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Starting in 1997, CPAA’s National Training and Education Committee has organized an educational opportunity, “Just For You,” for members every year apart from the Triennial Convention year. Fifty participants are chosen to attend a three-day training course at one of four locations across Canada. At Just For You, members increase their knowledge of our Collective Agreement as well as relevant legislation such as the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the Canada Labour Code. They learn the union basics and build the skills to be more active and empowered CPAA members.
On March 1, the CPAA Board of Director made the difficult decision to cancel the planned Just For You training sessions we had hoped to offer in 2021. Members will remember that the 2020 sessions were similarly cancelled because of the pandemic. Unfortunately, vaccines are only now being made available to vulnerable and high-risk Canadians, and this as we are increasingly hearing of a third wave, driven by Covid-19 variants. There is also the fact that at time of writing this article, inter-province travel is only allowed with two weeks of quarantine.
Under these conditions, it is impossible for us to plan training sessions where we typically bring members from different regions or provinces and territories.
Therefore, the CPAA Board of Director decided that two sessions of Just For You will be held in 2022 and also 2024. This will ensure that members who could not apply for the popular training sessions in 2020 and 2021, will not be left out.
Please be sure to look for the Just For You application bulletin that will be inserted in the Spring 2022 issue of The Canadian Postmaster.
From October 23-25th, 2018, 50 CPAA members participated in the Just for You program, which covers the history and structure of our union as well as our legal rights, important information, skills such as public speaking, and more. Photo from the Maritimes session.
A limited number of individual applications for training to the CPAA Education Fund are also considered each year. Individual requests for union-related training can also be sent to the Training and Education Committee using this form.