2023 Pacific Winter School – Week 1

Pacific Region Winter School 2023 Week 1

Labour education builds solidarity and knowledge. It teaches the skills unions need to represent their members and defend their rights using proven methods that allow adults of all backgrounds to learn. If your union wants to train the next generation of local activists or expand the skills that today’s leaders and activists already have, the CLC Winter School 2023 is here to help your union succeed.

The CLC Pacific Region Winter School is the largest labour school in Canada and we take pride in offering the very best in labour education.


Sunday, January 15, 2023 to Friday, January 20, 2023

Harrison Hot Springs, 100 Esplanade Ave., B.C. V0M 1K0


Single Accommodation: $1,495.00

Shared Accommodation: $1,245.00

To change or cancel a registration after it has been submitted, you must contact the Pacific Region office at pacific@clcctc.ca

Bus Schedule CONFIRMED

Frank Wall Scholarship

Community Savings Credit Union Scholarship

Donna Sheaves Scholarship

Kim Manton Memorial Scholarship

Child Care:
Free child care is provided at Winter School for eligible delegates with children aged 12 and under. An eligible delegate is a single parent, a parent not accompanied by a spouse/companion, or where both parents are delegates. While the CLC will pay the actual child care costs at the school, students will be responsible for any additional hotel charges for their child. Delegates having additional child care costs as a result of leaving their children at home should apply for reimbursement from their own union.

Delegates requiring child care must pre-register and indicate child care on their registration form. The deadline for child care registrations is December 1, 2022. Requests received after this deadline will only be accommodated if there is room in the child care program. Cancellations are required and must be received 14 days in advance of your attendance at Winter School. Failure to cancel booked child care space(s) will result in a “no show fee” of $150.00.

*Child care arrangements may not be able to accommodate special needs, but please contact the Pacific Region office for more information.

Please be aware that should unforeseen circumstances arise due to staffing issues, there is the possibility that child care coverage may be cancelled without advance notice. Participants wishing to utilize the child care program should keep alternate arrangements in mind, just in case.

COVID Policies & Requirements:
We will be following all provincial health requirements at the 2023 Winter School. As provincial requirements do change on short notice, we encourage all affiliates to remain up-to-date. We will provide updates on our website regarding any changes to health requirements for the school. All participants should be prepared to comply in the event a mask and/or vaccine mandate is reintroduced in B.C. If changes to the COVID requirements make a participant unable to attend, the standard cancellation policy will apply. At this time, we are strongly encouraging all participants to be fully vaccinated, to help protect themselves and others.


Intro to Digital Organizing

Have you been trying to figure how best to weave digital organizing strategies and tactics into your union’s work? If so, this training is for you. Over the course of five days, we teach you the basics and offer tips and tricks for seamlessly integrating digital into your union work including: The role digital organizing can play throughout your entire organization; Introduce you to some of the basic strategies of digital tactics, managing an email list, email writing, social media, and more; Teach you about building an offline and online strategy that works together and how to then measure the...
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Facing Management Effectively

This course will look at economic, political, social forces at play between union and management. It will examine the roles and rights of each group and the different types of union/management relationships and styles. We will look at the power, bias, and privilege dynamics between union and management and how we can communicate effectively. We will focus on problem solving – understanding issues, developing strategies, finding and presenting facts and argument, finding areas of agreement, building solutions, implementing and maintaining solutions. Participants can expect lots of participation, interaction, and role-plays along with practical skills and tools for communication, analysis, strategy...
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Member Engagement-Member Action

This course is designed for experienced shop stewards, local union leaders and union staff who want to transform how members engage with their union and how their union engages with members. Go, Listen, Build) and connect it to a three-step approach for building an active membership (one-on-one communication, taking action on worksite issues, and designing a strategy and plan to win). This training is particularly helpful for unions with upcoming contract negotiations, a backlog of unresolved grievances, a particularly disengaged membership, or a diverse membership that is not reflected in local leadership. Each participant will leave the training with a...
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Health & Safety Level 1

This introductory Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) course will introduce committee members and worker representatives to the basic principles of workplace health and safety. This also serves as a great ‘Back to Basics’ course for those OH&S committee members who desire refresher training. In this course, participants will learn the responsibilities and duties of the Joint OH&S Committee, OH&S legislation (provincial and federal), key elements of having an effective committee, workers’ OH&S rights and the procedure for refusing unsafe work, how to conduct effective incident investigations and safety inspections, identify and OH&S Hhazards in the workplace, and ways of finding...
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Parliamentary Procedure & Public Speaking

This is a two-part course. Parliamentary Procedure covers how to run a meeting effectively, the duties of a chairperson and secretary, and how the rules of order can provide a democratic and fair process to get the business of the union accomplished. Public Speaking covers how to speak persuasively to various groups and how different formats are used to speak at convention, debates, and impromptu gatherings. There is a scholarship available for this course through the CLC Pacific Region office. Please see the Frank Wall Leadership Development Scholarship information on page 12 of the Winter School brochure for details, or...
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Steward Training Level 1

The steward is often the main point of contact between the union, its members, management, and the larger labour movement. This course builds the skills, confidence, and knowledge a steward needs to represent their members. Participants will learn the roles and responsibilities of their position as stewards, the handling of grievances and complaints, problem solving skills, protecting contractual provisions in the collective agreement and current issues for stewards.
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Transforming Conflict into Union Activism

Transforming Conflict into Union Activism approaches conflict in a novel way. It recognizes that conflict isn’t always negative but that it is the outcome of the conflict that is negative or positive. The course will teach participants how to listen to people involved in a conflict, get to the root causes of a conflict, and how to coach people involved in a conflict to identify shared interests. Participants will learn how to use those shared interests to help people involved in a conflict find solutions and turn the conflict and shared interests into union activism.
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Women in Leadership

This course offers union women an opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership skills and knowledge in a variety of current and emerging labour issues. A major component of this course will cover communication and motivational skills that are important for women activists. CUPE 402 has established a scholarship for this course through the B.C. Federation of Labour. Interested applicants should contact the BCFED or download the scholarship information package and application form from our website: https://canadianlabour.ca/who-we-are/labour-education/.
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Young Workers in Action

This course is designed to give young union activists (aged 30 and under) the skills they need to be effective in their workplace. The course will cover public speaking, how meetings are run, how to read your contract, grievance handling, and the basic collective bargaining process. Participants are requested to bring a copy of their collective agreement. There is a scholarship available from Community Savings Credit Union for this course. Interested applicants should contact Community Savings or download the scholarship information package and application form from our website: https://canadianlabour.ca/who-we-are/labour-education/.
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