Announcements & Events
2020 is an Election Year!
2020 is an Election and Appointment year at CUSW - and you play an important role in the entire process.
As a Member of CUSW, you can participate and have a voice in all aspects of the union and your workplace, including casting your vote in elections.
Between January and March 2020, Workplace Elections will be taking place. During this time each Bargaining Unit will elect a member into the roles of Steward and Health and Safety Representative.
Have you thought about taking on a leadership role? Get to know what each role is all about on the Elections page – be sure to check out the links including 15 minute courses detailing what's involved in each of these important positions.
Convention Delegates Vote to Affiliate with the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU)
L to R: Joe Mulhall, Mike Belanger (CCU), Kelly Johnson (President, CCU), BIll Gilroy, Geoff Denstedt
We’re thrilled to announce our affiliation with the Confederation of Canadian Unions, Canada’s largest federation of independent labour unions.
In the CCU, we are affiliating with an organization closely aligned with our own values and beliefs. The CCU brings several decades worth of experience in the labour movement. Its expertise ranges from lobbying all levels of Government and supporting affiliates in labour disputes, to providing in-depth labour training for elected reps.
We are excited to embark on this next stage of CUSW’s growth and development with the CCU as a partner.
Learn more about the CCU on their website:
CUSW Office Move
As of Saturday, December 2nd, our new office address for CUSW, PSBT and PSRT is:
10 Carlson Court
CUSW Has a New President!
The National Board elections took place on Friday, June 30th. After 18 years as President, and one of the founding Members of CUSW, Joe Mulhall decided to retire. His leadership and dedication to making CUSW a 21st Century union is why we are all here today. Thank you Joe, for your vision, guidance and commitment!
CUSW is excited to announce that Geoff Denstedt has been elected as the new President!
For a complete listing of the National Board election results, download the offical results download the official results.
AllianceLearning.ca New Courses Released
A total of 46 new online career boosting courses have been released at AllianceLearning.ca. As a CUSW member, you are entitled to a 75% reimbursement from the Training Trust Fund, taking the cost of each course to a low $10. Learn more about the Training Trust here.
Visit AllianceLearning.ca for a list of courses.
3 New E-Learning Courses Launched to CUSW Members
We’re excited to announce the launch of 3 new courses, open to CUSW members. Members can access the courses using their CUSW sign in.
Workplace HS Rep
Learn all about the role of the Workplace HS Rep in this NEW one-hour on-line course! As we head towards an election year in CUSW, this course is very timely since one of the first elections of the year will be for your Workplace Health and Safety Representative. In this one-hour course, you will learn all about the role of the Workplace HS Rep as well as the skills needed and the duties required.
Sign into AllianceLearning using your regular CUSW user ID and password and look for this new course under the “HS Rep Specific” tab.
This 45-minute course is perfect for Members who want to learn more about what is involved in the negotiation process. You will learn about the history of how Collective Agreements and the right of Canadians to bargain collectively with their employers came to be. This is the perfect place to start if you have an interest in participating on your workplace's Negotiating Committee.
Negotiating a Collective Agreement
If you are interested in stepping forward to participate on your workplace's Negotiating Committee, this course is for you! During this 60-minute on-line course you will learn about: negotiating strategies; the components of a Collective Agreement; determining the purpose and scope of an agreement; and an introduction to the terminology used in Collective Agreements.
Please Note: this on-line course is a pre-requisite to the face-to-face training that is provided by the National Negotiating Committee.
How to access
To watch a 6 minute video that will take you through the steps to access Take the LEAD on-line and other learning programs available through the AllianceLearning.ca platform, click here.
CUSW Members Participate in Bruce Power Aboriginal Employment and Business Forum
This past spring, CUSW members participated in an important event in Owen Sound. The Bruce Power Aboriginal Employment and Business Forum is an annual event where local Aboriginal people can learn about careers in Ontario's electricity sector. As members representing CUSW, Jarrod and Jason were able to discuss our Apprenticeship program and how to apply to become an apprentice with interested attendees.
For more info on the event, visit this link.
Bruce Unit Donates to the Grey Bruce Hospice Facility Project
Congratulations to the Bruce Unit on raising $4500 for the Grey Bruce Hospice project!
The project began in Spring 2016 and is on it's way to building Chapman House – a community-owned and operated, permanent, free-standing residential hospice.
Learn more about the project and get information on how you can donate here: Grey Bruce Hospice
CUSW Members Profiled in Ontario Construction Report
Get to know CUSW members, Nadine and Pauline through these excellent profiles in the weekly Ontario Construction Report eLetter.
(Flip to pages 4 and 5 to read the profiles).
CUSW Welcomes New Canadians at Skills For Change in Brampton
In February, CUSW members presented CUSW to a group of new Canadian electricians graduating from Humber College’s bridging program. The program, sponsored by Skills for Change and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, helps new Canadians get certified with their (309A) and (442) Certificates of Qualification.
CUSW has a long-standing partnership with Skills for Change, with many tradespeople eventually becoming CUSW Members.
Skills for Change is an organization that mentors and helps new Canadians find meaningful employment based on skills and experience from their home countries.
Find out more about Skills for Change.