This specialized course was developed by the national grievance department to train members to argue arbitration cases. To make it realistic, participants prepare and argue their case in front of an arbitrator (a labour lawyer), who issues a decision by the end of the course.
This course is typically offered at the beginning of the mandate, following a national convention, to meet the needs for training resulting from the convention elections. New union representatives often need training, as might a local officer who replaces someone elected to a regional or national position.
Please note that the region (or the local) selects the courses that are offered. Not all courses are offered in a given year. In some cases, a course may not be available because it is not up to date or because it is being translated.
Specialized courses, such as the training of facilitators and of worker advocates, are offered on an as needed basis during each mandate. Typically, participants from two or more regions attend these national-level courses.
Members interested in union education should contact their region.
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