Workshops & Courses

Parliamentary Procedure & Public Speaking

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/05 0:00 - 2023/02/10 0:00
Course Code : 4PP
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…
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Steward Training Level 2

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/05 0:00 - 2023/02/10 0:00
Course Code : 4ST2
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.…
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Steward Training Level 1

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/05 0:00 - 2023/02/10 0:00
Course Code : 4STL1
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…
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A Path to Reconciliation

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/12 0:00 - 2023/02/17 0:00
Course Code : 5APTR
This course is for all workers, including non-Indigenous activists, to learn the history of Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America) facilitated by Indigenous labour activists. Its purpose is to build meaningful, long-term relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples inside and outside of our workplaces, with the aim of acknowledging labour’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. This course supports the…
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Facing Management Effectively

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/12 0:00 - 2023/02/17 0:00
Course Code : 5FME
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…
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Human Rights: An Introduction

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/12 0:00 - 2023/02/17 0:00
Course Code : 5HR
This course is a good starting point for union activists and leaders looking to build their skills and perspectives to better engage and represent the diversity of their members. It is open to all union activists. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination against people with disabilities are used to divide workers. Participants will focus on the role unions can play…
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Advanced Organizing: The Law & Equity

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/12 0:00 - 2023/02/17 0:00
Course Code : 5ORG2
The BCFED Organizing Institute training covers the basics of union organizing to build power within our unions and to organize new workers into unions. This advanced training is designed for participants with basic level knowledge of non-union organizing and campaigns. This is an advanced course. Participants will be provided with an overview of the provincial and federal labour codes and…
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Steward Training Level 1

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/12 0:00 - 2023/02/17 0:00
Course Code : 5ST1
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…
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Unions in the Community

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/12 0:00 - 2023/02/17 0:00
Course Code : 5UIC
The labour movement has always played a strong role in the social change movement. As part of the United Way and CLC Labour Community Advocate Program, the course provides training on community involvement and working with community partners as a board, committee or coalition partner. Participants learn how to organize around and participate in community social service issues, while exploring…
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Workplace Harassment & Violence Prevention (Federal)

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/12 0:00 - 2023/02/17 0:00
Course Code : 5WHVP
On January 1, 2021, the standalone Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations came into force for federally regulated industries across Canada. Further amendments were made to both the Canada Labour Code and the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, with respect to occurrences of workplace violence and harassment. These new requirements include new reporting structures and timelines, responsibilities of…
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Health & Safety Level 2

Harrision Hot Springs
2023/01/22 0:00 - 2023/01/27 0:00
Course Code : 2OHS2
The Health & Safety Level 2 course has been designed to empower participants to develop the tools, resources, and strategies necessary to build on successes and to tackle the tough OH&S issues at their workplaces. In this course, participants will discuss barriers facing joint OH&S committees and develop some creative strategies and solutions to deal with them. Learn about the…
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Basics of Organizing

Harrision Hot Springs
2023/01/22 0:00 - 2023/01/27 0:00
Course Code : 2ORG1
The BCFED Organizing Institute training covers the basics of union organizing to build power within our unions and to organize new workers into unions. This is an opportunity to learn and practise leading effective organizing conversations with peers and experienced organizers from across our movement. We cover the elements of an organizing campaign, and the provincial and federal labour codes…
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Return to Work (Duty to Accommodate)

Harrision Hot Springs
2023/01/22 0:00 - 2023/01/27 0:00
Course Code : 2RTW
This course is designed to equip participants with tools and strategies for successful work reintegration outcomes. Participants will explore leading research and learn the principles of good work reintegration practices and the duty to accommodate. The course has a strong focus on the analysis and interpretation of human rights obligations and particularly the duty to accommodate. Barriers to successful work…
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Workers’ Compensation Level 1

Harrision Hot Springs
2023/01/22 0:00 - 2023/01/27 0:00
Course Code : 2WC1
This course provides a review of the Workers Compensation Act, how the Board functions, procedures for filing claims, WCB policies for adjudicating claims, and the appeals process. This is a basic course and will interest those union members just starting to handle WCB claims and appeals. This class will observe a hearing presentation to a panel of the Review Division.
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Workers’ Compensation Level 2

