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Plain2013 PL is a Member Service CUPE I Boucher


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Plain Language is a Service to Members
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Isabelle Boucher, Education Officer

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Plain2013 PL is a Member Service CUPE I Boucher

  1. 1. Plain language for member engagement Isabelle Boucher Education Officer - Literacy Program
  2. 2. Why Unions use plain  It allows members to understand their rights  It’s inclusive  It’s democratic  It’s participatory  It creates safe & healthy workplaces
  3. 3. Clear language & Literacy Integrating literacy and clear language “Connecting with members strengthens our union as a whole. And the stronger we are, the better equipped we are to do a good job in bargaining and on other key issues we face at the local level and at the national level.” - Paul Moist, CUPE National President
  4. 4. CUPE’s plain language work 1. Clear language workshops – in clear language & on clear language 2. Literacy Working Group 3. Resolutions 4. CUPE Constitution 5. CUPE Model Bylaws 6. Collective Agreements
  5. 5. Clear language workshops  Started to offer a clear language workshop to members in 2001-2002  Clear language training for CUPE staff across Canada
  6. 6. Literacy Working Group  Created in 2000 as part of the Literacy Program  The Literacy Working Group (LWG) helps to guide CUPE's literacy and clear language work.
  7. 7. Resolutions - Traditional  In 2005 and 2007, accepted both formats WHEREAS properly worded and setup resolutions allow for smoother CUPE National Convention; and THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT all chartered organizations be urged to follow the recommended format
  8. 8. Resolutions – Plain  Only accepted format as of 2009 CUPE NATIONAL WILL: Encourage all chartered organizations to use the recommended format for resolutions. BECAUSE: Conventions runs smoother when resolutions are worded and laid out correctly.
  9. 9. CUPE Constitution - 2011 BEFORE 5.1 The government and structure of the organization shall be as follows: (a) The Biennial Convention (b) The National Executive Board (c) The National Executive Committee (d) The National Officers (e) Provincial Divisions (f) District Councils (g) Service Divisions (h) Provincial Unions (i) Local Unions
  10. 10. CUPE Constitution - 2011 AFTER 5.1 Structure The government and structure of the Union is: (a) Convention (b) National Executive Board (c) National Executive Committee (d) National Officers (e) Provincial Divisions (f) District Councils (g) Service Divisions (h) Provincial Unions (i) Local Unions
  11. 11. Model Bylaws - 2013  Rewritten in it’s entirety last year.  It is available on our website.  It’s contains sample policies of what is acceptable according to our National Constitution.
  12. 12. What’s next for CUPE  Sample collective agreement clauses in our database  Collective agreement documents
  13. 13. Check out our website   You will find our clear language game: Lullaby Mission