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Union Education

CUPE's Union Development Department offers a wide variety of workshops to help you develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to improve our workplaces and our society.

As a steward, local officer and bargaining committee member, you also have access to an education program that will help you develop skills and expertise to represent members in the workplace.

What workshops are available through Local 500?

In order to assist our Shop Stewards in performing their function more effectively, CUPE Local 500 will sponsor new shop stewards to the Introduction to Stewarding Course. For more information about Local 500 steward training opportunities, contact Karen Byzuk, Special Assignments Officer, CUPE Local 500, (204)942-1001 or email:

What other workshops can I sign up for?

CUPE offers its members hundreds of workshops every year, on topics such as new member orientation, human rights, union officer training, and many more. CUPE has a number of established workshops. CUPE also designs unique workshops to meet the needs of local unions, district councils, Divisions and other groups within the union.

Steward Learning Series Certificate

Click here to download a copy of the steward learning pamphlet.  

To receive the Steward Learning Series Certificate, you must complete:

• All 6 modules from Section A
• At least 7 modules from Section B including at least 3 of the following:
• Challenging homophobia in the workplace,
• Challenging racism in the workplace,
• Connecting with Aboriginal workers,
• Creating gender equality,
• Disability issue for stewards.

For additional union education opportunities, contact your Unit President or Chief Shop Steward. You can also contact Wally Skomoroh, Education Representative for the Manitoba Regional Office at (204)942-0343.

Upcoming Workshops:

Click here to download a calendar and registration form for upcoming CUPE Education Courses in the Manitoba Region for Fall 2019/Winter 2020.