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The Education Committee of the PSAC BC Regional council invite you to the launch of George Lakey’s new book – “Facilitating Group Learning: Strategies For Success With Adult Learners”. George is a popular educator whose tools and methods continue to be extensively used in PSAC education materials and by other unions and community groups.

  • People’s Co-op Book Store, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Wednesday March 9, 7PM
  • Download a poster here (.pdf)

As an activist and facilitator, George Lakey has worked over the years with Canadian activist groups, NGOS, and labour unions, from Nova Scotia to B.C. Lakey was smuggled across the border to the Burmese jungle to teach in a “jungle university” located in a guerrilla encampment, led the training for coal miners in their successful strike against Pittston Coal Company in Appalachia, and led peacekeeper training in South Africa for the African National Congress during the lead-up to the revolutionary elections of 1991 that ended apartheid. His work in leading over 1500 workshops on five continents is reflected in his new book. Lakey co-founded Training for Change in Philadelphia, which in two decades has led training in over 20 countries. In his new book he presents the core principles and proven techniques of direct education. Unlike other books on group facilitation, Lakey emphasizes critical issues related to diversity, as well as authenticity and emotions.

Federal Health & Safety Committee Training

  • March 9-10, 2011
  • Vancouver Airport Domestic Terminal – Room 4185, 4th Floor
  • To Register visit www.healthandsafetybc.ca
  • Registration Deadline: February 23, 2011
  • Course Cost: $125.00 per person

This program aims to prepare workers and other workplace parties in the Federal jurisdiction to play an active and confident role on joint committees. Participants will discuss and develop strategies to improve working conditions through the joint committee structure. They will review relevant legislation, principles of control along with processes and strategies for inspections and investigations. The legal requirements for the development and implementation of hazard prevention programs in workplaces under federal jurisdiction is also reviewed.

In order to reserve your seat your course fees must be received 7 days prior to the course date. The minimum course size is 10 participants. Courses will be cancelled prior to course date if the minimum number is not registered. Refunds will be issued with 7 days cancellation notice only.

The PSAC BC Winter/Spring weekend course schedule for Vancouver, Abbotsford, and the Island has been announced! All courses start at 9AM and end at 4:30PM, unless otherwise noted, and are scent free events.

Here are the course descriptions and the online application form. Apply today!

Upcoming courses in the Lower Mainland - click on the location for a map
Course Date Location Facilitator
WINTER/SPRING 2011
Talking Union Basics Feb. 19-20
Vancouver RO TBA
Understanding and Interpreting the Collective Agreement March 12
application deadline: Feb 25
Vancouver RO TBA
Local Officers Seminar March 13
application deadline: Feb 25
Vancouver RO TBA
If People Counted: Economics Through a Union Lens Apr. 30-May 1
application deadline: April 8
Vancouver RO TBA
Grievance Handling May 28-29
application deadline: May 6
Vancouver RO TBA
Health and Safety: Canada Labour Code Pt II June 11
application deadline: May 20
Vancouver RO TBA
Duty to Accommodate June 12
application deadline: May 20
Vancouver RO TBA
Upcoming courses in the East Fraser Valley - click on the location for a map
Course Date Location Facilitator
Talking Union Basics Jan. 29-30 Ramada Abbotsford Janelle Ho-Shing
Grievance Handling March 5-6
application deadline: Feb 11
Ramada Abbotsford Janelle Ho-Shing
Upcoming courses on Vancouver Island - click on the location for a map
Course Date Location Facilitator
Talking Union Basics January 28,29 Victoria RO Dave Jackson
Convention Procedures/Preparedness February 5 Victoria RO Dave Jackson
Talking Union Basics February 18,19 Nanaimo Dave Jackson
Grievance Handling March 12,13 Courtenay Dave Jackson
Grievance Handling April 15,16 Victoria RO Dave Jackson
Duty to Accommodate May 28 Victoria RO Dave Jackson
H&S / Duty to Accommodate July 9,10 Ucluelet Dave Jackson

The theme of this year’s union school is “Building a People’s Economy – Creating Alternatives for Economic and Environmental Change!” Our goal is to address the many issues facing our members and other workers in Canada and around the world in the regards to the current state of the economy – job cutbacks, pension reductions, funding cuts to public and social services etc. – and look at viable alternatives that address the environment and promote sustainability and equality for all.

What is the Union School?

Union Education at its best! The Union School is open to all members and brings you the most cutting edge analysis in the region regarding current trends and issues facing our members and workers in general while providing you with on the ground, comprehensive education on issues like Health and Safety, Becoming a Steward and much much more.

It’s a unique and incredible opportunity for you to gain more specialized knowledge and skills while networking with other members from across the BC Region so that you can return to your workplaces and locals energized and ready to empower other members!

