workstations.


10:00AM – 10:50AM10:00-10:10 – Welcome/Guidelines/Tech
10:10-10:20 – Land recognition/Equality Statement/UN Declaration
10:20-10:30 – Welcome from David Simao, OUWCC Chair and Introduction of Committee members
10:30-10:40 – Greetings from Fred Hahn and Candace Rennick
10:40-10:45 – Greetings from Janice-Folk Dawson, OFL Executive VP
10:45-10:50 – Remarks from Laura Walton, OSBCU President
10:50AM – 11:05AMMorning Break
11:05AM – 12:30PM11:05-12:05 – Sub Sector Breakout Rooms
12:05-12:30 – Guest Speaker: Laura Mae Lindo, MPP for Kitchener Centre
12:30PM – 1:30PMLUNCH
1:30PM – 4:30PMEquity Workshops – CUPE Education
(2 breaks included)

Workshop #1 – Challenging Racism
Workshop #2 – Ally Skills
Workshop #3 – Solidarity with Indigenous Workers
10:00AM – 11:00AM10:00-10:10 – Explaining the Day
10:10-10:30 – Health and Safety Presentation Andréane Chénier, CUPE Health & Safety
10:30-11:00 – Questions/Discussion
11:00AM – 11:15AMMorning Break
11:15AM – 12:30PM11:15-11:45 – Breakout Rooms
11:45-12:30 – Plenary Room – Report Back/Discussion
12:30PM – 1:30PMLUNCH
1:30PM – 2:30PM1:30-2:30 – Workshops: Session 1

Workshop #1: Mental Health and Safety
Workshop #2: Occupational vs Public Health
2:30PM – 2:45PMAfternoon Break
2:45PM – 3:45PM2:45-3:45 – Workshops: Session 2

Workshop #1: Racism and Mental Health
Workshop #2: Working from Home – Ergonomics
10:00AM – 11:00AM10:00-10:10 – Explaining the Day
10:10-10:40 – Presentation: Bargaining in the Sector
· Graham Cox, CUPE Research
· Stephanie Van Stralen, CUPE National Representative
10:40-11:00 – Questions/Discussion
11:00AM – 11:15AMMorning Break
11:15AM – 12:15PM11:15-12:00 – Panel: Funding and Privatization in the Post-Secondary Sector
12:00-12:15 – Questions/Discussion
12:15PM – 1:15PMLUNCH
1:15PM – 2:15PM1:15-1:50 – Breakout Rooms
1:50-2:15 – Plenary Room – Report Back/Discussion
2:15PM – 2:30PMAfternoon Break
2:30PM – 3:45PM2:30-3:15 – Convention Resolutions
3:15-3:45 – Order of the Day: Action Plan Debate and Adoption



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