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Greg Padulo

Generation 7 - CUSW Member



Paul Deck

Electrician - GDR Unit


Brian Pineo

Electrician - Northern Unit


Scott Fraser

Electrician - Central Unit


Chris Foster

Electrician - GDR Unit


Geoff Denstedt - NEB Liaison

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What a GREAT turnout we had at the Leadership Academy Launch Party!

On January 9th, we held the launch party for the grand opening of the CUSW Leadership Academy. We had over 40 people attend, including the CUSW President Joe Mulhall, Mayor of Oshawa John Henry and Member of Provincial Parliament Jennifer French

We kicked off the party with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included: Joe Mulhall, Mayor John Henry, Rob Palermo, MPP Jennifer French, Councillor Doug Sanders, Councillor Nancy Diamond, and Councillor Bob Chapman. Mayor Henry and MPP French then presented the Leadership Academy with scrolls on behalf of the City of Oshawa and the Province of Ontario

It was great to see some kids out too! They had lots of fun making balloon animals with our special guest Matthew.

Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope to see you again soon as we have lots of great training sessions coming up! 

Visit the Leadership Academy web page to see more of the great photos taken

How is the CUSW negotiating process different from other unions?

At CUSW, it's the Members who sit at the negotiating table - they are the decision makers. Other unions, they tend to send in a union rep to do the negotiating on behalf of Members, without any Member involvement. The question is, who do you think would know more about what is important to Members? Some random union rep or a Member who is participating in the workplace?
CUSW is committed to Member involvement. All Members are encouraged to be a part of the negotiating process. However, this can be an intimidating process. So where do you begin?

That is why has created the Introduction to Negotiations on-line course.  It will help you gain an understanding of Collective Agreements and what the negotiating process is all about. It will also help answer any questions you may have as to what is involved and the type of training that is needed.

So if you are considering participating on your workplace's Negotiating Committee, start by taking this on-line course! 

The CUSW Leadership Academy's grand opening Saturday, January 9, 2016

Drop in between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM to help celebrate the launch of the NEW Leadership Academy training facility in Oshawa. It will be fun for the whole family with kids' activities, munchies and much more! 

The Leadership Academy is located at 330 Marwood Drive Oshawa, ON

Here is a sneak peak: 

We are VERY excited about the Leadership Academy and really hope that you and your family can join us for this exciting day! 

Since we will be having munchies, please let us know if you are able to join in on the festivities. 

Dan Plexman Speaker Promo

While Dan Plexman was working as a CUSW electrical apprentice, he survived a horrific workplace accidentRead more about Dan's story of survival and courage and watch for Dan's story in the on-line CUSW HS Rep course to be released in the New Year. 


What does safety in the workplace mean to you?

Everyone has the right to go home safe at the end of every day

CUSW Members are committed to maintaining a safe workplace for everyone. We all have the right to work in a safe, healthy environment and we all make an effort to eliminate the hazards that can cause accidents and injuries. 

According to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada in 2013 there were a total of 241,933 lost time injuries / diseases in Canada. Isn't that wild? 

So what can we do collectively to improve safety in the workplace? 

Take the Health, Safety and Wellness on-line course, to learn about the CUSW Health and Safety Policy as well as what you can do to ensure that you and your co-workers are ALWAYS working in a safe and healthy environment

As a CUSW Member, do you know what health and benefit coverage as well as retirement plan you have access to?

Has your back been bothering you and a nice therapeutic massage could be the magic trick? Or maybe you are squinting because you need new glasses. Well all of this can be taken care of through your health benefits plan

The Power Sector and Benefit Trust and Retirement Program (PSBT & RT) Trustees oversee the benefit and health plan, as well as retirement plan, that CUSW Members have put into place

It is important that you take time to become familiar with all of the benefits and services available to you and your family through PSBT & RT.

Complete the PSBT on-line course and not only will youlearn about your health and benefits coverage, you will also learn how you can start planning for your future

How do YOU incorporate the CUSW Values & Beliefs into your daily life?

There are 11 CUSW Values & Beliefs which help guide everything that our Members do and any policies that our Members develop. These Values & Beliefs are what Members live by - it is in everything that we do. 

Members respect each other and understand each other's points of view. It is about realizing that we are in the 21st Century and are creating a 21st Century workplace. We need to embrace our differences

CUSW Members have the potential to be the best we can be and are provided with every opportunity to grow professionally. Tom Shaw was not only able to complete his apprenticeship and become a fully licensed electrician, but thanks to the Training Trust Fund he was also able to complete his Electronics Engineering Technicians Diploma from George Brown College.  

To hear more about Tom's story and how each Member lives by these 11 Values & Beliefs each and every day, complete the Values & Beliefs on-line course that is part of the Take the LEAD certification. 

Social researchers and Futurists refer to the 21st Century as the Information Age.

Social researchers and Futurists refer to the 21st Century as the Information Age. 

The role of a Union in the 21st Century is different than what is used to be. The goal is not to control workers in the workplace but to make them a part of the day to day operation and to create leadership roles not only in the workplace but also in the community. 

In the Information Age workers are valued for their contribution to the work that they perform.

To gain more insight on the Information Age and what a 21st Century Union looks like, go to and register for the 21st Century online course. Not only will you earn your badge but you will understand the difference between a traditional union and a 21st Century union

New training facility coming 2016!

Did you know that the CUSW National Training and Education Committee and   are putting together a groovy new training space called The Leadership Academy?