How to apply

Apply on-line here or download an application form (pdf) and mail or fax it back to the Vancouver RO. The application deadline is October 4th, 2010.

via email, from Erica Yang – PSAC Youth Outreach Worker

“The New Steward! A Young Worker Focus ” Union School course is filling up quickly.

If you ever:

  • Wonder what we mean when we say “I’m Union!”?
  • Want to find out more about what it means to be a Union member of the PSAC?
  • Want to understand your rights as a worker?
  • Want to have free and powerful education with lots of fun?
  • Want to see how you can be the support and the voice for your fellow workers, and what it takes to accomplish that?
  • Want to meet other young members and expand your work social network?
  • Want to know what other young members are dealing with at their work places?
  • Want to have a breakthrough in having your leadership shine brighter than ever?

If your answer is YES to any of the questions above, then seriously look no further and wait no more!  This course is for you! Visit the Union School page and sign up online for the course right now. The application deadline is this coming Monday, October 4th, 2010.

Grab a friend to come with you! The whole learning experience will be more awesome for you.

  • Course date: November 5th-7th, 2010
  • Location: Metrotown Hilton Hotel

I also want to invite you to fill out the form online and self-identify as a Youth member if you are interested in being a part of the Youth Caucus and/or being contacted for future youth activities. Fee free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Building a People’s Economy – Creating Alternatives for Economic and Environmental Change!

The current state of the economy and the economic crisis has raised many questions for PSAC members and other workers in Canada and around the world. Unemployment is rising, public service pensions are on the chopping block and the new federal budget is resulting in critical changes and cutbacks in our members’ jobs and the gutting of much needed public and social services. This is all taking place at a time when our environment is at risk and Canada’s lack of action in addressing climate change at Copenhagen and in the global arena in general is coming under question.

While this is a challenging time for all of us, it is also a unique opportunity to build new alternatives and ask some key questions.

Join us and help build a People’s Economy and create alternatives for economic and environmental change!

What is the Union School?

Union Education at its best! The Union School is open to all members and brings you the most cutting edge analysis in the region regarding current trends and issues facing our members and workers in general while providing you with on the ground, comprehensive education on issues like Health and Safety, Becoming a Steward and much much more.

It’s a unique and incredible opportunity for you to gain more specialized knowledge and skills while networking with other members from across the BC Region so that you can return to your workplaces and locals energized and ready to empower other members!

The school is one of our most popular events, with limited seating. Seats fill up very fast so be sure to register right away!

Click for more information, course descriptions, and online registration.

Register now for PSAC’s first on-line Webinar!

Topic: What does the Federal Budget mean for public services and public service workers

Dates:

You are invited to participate in PSAC’s first webinar – an online information session to find out more about the recent federal budget and what PSAC is planning to do about it.

The session will include a presentation by David Macdonald from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives focusing on the fallout from the budget and its impact on the public service. This will be followed by a presentation on PSAC’s campaign to protect public services.

Participants will be given the opportunity to address questions to the presenter.

To participate in this session all you need a telephone and a computer with Internet access. To register, please click on the links above. Note: the session will be recorded for later viewing but registration is still neccessary.

Finally the program is open. For those who are new in applying for a PSAC scholarship – greetings! And for those who have applied before – welcome back!

We have made significant changes to the program this year:

  • there is a new deadline – June 30, 2010
  • there are more awards for PSAC members who are returning to school
  • and there is new way of applying – directly on-line

This year’s scholarship question is a little different – contact your nearest RO for some assistance getting in touch with a PSAC steward, look for one in your workplace, or consider becoming one yourself.

Union stewards are the front-line heroes of the labour movement. In addition to their regular jobs, they also volunteer to represent their union in the workplace. They help members file grievances, they sit on union-management committees, and they share information about PSAC’s campaigns and actions in the workplace.

PSAC will be spending the next year highlighting the amazing – and often unrecognized – work that union stewards do every day.

Applicants to the PSAC Scholarship Program are asked to

For more information, and to apply online, visit the national website.

Public Speaking & Effective Lobbying
Wednesdays, April 21 to May 12, 7 to 9 pm
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

Registration – $50 for 4 sessions (no one will be turned away)

Contact Keziah at the VDLC office to register – 604-254-0703

Course Outline:
Week 1 (April 21)
Effective Speeches – How to determine key points, prepare your notes, and present your message
Week 2 (April 28)
Successful media work – From message boxes to camera comfort
Week 3 (May 5)
Theatre techniques to assist your presentation – breathing, projection, and other tips
Week 4 (May 12)
Lobbying skills – How to make the most of meetings with politicians of all stripes

Federal Health & Safety Committee Training – delivered by the BC Federation of Labour Health & Safety Centre

  • Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street
  • June 1 & 2, 2010 – 8:30 am–4:30 pm
  • Course Cost: $150.00 for 2 days

This two-day course aims to prepare workers in the Federal jurisdiction to play an active and confident role on their workplace Joint OH&S Committees.

