Education & Development

The purpose of Union Education and Development activities is to educate members to become Union Activists in a way that is mutually beneficial to the individual member and to all Local 3550 members.  The Locals’ Education Committee will review all applications submitted in order to determine the total number of members sponsored and establish the funding for each event.

When  educational opportunities become available they will be posted here and we ask that each member wishing to attend please fill out the Education Funding Request Form with all of the required information, and either FAX to the CUPE 3550 office at (780) 452-1462, email to or mail the form to the CUPE 3550 office.

  • Information Session:

    Identification for Transfer or Lay-off/Staffing Procedures                                 Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:30 – 6:00 PM                                        at CUPE Local 3550 Office 14207 – 115 Avenue (parking lot on south side of building).                                                Registration deadline: February 7, 2020 Limited seating, register early by calling 780-455-1435 or email

CUPE National Courses

  • CUPE Alberta Regional Office – #300 10235 – 124 Street
  • March 6 & 7, 2020: Harassment and Bullying at Work
  • March 14, 2020: Social Media
  • March 27 & 28, 2020: Transforming Conflict
  • April 3, 4 & 5, 2020: Financial Essentials/Financial Officers
  • May 1 & 2, 2020: Introduction to Stewarding


  • United Way Labour Community Advocate Training Level 2 – Mar. 11 – Apr. 29, 2020, Edmonton
  • United Way Labour Community Advocate Conference – Apr. 17 – 18, 2020, Edmonton


CUPE Alberta Convention – March 17 – 20, 2020  Fort McMurray, Alberta

Canadian Labour Congress Convention – May 4 – 8, 2020  Vancouver, B.C.

CUPE Annual Weeklong School – May 24 – 29, 2020 Red Deer College  


  • Bargaining Solidarity – this is not a ‘learn how to bargain’ workshop, it is for members who want to learn how to use collective bargaining to build union power.
  • Introduction to Human Rights – this course provides members with the opportunity to develop the skills and perspective we need to build a stronger, more inclusive union.
  • Navigating Interpersonal Group Conflict
  • Public Speaking and Parliamentary Procedures – this workshop with help you gain the confidence you need to speak up at a meeting or public event. Parliamentary Procedure workshop is about following rules of order when chairing union meetings (learn about motions, amendments, points of order, etc.)
  • Steward Learning Series (SLS) – in order to register for the SLS workshop, members must have completed the Introduction to Stewarding workshop.

Registration (covered by CUPE Local 3550) covers each participant’s accommodations with breakfast, lunch and supper provided Monday through Thursday (steak/chicken/fish BBQ on Thursday evening) and breakfast and lunch on Friday

  • CLC convention – May 4-8, 2020 Vancouver BC
  • CALM – Canadian Association of Labour Media Conference – June 4 – 6, 2020, Calgary
    • $250.00 Registration
  • Edmonton & District Labour Council Labour School – Oct. 24 – 25, 2020, Edmonton
  • Prairie Weeklong School – June 7-11, Waskesiu, Saskatchewan; 2 incomplete applications received
  • Interested? Fill out the education form and send it to

Check out the webinars and online programs offered at
The Local has 5 subscriptions for our members to use.

Did you know that CUPE Local 3550 will come out and visit schools to provide information on ‘Know Your Collective Agreement’. This can be on early dismissal, non-instructional or PD days. Please call your union office at 780-455-1435 for more information. You must have prior permission from your supervisor.

CUPE Local 3550 offers a number of short professional development courses, through Star12, that can be taken online or as On-Demand webinars. The online courses can be taken during your lunch hour or anytime, any day and at your own time!

If you are interested or require more information, please contact Mabel Ong, 780 455 1435 at the Union office or email:




CUPE Local 3550
14207 115 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5M 3B6

(780) 455 1435

(780) 452 1462


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