Union Event Ideas

Information Tables

Information tables are a great way to connect with members, raise awareness of campaigns and promote union activities. Book a space in the lobby of your office building by contacting building management, or ask to set one up in the lunch room. Campaign materials can be ordered by emailing bettertogether@pipsc.ca.

Community Events

Unions do much more than protect your rights in the workplace. Consider organizing a community activity in support of a worthy cause and ask your fellow union members to join. It’s a great way to engage members and promote the value of unions and public services to the community.

Lunch-and-Learn Presentations

Want to educate your colleagues about a burning issue? Connect with members by hosting a presentation on issues and concerns being raised by PIPSC. There are always stewards and Institute experts available to speak. Book a space in your office and order some lunch for everyone.

Leafleting/Plant Gating

Grab a friend or two and hand out some PIPSC information leaflets where you’re sure to get a lot of foot traffic – outside work. This is a good way to get concise information to members.

Labour Day Parade

PIPSC members participate in Labour Day events across the country each September. Join an existing Labour Day parade or lead one in your own community! Contact your local Labour Council for information on how you can get involved.

Coffee Breaks with Union Members

Turn coffee breaks into solidarity breaks! Organize routine coffee or snack breaks to engage other members. Grab some coffee, pick an issue of concern, and make breaks Better Together!

Promote Human Rights

PIPSC, like Canada, is comprised of people from many different backgrounds and cultures. Celebrate diversity and inclusiveness by promoting an important human rights day. Visit the PIPSC website for a list of dates celebrated by the Institute.

Mentorship Events

It’s important for experienced leaders to share the skills and lessons they’ve gained over the years with new and younger workers. Promote the exchange of knowledge: organize a creative event to educate and engage new activists.

Young Professionals Event (reserved for members 40 and under)

Millennials currently make up 25% of PIPSC’s membership, and their numbers are increasing each year. Now is the time to support these emerging leaders. Contact your Regional Director to find out who are the Young Worker Representative(s) in your region, and consider hosting a PIPSC young professionals event.

Phone Tree Event

Phone trees are a great way to share important information with members. Just gather some volunteers, write a short union script, and start calling. Be sure to call people at a time when they’re likely to be home, such as early evening. If they don’t pick up, call back at the same time the next day. If they still don’t answer, leave a message.

Promotion of Mental Health

Promoting workplace wellness is a priority. PIPSC has a new Mental Health Resource Guide that you can distribute in your workplace or post to your union bulletin board. You can download the guide from the Member Tools section of www.pipsc.ca.

Sports Tournaments

Find a gym or an outdoor space and organize a friendly tournament. You can make this a lunchtime event or family-friendly weekend activity for everyone to enjoy. Many schools and universities offer space to rent on evenings and weekends.

LGBTQ+ Events

PIPSC members participate in Pride events across Canada every year. These are fun events and great opportunities to discuss equality and inclusion in the workplace. Talk to your colleagues about walking together in the next Pride parade under a PIPSC banner, or consider fundraising for a local community group.


Rallies are an opportunity to demonstrate union and public support for or against an issue. A good rally will always have a strong purpose, goal, and strategy. Talk with your group and/or subgroup president(s) when your group wants to organize one.