Participants will discuss and develop strategies to improve working conditions through the Joint Committee structure. They will review relevant legislation, principles of control along with processes and strategies for inspections and investigations. The legal requirements for the development and implementation of hazard prevention programs in workplaces under Federal jurisdiction is also reviewed.

To register or for more information contact the BC Fed Health and Safety Centre toll free at 1-888-223-5669, 604-430-1421 in Vancouver, or visit bcfed.ca.

Why is occupational health & safety training essential?

It saves lives. British Columbia workers go to their grave each year as a direct result of workplace hazards. More die annually from cancer and other diseases caused by hazardous workplace exposures.

It prevents injuries and illnesses. Thousands suffer workplace injuries or develop work-related illnesses each year in BC. In 2008 there were 160 accepted fatality claims and 2.8 million total days lost from work due to injury and illness.

It is a sound economic and social investment. Injuries, occupational illnesses and fatalities affect the bottom line of any business – the average lost-time injury in BC costs $98,000 and the social costs associated with pain and suffering experienced by affected workers, their families and their communities can never be adequately gauged.

The BC Federation of Labour has just released their Occupational Health & Safety course schedule for the spring/summer. Visit bcfed.com for  course descriptions and more information.

The Education schedule has been updated with courses scheduled in Abbotsford and Prince Rupert!

Upcoming courses in the Fraser Valley - click on the location for a map
Course Date Location Facilitator
Talking Union Basics Feb 20,21
application deadline: Feb 1
Ramada Inn, Abbotsford Janelle Ho-Shing
Facing Management April 17
application deadline: Mar 29
Ramada Inn, Abbotsford Janelle Ho-Shing
Understanding & Interpreting the CA April 18
application deadline: Mar 29
Ramada Inn, Abbotsford Janelle Ho-Shing
Upcoming courses in the North of BC - click on the location for a map
Course Date Location Facilitator
Grievance Handling March 13,14
application deadline: Aug 30
Crest Hotel, Prince Rupert Colette Savarie
Health & Safety Course April 17,18
application deadline: Mar 29
Crest Hotel, Prince Rupert Colette Savarie

Check out the entire schedule for the province and/or  apply for these courses online.

just a binderThe 2010 weekend course schedule for Vancouver and Vancouver Island has been posted in the education section. We are in the process of scheduling courses in the Valley, North BC and the Interior – check back or sign up for the monthy emailout to be notified when those schedules are available.

A few upcoming courses …

  • Talking Union Basics – Jan 22, 23 in Victoria
  • Talking Union Basics – Feb 6,7 in Vancouver
  • Understanding & Interpreting the Collective Agreement – Feb 27 in Nanaimo
  • *Bargaining From Strength – March 20,21 in Vancouver*
  • Understanding and Interpreting the CA – April 10 in Vancouver
  • Understanding & Interpreting the Collective Agreement – April 10 in Courtenay
  • Grievance Handling – May 15, 16 in Vancouver DATE AMENDED
  • Understanding & Interpreting the Collective Agreement – May 15 in Victoria

Visit the education page for the entire 2010 schedule and apply on-line here.  Here are the course descriptions.

*We are happy to offer the Bargaining from Strength course for the first time in BC!*

Want to get more information about the Collective Bargaining process and how it affects you? Wondering how it all works and how you can get more involved? Ever pondered the connections between bargaining and the larger political context? Understanding and being involved with the Collective Bargaining Process is essential for all union activists.

This 2 day course will provide an overview of the Collective Bargaining process and how it connects to broader global, economic and political context and more specifically to the union’s work on Political Action.

Please note the CLC Labour College application deadline has been extended to July 24, 2009. Information and application forms are available on the CLC website.

The Union Development Program (UDP) – PSAC BC Region

  • Level One: December 1st  December 5th, 2009. Metrotown Hilton, Burnaby
  • Level Two: January 31st  February 5th, 2010. CLC Winter School, Harrison Hot Springs
  • Level Three: April 26th  May 1st, 2010. Metrotown Hilton, Burnaby

02075_189_195bThe Union Development Program (UDP) is a sixteen-day intensive education program designed to develop the leadership skills of emerging union activists. The UDP includes three levels of learning events [UDP 1, UDP 2 and UDP 3] with specific leadership assignments in between. The complete program takes place over a 5 month period.

UDP 1:  At the Workplace  focuses on building the union at the Local level. At UDP 1, we explore union principles and we look at how privilege and oppression impacts us, our family, our community, our workplaces and the union. We analyze dynamic models of engaging and organizing members, develop effective communication strategies, practice public speaking, develop strategic planning skills and plan inclusive and strategic workplace actions.

