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Labour School

AUPE Labour School is an annual labour and union education training school for AUPE members who have completed other courses and are active in their component.

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Labour School 2022

Labour School 2022 - Register Now!

Changing World: Our Impact, Our Power

AUPE is planning to welcome 250 members from across Alberta to its 2022 annual Labour School.

Sunday, March 6 to Thursday, March 10, 2022

Jasper Park Lodge

Applications open on September 1, 2021 and the deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.

Apply for Labour School 2022

Use the link below to apply for Labour School. If you have problems applying please contact Megan Atkinson at 1-800-232-7284 (ext. 3341) or

President’s Welcome Message

Headshot of AUPE President Guy Smith


We have all seen the world changing around us in ways we could not have imagined a couple of years ago. The impact of the pandemic has affected us all and has severely restricted what we as a union do best – connect, engage, inspire and work together to take action to make life better for us as workers, our families and our communities.

But it isn’t just the pandemic that is attacking our way of life, our collective security and our well-being. Here in Alberta, the government has undermined the entire province through it’s aggressive and ideological agenda. Workers, students, racialized and equity-seeking groups, rural communities, and average Albertans in general are all experiencing the negative effects of a government that only panders to corporations through job cuts, reduced spending, privatization, and creating social division and discontent.

This has to change! And it will. Albertans will take a stand and fight to take their province back. We as workers, through our collective power and impact, are an important part of this fight on our worksites and in our communities. That’s what this Labour School is all about: providing you with the knowledge, skills and training to not only recognize and understand your strength and solidarity; but how to use it to affect real change for the good of all.

Labour School is the highest level of union education AUPE offers to seasoned, and new, activists and leaders. I want you to think carefully about which of these courses will inspire you, challenge you, and propel you along your learning path to increase your activism and leadership on your worksite, with your fellow workers, and in your union.

In Solidarity,

Guy Smith

President, AUPE

Courses, Frequently Asked Questions, and Safety Protocols

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What courses will AUPE offer?

We will offer five courses at Labour School 2022:

Creative Action

Advanced Occupational Health and Safety

Talking Union

Leadership Essentials

Continuing Education for Stewards

Please click on the links above to view a description of each course.

Applicants should indicate their preferences for courses. You must have completed the prerequisites for your preferred course(s) at the time you register.


How does the selection process work?

Applicants must submit a complete application by no later than Friday, October 1, 2021.

Chapter Chairs will review applicants from their Chapter and recommend candidates by October 22. Local Chairs will review applicants from their Local and recommend candidates by November 5.

AUPE Education will then sort the recommended applicants, and assign members to courses in November, based on the entitlements allocated to each Local as described in the union’s Education Policy 3-11.

AUPE will notify all applicants before December 22, 2021 whether selected, waitlisted, or denied.


Why is AUPE planning a Labour School during a pandemic?

AUPE’s Labour School 2020 ended before the first lockdown. AUPE’s Provincial Executive later cancelled Labour School 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the safety of AUPE members and staff.

Planning for Labour School takes a lot of time and effort. In order to provide the best learning experience possible, we have to start planning now, even though we are currently still encountering the impact of the pandemic.

Of course, we don’t know what this situation will look like next March. So, we will be continuously assessing the level of risk and may need to make changes to adapt to ensure the health, safety and well-being of Labour School students and staff.

Ultimately, our goal is to continue to help develop and support workplace activists, who need union education to show strength and solidarity.


How do I apply?

Use AUPE’s online course registration tool to apply to attend.

Applications open on September 1, 2021 and the deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.

Course pre-requisites must be met by the time you apply. Allow up to half an hour to complete your online application.

If you require assistance or have questions, please contact Megan Atkinson at 1-800-232-7284 (extension 3341) or