Conferences, Events and Education

 Conferences, Events and Education

Every two years the CAW holds our own Pride Conference at our Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. Over 100 LGBT members and allies get together to share strategies for making our workplaces safer and our world more fair. CAW activists also participate in Canadian Labour Congress Pride Conferences and International Workers Out! Conferences held every three years.

Pride Activist - PEL Program April 22-27, 2012

Are you a CAW member who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?  Are you looking for tools to mobilize, organize and take action on issues facing the LGBT community and the union more broadly?  If you are, and you have Paid Education Leave bargained in your contract, we have a great course for you

The CAW Pride Activist course is a one week Paid Education Leave program open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans members in our union. Using a variety of workshops, open forums, and in-class discussions, participants will look at major issues such as hate-based violence, LGBT bullying, and the impact of the current political climate on LGBT equality; participate in hands-on opportunities to engage in current campaigns and international struggles; make plans for increasing our union presence in World AIDS Day, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and Pride events; and develop skills to effect change in the union, the workplace, and the community around LGBT equality issues.

Participants will leave with a strong sense of how to work effectively within the union, and how the union has been, and can be, a vehicle for social change.

If this sounds like the course for you, contact your chairperson or local union leadership for information on registering.  Deadline for registration is March 16th.

Please note this program is not open to registrants that have previously taken the course.

Past Conferences

2013 Pride Conference

Campaign for Equality, April 26-28, 2013. To view and print the call letter please click here

To print your registration and or childcare forms please click here

CAW Pride Conference, Spring 2011

Click here to view the call letter for the CAWPride Conference on May 6-8, 2011.

Workers Out Conference, Vancouver 2011

Every two years LGBT trade union members from around the world gather (at the same time as the World Out Games) to focus on strengthening the rights of LGBT people in our workplaces - including rights for groups facing multiple layers of oppression - women, trans people, people of colour, people with disabilities, migrant workers, precarious workers.  Stay tuned to for details and links to registration.

Pride in Our Union - Paid Education Leave Program, August 9th - 13th, 2010

We launched a one-week Pride in Our Union course at Port Elgin this past summer!  The program was part strategy session and part workshop.  Participants had hands-on opportunities throughout the week to engage in international campaigns, develop written and electronic resources for other LGBT union members and allies, create art, and make plans for increasing our union presence in World AIDS Day, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, workplace anti-bullying campaigns, and Pride events.  We looked at major issues facing the community, including hate-based violence, racism, and health care.   Participants left with a strong sense of how to work effectively within the union, and how the union has been, and can be, a vehicle for social justice in our broader communities.

To read the full report back, click here

Rise Up For Your Rights Conference, December 8th - 11th, 2010 Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian Labour Congress

This is an activist conference, for workers who recognize and are determined to change what Conservative policies mean for aboriginal and racialized communities, for LGBT communities, for people living with disabilities and for women.  This event is also for our allies who understand what the Conservative agenda has in store for communities who don't share their vision.  This will be an important moment for those who want to help build a strong, diverse and inclusive labour movement and it's a chance to act together - politically and strategically. This is about taking back our future as a diverse movement and challenging the Conservative agenda - in our workplaces, in our communities and at the ballot box.

For more information and registration forms, check out:  Apply through your local union.

CAW Pride Conference, Spring 2009

2009 was the fortieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, and the first Canadian approved sex-reassignment surgeries.  And so, for our fifth CAW Pride Conference (May 1st - 3rd) we took on the theme "History Moving Forward". 
Over the course of the weekend delegates examined the strategies and actions that have shaped the LGBT movement in Canada, and we traced the development of our activism.  We asked tough questions about where we are now, what direction we're headed, and how we hold onto and expand on the gains we've made.  Part of our focus was on the relationship between the LGBT and labour movements - where we've made alliances, what the overlaps are, and why 'cross-fertilization' is so important to both movements.  Delegates came away with a greater sense of our history, and of our need to re-consider the importance of a politics not just about equality, but about liberation.

World OutGames 2nd International Conference on LGBT Human Rights, Copenhagen July 27 - 29, 2009

The Conference will bring together LGBT trade union activists from around the world to focus on strengthening specific rights of LGBT people in the workplace, including rights for groups facing multiple layers of discrimination (women, trans people, people of colour, with different abilities, migrant workers).

Creating Safer Workplaces was our CAW Pride Conference theme in 2007. LGBT activists and members from across the country took part in a weekend of politics, culture, strategic planning and fun. For a report on the Conference, see Pride in Print, Spring 2007. Reports on our 2004 and 2002 Conferences are also available in Pride in Print, Summer 2004 and Pride in Print, Summer 2002.

May 17th

May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. 

To learn more, click here