How to apply:
The theme of this year’s union school is “Public and Proud! Building Union Resistance to Privatization.” Our goal is to organize and mobilize members of our union and our communities and build an agenda of resistance to the privatization of public services.
Working hand in hand with other members of our locals, our unions and communities around the world, we will implement a People First Agenda that puts People before Profits. Our people first agenda identifies that quality public services are essential in building strong communities and inclusive societies.
This theme represents the critical struggle being waged in our union, in our communities and globally to defend quality public services and resist the enormously destructive impact of privatization on workers and people around the world.
Plenary sessions and guest speakers will demonstrate the links between defending quality public services and the rights of our members and other workers and people around the world.
This thread will be woven throughout all four of our courses.
What is the Union School?
Union training at its best! It is an opportunity fo r active PSAC members to gain more specialized knowledge and skills. You will network with other members from BC and return to your workplaces and locals energized and educated to work on behalf of the membership.
What training is being offered?
Selected applicants will attend one course: please see the descriptions below. Also, there will be a number of plenary sessions on our theme: Public and Proud. There will be 80 seats available at the School — a number of them are reserved for members from outside the Lower Mainland and from equity groups. Locals are encouraged to start now to identify a team of members who should be attending.
Registration is at 10:30 AM, Friday November 2nd at the Hilton Hotel Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby. The school will begin immediately following registration, and will close at 4:00 PM, Sunday, November 4th
Costs and expenses:
There is no cost to PSAC members. Participants from outside the Lower Mainland will be in authorized travel status – transportation, accommodation, meals and incidentals will be paid in accordance with PSAC policy. To improve access to training for members with family care responsibilities, the PSAC has a family care allowance policy. Contact your Regional Office for more information.
How to apply:
Our Community, Our Union, and Our Rights
This course is an initiative of the PSAC NAIM (National Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis) Circle and is being offered in every PSAC region.
The course will provide an opportunity for new and active PSAC Aboriginal members to network and develop skills for activism within the Union movement.
Together we will examine the structure, resources and decision-making processes within the PSAC and learn about the role of the Union in advancing Aboriginal Rights.
Participants will also identify ways in which they can become more active in the PSAC through their national, regional and local structures/bodies so that they can empower themselves and effect change in their workplaces, communities and Union.
Please note: this course is only open to members who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit)
Defending Our Communities – Resisting Globalization
Profit before people? Or People before Profits?
The union agenda = People before Profits
How can we build resistance to a corporate agenda that puts profits before people? How can we fight back against the forces of globalization and take back our communities, both locally and globally?
Join other union activists for this exciting new course and help build a workers’ agenda of resistance to globalization.
Together, we will identify the ways in which globalization impacts our lives and the lives of workers around the world. We will develop strategies to resist globalization and create a collective vision of social justice. We will also look at the role of the union and the regional International Solidarity Committee in achieving this vision.
Please note: This course is for PSAC activists who are currently engaged in, or are interested in engaging in anti-globalization and international solidarity work on behalf of the union through regional structures such as the International Solidarity Committee.
Duty to Accommodate
What is the Duty to Accommodate? What are the roles of employers, unions and individuals requesting accommodation? Should we wait for individual requests or are there things we should be doing that anticipate accommodation needs of workers? Is there legislation and case law we need to know about? What are some examples of measures we should be actively promoting at the workplace and within the union?
This course will look at what the law says about the Duty to Accommodate in the workplace by examining recent cases. Our rights in this area and our ability to enforce these rights have serious ramifications for the members, the union, and the employer.
Participants will develop skills in: recognizing and identifying accommodation issues in the workplace, understanding needs to be met, and negotiating accommodations with the employer on behalf of members. Together, we will discuss the Return to Work process and identify the amount of information and the different kinds of information members and union representatives are required to disclose to the employer.
Health and Safety Level II
This advanced Occupational Health & Safety Course has been designed to allow workplace Health and Safety committee members, worker representatives and activists to develop tools, resources and strategies to tackle more complex Health and Safety issues in their workplaces.
The course will explore the general concepts of legislation relevant to the safety field and through a comprehensive review of the Canada Labour Code Part II, will set the tone for introducing the concepts of workers’ compensation, safety regulation, due diligence, consultation and enforcement.
Together we will learn how to successfully use the Joint Health and Safety Committees to eliminate or reduce the hazards and risks associated with several work processes and understand the key elements of an effective Health and Safety program such as: union/employee involvement, communications, education and training, and active Joint Workplace Health and Safety committees.
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