CUPE Integrates Literacy: A Canadian Labour Congress Case Study (2007)

This document outlines how the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has integrated literacy and clear language into the life of the union.

The authors explain that in this context, “integration” means working towards a time when a literacy and clear language lens is applied to planning, strategizing, implementing, and evaluating everything the union does.

The first phase the process involved getting literacy on CUPE’s radar. While union locals and staff were involved in a number of innovative programs during the late 1980s and 1990s, it was not until its national convention in 2001 that CUPE passed a resolution formally affirming its support for literacy.

The second phase involved building awareness and support for literacy and clear language in the union by building partnerships with other organizations; gathering resources; creating a national literacy reference group; and getting leadership involved.

In the third phase, beginning in 2003, CUPE’s national literacy program became more intentional about integrating literacy and clear language into the ongoing activities of the union. While the basic skills aspects of literacy would remain central, adopting an integration approach opened up the possibility for literacy and clear language to penetrate more deeply into new and previously unconnected areas within CUPE.

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Canadian Labour Congress, Bev Burke and Jean Connon-Unda. CUPE Integrates Literacy: A Canadian Labour Congress Case Study 2007. Web. 17 Jan. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cupe/cupe_integrates/cupe_integrates.pdf>
Canadian Labour Congress, Bev Burke & Jean Connon-Unda (2007). CUPE Integrates Literacy: A Canadian Labour Congress Case Study. Retrieved January 17, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cupe/cupe_integrates/cupe_integrates.pdf
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