This training space will be available to CUSW Members and Employers who wish to organize training sessions. The space is located at SNDI in Oshawa, ON and will open in January, 2016.

Stay tuned for more details and pics to come soon!

LNG Canada starts $1.5-million fund for skills training in B.C.

A liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat is creating a fund for skills training to spur B.C. residents to vie for jobs promised in the province’s nascent LNG industry.

LNG Canada, a joint venture led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC, is investing $1-million in the trades training fund while another $500,000 will come from the Canada-B.C. job grant program. While the funding is modest in the context of huge industry demand for skills training, the announcement is being touted by the B.C. government as one example of how the province is gearing up for what it expects will be an economic bonanza in exporting LNG to Asia.

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Source: Globe and Mail

Blended Learning 2015: What Does It Look Like? Infographic

Blended learning has grown increasingly popular in the corporate training arena in recent years. With so much technology now available to us, blended learning models can include a number of different methods of learning.

The Blended Learning 2015: What does it look like? Infographic was designed by Interactive Services based on the results of research carried out in 2014. The infographic highlights survey-driven data obtained from senior learning professionals across multiple industries about their views on the topic of blended learning and what they believe the future of learning looks like.

Measure of Success

With an annual training spend of over $140 billion in North America alone, why is so little data available on Return on Investment (RoI) on training? Organizations that measure the impact of their training dollars are few and far between. Is this due to lack of resources, or the unwillingness of a business to acknowledge the inefficacy of its current training model? Who cares if training fails? And what is the opportunity for L&D if we can prove that it works?

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Source: E-Learning Infographics

How Axonify CEO Carol Leaman is turning workplace training into a game

Carol Leaman is a serial entrepreneur who has built several startups into multimillion-dollar companies, including PostRank, RSS Solutions and Fakespace. Her latest venture, Axonify, aims to improve corporate training by making it more like a game.

“What we’ve done is completely transform the way companies deliver knowledge and information to their employees. We wrap the mechanics of video games around core lessons. We can teach anything, whether it’s policies and procedures or a new way to drive sales performance.

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Source: Canadian Business

A safe workplace is a happy workplace!

As an electrician, safety is an important part of the job – not only your safety but the safety of your co-workers and the people around you. Working in high voltage yards, it’s crucial to understand the circuitry to be able to work safely and to keep everyone around you safe as well.

The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association, located in Mississauga, offers atwo day Utility Work Protection Code Certification course. This course will teach you application procedures for work protection, preparation of work protection code forms, tags and tagging procedures and offer a detailed study of the Utility Work Protection Code. Upon completion of this course you will be certified as a holder or issuer of work protection.

This past summer Rob Palermo decided to take this course as he wanted to make sure that his day-to-day work was hazard free for him as well as others in the work place. This was all made possible for Rob because of the Training Trust Fund.

Don’t rely on your employer for your training needs - YOU can decide what training you need in order to advance your own career path.

To know more about the Training Trust Fund check out our FAQ page or send us an email and we will help you get started! 

2015 Mobile Learning Trends Infographic

The 2015 Mobile Learning Trends Infographic explores what role mobiles are playing in shaping up the workplace learning scenario. These trends with mobile learning are evidence to the fact that we are on the brink of a new era of learning – through the mobile device.

Flash to HTML5

For years, Flash has ruled mobile content delivery arena. But it’s high time that content designers shunned the legacy approach and embraced HTML5 – the smarter and faster way to render engaging content such as animations and videos to a whole range of mobile devices.

Device agnostic design approach

Of course, this is both a cause as well as an off shoot from the previous trend. With the number and kinds of devices growing every day, it will be impractical and extremely laborious for organizations to develop native apps. Device agnostic approach to design is helping solve this problem.

Mobile app analytics

In 2015 we can expect to see analytics playing a bigger role in understanding learners’ interaction and behavior with mobile based courses, such as by monitoring app traffic and visualize page-flows.

Multi-screen usage

The study which was conducted among of more than 2,000 people in both the UK and the US shows that as multiple devices become an inseparable part of our lives, shuffling between them has become a norm.

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Source: E-Learning Infographics 

What is your career goal?

Daniel Gayford wanted to take the next step in his career as an electrician – to eventually start his own electrical company. In order to get him started he needed to take the Master Electrician exam. To help him prepare for this exam, Daniel registered for an on-line exam prep course which he was able to do thanks to the Training Trust Fund.

The Master Electrician prep exam course is an on-line course held through that can be completed in 8 to 12 hours. You will learn about proper business practice, worker safety and further your knowledge on electrical code specifically the Ontario code book. They also teach you about high voltage code as well as the logistics that go into starting your own company and how to manage it.  

By having completed this course, Daniel was able to pass the Master Electrician exam and get one step closer to his dream – starting his own company and being his own boss.

Get your Certification in just a few hours!

The Take the LEAD on-line programin now available at our learning centre Use your existing CUSW username and password to enrol (if you’ve forgotten them, or have ANY trouble logging in, head back to the CUSW site to reset your password first – or if troubles persists, call Janet at 1-877-290-5003) and there no cost to Members. Learn from the comfort of your own home or while passing time in a hotel away from home. You can learn anytime, anywhere, everywhere!


Values & Beliefs

There are 11 Values and Beliefs that are part of our Constitution and guide everything that we do and all of the decisions that we make. Complete our new on-line course and by the end, you will know what those 11 Values and Beliefs are and have concrete ideas of how you can "live” them every day and help to reinforce them in others.

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