2023 Pacific Winter School – Week 4

Pacific Region Winter School 2023 Week 4

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, February 5, 2023 to Friday, February 10, 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

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.


Benefits Bargaining

This course will help you understand how health and welfare benefits are structured and how to prepare for benefits bargaining. The course will include information on new and renewed benefit plans and how to handle a change in benefits carriers. Topics for discussion will include: costing of benefits, employers’ response to increasing costs and changes in coverages, funding methods including trusts, laws pertaining to benefits coverage, privacy issues, collective agreement language ideas, types of benefit plans to avoid and why.
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Collective Bargaining Level 1

Participants will leave with a solid understanding of the bargaining process and the factors that affect collective bargaining. This course also introduces some of the laws and rules that structure the bargaining process and provides opportunities for hands-on practice and skills development in preparing for and negotiating parts of a collective agreement. Level 1 is aimed at new bargaining committee members and local union officers. You may want to bring a calculator for this course.
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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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Labour Community Advocate Level 1

The Labour Community Advocate (formerly Union Counselling) Program is a Canadian Labour Congress training program delivered by Labour Programs and Services staff and funded through the United Way Centraide. This program provides participants with information about the social issues faced by working people and the resources available in their community. Participants are trained in communication skills, interviewing and referral techniques so they can assist union members to find the appropriate resources. The Labour Community Advocate Training helps workers to find effective solutions and community support for issues outside the scope of their collective agreements. Labour Community Advocates are often the...
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Psychologically Healthy & Safe Workplaces

Each year in Canada, one in five people will experience a mental health problem or illness. Over a lifetime, that number increases to 1 in 3. The impact to our economy is a cost of more than 51 billion dollars. The objective of this workshop is to provide participants with the tools to create strategies that will support workers with mental health issues, individually and collectively. We will start with a full day discussion of Workplace Bullying & Harassment then continue with a full day of Prevention of Violence in the Workplace. These two days will lay the foundation to...
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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 18 of the Winter School brochure for details, or...
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Steward Training Level 2

This course is for chief stewards, business and assistant business managers, local officers, and stewards with considerable experience handling grievances. You will practise more advanced grievance-handling skills using real life case studies and role-plays. Participants will discuss discipline grievances, harassment, drug and alcohol issues, and different styles of management. This course will deal with procedures before the process of arbitration. Knowledge of the first stages of the grievance process will be assumed. Prerequisite: Steward Training Level 1 or equivalent union course.
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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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