Education News!


The deadline for applying to the CAW Family Education Program in Port Elgin, Ontario is fast approaching.  Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 22nd, 2013.

The program is an exciting way to spend time with your family while learning more about current issues from a worker's point of view.  All CAW members in good standing are eligible to apply to attend along with their immediate family.  The National Union covers accommodation and meals as well as airline travel (where required).  You contribute your time and enthusiasm.  You do not need to have PEL in your contract to attend the Family Education Program.

The CAW Family Education Program will feature one 2-week French language session and two 1-week English language sessions in 2013:

     Sunday, July 28th through Friday, August 9th - FRENCH LANGUAGE

     Saturday, August 10th through Friday, August 16th - ENGLISH LANGUAGE

     Saturday, August 17th through Friday, August 23rd - ENGLISH LANGUAGE

CLICK HERE for more information or to download an application.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Barrett at 1-800-268-5763, extension 8484, or by e-mail at



If your local hasn't negotiated PEL, you can now use local union funds to send members to Port Elgin.

That's right - and it gets better:  the CAW National Union will split the cost of sending your members to any CAW course in Port Elgin*.

If you already have PEL in your contract, but have insufficient funds, you can still access the 50/50 cost-sharing agreement if you want to send additional members to Port Elgin.*

That's right - you can send members two ways - by using your PEL funds, or by using local union funds.

*All costs associated with sending a member to a program in Port Elgin would be "paid up front" by the local union and then submitted to the National Union for a 50% reimbursement for lost time, travel and expenses (consistent with amounts paid under PEL Bylaws).