UDP 2: Labours Role in Society deals with labour’s role in the social and economic fabric of our society. At UDP 2, we discuss the roots of racism and its impact. We look at our union’s history and the history of the Canadian labour movement. We explore ways of navigating and participating in the PSAC, discuss the impact of the economy on labour and society, and we look at how labour operates nationally and internationally.

UDP 3: Leadership in Action focuses on building and sustaining activism in the union. We are inspired by the work of other union and social justice activists. We look more closely at how to develop ourselves as union activists: building on leadership skills and looking at healthy ways to sustain our energies. At UDP 3, the participant becomes the facilitator through development and delivery of interactive presentations on current issues requiring action. The course highlights a mock convention where we practice our political skills and model union democracy. UDP 3 is our springboard to increased activism. We will wind up by planning and celebrating our role in building the future of the union.

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PSAC BC and the TB JCTC are co-sponsoring 3 courses to take place during National Public Service Week.

  • INTERPRETING THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT
  • UBC Robson Square (800 Robson Street, Vancouver)
  • Tuesday, June 16 (8:00 – 16:00) Room C215
  • Workshop # 90215
  • INTERPRETING THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT
  • Ramada Inn (36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford)
  • Tuesday, June 16 (8:00 – 16:00)
  • Workshop # 90226
  • EMPLOYMENT EQUITY
  • UBC Robson Square (800 Robson Street, Vancouver)
  • Tuesday, June 16 (8:00 – 16:00) Room C225
  • Workshop # 90216

For more details, and to apply online, visit the JLP website.

Wednesday, September 30th – Sunday, October 4th, 2009, Metrotown Hilton

Application Deadline: June 30th, 2009 (late applications will not be accepted).

Please note: The LOAT is open to Stewards and Local Officers.

Prerequisites: Talking Union Basics (TUB) or equivalent

“Strong and effective Locals are the building blocks of our Union. They are essential to having a mobilized membership. Education is critical to the development of strong and effective Locals.” National Board of Directors (NBoD)

Are you a Local Officer and/or Steward? Are you interested in finding new ways to make your local executive function more efficiently? Do you want to gain tools and knowledge that will help you develop leadership, problem-solving and mobilization skills? Do you want to meet and network with other members from across the region and share skills and experiences?

Then the Local Officers Advanced Training (LOAT) is the course for you! The LOAT is an Advanced, In-Residence course that is geared specifically towards Local Officers and Stewards. The LOAT will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the tools necessary to run effective locals and provide you with the skills needed to be a successful union activist.

Course content includes the role of the local executive, strategic planning, local activities, local committees and terms of reference, communicating and recruiting, building an inclusive union, representation issues, local meetings, improving the rights and protections of union representatives and many other topics. Participants will also learn about social activism and how to involve members in the broader labour movement!

Expenses:

Loss of Salary – Participants scheduled to work during the course will be reimbursed loss of salary.

In-Residence Courses – The LOAT is an Advanced, In-Residence Course and all participants for this course will be provided accommodation and considered in travel status.

Family Care – The PSAC covers family care expenses for PSAC courses, union schools and other education events.

For further details regarding expense entitlements, please click here.

Apply now.

Please note that the TUB course scheduled for March 27,28 in Courtenay has been postponed until the Fall. The Victoria office will be contacting members who have applied for the course with more details.

Education: YOUR Course – March 26,27th

your004Young, Organizing, Unionizing and Resisting!

YOUR course is a participatory, action-oriented course for PSAC members under the age of 30. Come meet other young workers to share experiences, discuss and analyze the issues they face at work, in the union and in society.

Participants will talk about their rights as workers, find out what it means to be in a unionized work environment, and a member of a union like the PSAC. They will also share and learn about global issues and the role of young workers in the dynamic movement for social justice.

The course will take place in Vancouver, March 26-27, 2009. Members under 30 from across British Columbia are encouraged to apply before the deadline of March 5. Apply on line here.

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Joint JLP Workshops Being Offered by the PSAC and the Pacific Federal Council in Vancouver, Surrey and Abbotsford.

The PSAC and the Pacific Federal Council are working together to offer Joint Learning Program (JLP) workshops during National Public Service Week in the Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas.

We are offering the 1-day respecting Differences/Anti-Discrimination workshop in Vancouver, Surrey, and Abbotsford.

The dates and locations for the workshops are:

  • Vancouver: June 17th, Vancouver YWCA, 733 Beatty Street
  • Surrey: June 17th, Surrey Days Inn, 9850 King George Hwy
  • Abbotsford: June 18th, Best Western, 32110 Marshall Road

This exciting and interactive workshop examines what is meant by diversity and why gaining an understanding of issues of diversity and equity is both an individual and organizational necessity. There will be an exploration on how unconscious biases or assumptions impair our ability to work with others and limit our lives. By using various exercises and case studies, participants will practice skills to deal with the challenges of facing diversity in a reflective, responsible, and proactive manner.

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