District 3 Summer School

District 3 Summer School


District 3 will be holding the weeklong Summer School at the Trickle Creek Lodge & Kimberly Alpine Resort on June 9 -14, 2019

I am pleased to announce the following courses will be offered this year:


This advanced grievance handling course will cover how to strategize for the final grievance meeting and look at how to resolve, withdraw, or move forward. Participants will learn how to use research to determine if they have a case to move forward, and how to prepare their case. If you have a laptop, please bring it to the course.

PREREQUISITE: Participants must have completed the Stewards for Action course (Level 2).

NOTE: If you have access to a laptop please bring it with you. If your local has access to Labour Spectrum, please make sure you can access it.


This is an advanced course that is for experienced bargaining committee members. Participants will practice leading bargaining, review legal requirements and prepare workplace campaigns. The course will focus on best practices and will include in depth case studies. This course is for local union presidents, business agents and local union staff.


This course offers an opportunity to learn new skills and strategies for Steelworker activists to use in joint labour-management committees and as a shop steward. This course is designed for new and experienced activists that would like to learn about union-management relations, traditional and modern management theories and systems, and the history of work organization. Communication skills, group dynamics training, and conflict resolution skills will be emphasized. The course offers hands-on practice sessions in skill-building techniques so that you will be as comfortable in the boardroom as you are at a union meeting.


Steelworkers are leaders inside and outside of our workplaces: protecting workers’ rights, speaking out for change, and motivating and encouraging the participation of members at work, in our communities and through political action. Leadership for Action will help you develop leadership skills, building on your strengths to communicate effectively with members to build solidarity. Sessions focus on leadership styles, presentation skills, strategic planning, campaign management, mentoring, problem-solving and conflict resolution.


This course is designed to acquaint participants with provincial health and safety law along with Part II of the Canada Labour Code, its regulations, related laws, occupational health, principle of controls, workplace inspections, accident and incident investigations and other knowledge relevant to the duties of workplace committee members or health and safety representatives.


Steelworkers are dealing with the consequences of globalization. Across the union, our members are negotiating with large multinationals for which Canadian workplaces are but a small part of their global operation. Consequences of this leave our members reeling from job losses brought on by free trade agreements, facing environmental degradation as the legacy of reckless resource extraction and long standing regulations that protect workers are eliminated. This course will look at the ideas sustaining this model of globalization, the tools utilized by employers and governments to gain support from workers and communities, the response from unions at the bargaining table and in politics, and the alternatives for a model of development rooted in global justice.

The school commences with registration on Sunday, June 9th and continues until noon on Friday, June 14th. Registration is $1100.00 per person (multiple occupancy – no single or family accommodation available). Registration fees include all meals from Sunday evening to Friday lunch.

For those students new to our school we will be holding an orientation session in the Stemwinder from 3pm – 4pm and a “Welcome” barbeque for all at 6pm.

Please see the registration form and course outlines.  One form must be completed for each local union delegate and submitted to the District 3 office, with the registration fee, no later than May 13, 2019.

We look forward to your Local's participation in this year’s school.

Robbie Kilbride Scholarship

In memory of Brother Kilbride, District 3 Director Stephen Hunt is offering a scholarship to a local union member who wants to participate in the Advanced Arbitration.

To apply for this scholarship you are asked to write a 300-word essay on: “Factors to consider when making the decision to move forward in advancing a grievance”. The essay is to be sent to the District 3 office no later than May 13, 2019 along with a completed registration form and registration fee of $1100.00. The local of the successful applicant will be reimbursed the registration fee.

Brother Robbie Kilbride passed away on June 7, 2004, leaving behind a long legacy of participation in the District 3 Summer Schools. His years of dedication to the Arbitration course have left his mark not only on the course but also on the hundreds of students who witnessed Robbie at his finest in the classroom. When it came to instructing others and mentoring Shop Stewards, Robbie was an accomplished teacher.
Robbie started his career at IPSCO in Port Moody, BC as a member of Local 5404 in 1974. Robbie held many positions in his local, including President. When IPSCO closed its operation in 1989, Robbie became an Organizer for the Steelworkers.

In June of 1990, Robbie became a Staff Representative and was assigned to service in Kimberley, BC. His skills at the bargaining table and before an Arbitration Board assisted him to carry the local unions in the area through some difficult times. His passion was doing arbitrations and he was widely known and respected for his abilities by trade unionists, as well as employers and the lawyers he went up against.

In June of 1995, Robbie was assigned to the Trail, BC office where he remained until 2000, when he was transferred to the Winnipeg office and became the Area Supervisor. He was also the District 3 Health and Safety Coordinator and a member of the National Health and Safety Committee. Robbie was an active member of the NDP and sat on the Manitoba Federation of Labour.

Download the registration form