Harrision Hot Springs
2023/01/22 0:00 - 2023/01/27 0:00
Course Code : 2WC2
This course is for union members wanting to improve their WCB advocacy skills. Participants will assist an injured worker in a mock appeal where their injury has been denied by the WCB. The class will review how to seek a doctor’s opinion in support of the injured worker, how to question the worker at an appeal hearing, and how to…
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Federal Labour Law



Course Code : 3FEDLL
This course presents an overview of federal labour legislation and its impact on the strategies and actions of unions. Among the topics to be explored are: certification and dispute settlement procedures; unfair labour practices; the duty to bargain in good faith; strikes, lockouts, and picketing; the duty of fair representation; management and union rights; and grievance arbitration law. Students will…
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Facing Management Effectively

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/29 0:00 - 2023/02/03 0:00
Course Code : 3FME
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…
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ILWU Leadership

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/29 0:00 - 2023/02/03 0:00
Course Code : 3ILWU
The five-day ILWU Leadership course is part of a long-term education strategy to identify and educate leaders in our Union. The course will cover some of the basics which include: ILWU history and structure of our union, public speaking, building blocks of a meeting, arbitration, ethics and strategies for building worker power from within our Union. Prerequisite: Applicants must be…
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Labour Arbitration Level 1

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/29 0:00 - 2023/02/03 0:00
Course Code : 3LA1
This course is designed to introduce participants to the practical skills required to prepare and present a case at an arbitration hearing. Special emphasis is placed on evidence, examination and cross-examination, the opening statement and final argument. You will also discuss current trends and cases dealing with the arbitration process. This course would be useful for grievance committee members or…
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Labour Arbitration Level 2

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/29 0:00 - 2023/02/03 0:00
Course Code : 3LA2
As a follow-up course to Labour Arbitration Level 1, this course has an emphasis on necessary verbal and procedural skills. It deals primarily with the conduct of the hearing for example, with the rules of evidence, examination-in-chief, and cross-examination. Prerequisite: Labour Arbitration Level 1 or arbitration experience.
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Mental Health First Aid



Course Code : 3MHFA
This course presents an overview of federal labour legislation, particularly the Canada Labour Code, Part I, and its impact on the strategies and actions of unions. Among the topics to be explored are: certification and dispute settlement procedures; unfair labour practices; the duty to bargain in good faith; the duty of fair representation; and management and union rights. Theory will…
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Provincial Labour Law

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/29 0:00 - 2023/02/03 0:00
Course Code : 3PLL
This course presents an overview of provincial labour legislation and its impact on the strategies and actions of unions. Among topics to be explored are: certification and dispute settlement procedures; unfair labour practices; the duty to bargain in good faith; strikes, lockouts, and picketing; the duty of fair representation; management and union rights; and grievance arbitration law. Students who take…
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Arbitration: To Go or Not to Go

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/29 0:00 - 2023/02/03 0:00
Course Code : 3TOGO
Participants will learn the law with respect to duty of fair representation obligations, as well as the standard arbitral legal tests in relation to discipline, contract interpretation, and evidence. There will also be a legal research component, which will focus on locating the law and conducting efficient legal research. Participants will present an overview of a grievance with recommendations on…
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Benefits Bargaining

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/05 0:00 - 2023/02/10 0:00
Course Code : 4BB
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…
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Collective Bargaining Level 1

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/05 0:00 - 2023/02/10 0:00
Course Code : 4CB1
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…
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Facing Management Effectively

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/05 0:00 - 2023/02/10 0:00
Course Code : 4FME
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…
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Labour Community Advocate Level 1

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/05 0:00 - 2023/02/10 0:00
Course Code : 4LCA
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…
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Psychologically Healthy & Safe Workplaces

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/02/05 0:00 - 2023/02/10 0:00
Course Code : 4PHSW
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…
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Intro to Digital Organizing



Course Code : 1DW
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…
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Facing Management Effectively

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/15 0:00 - 2023/01/20 0:00
Course Code : 1FME
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…
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Member Engagement-Member Action

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/15 0:00 - 2023/01/20 0:00
Course Code : 1MEMA
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…
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Health & Safety Level 1

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/15 0:00 - 2023/01/20 0:00
Course Code : 1OHS1
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…
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Parliamentary Procedure & Public Speaking

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/15 0:00 - 2023/01/20 0:00
Course Code : 1PP
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…
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Steward Training Level 1

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/15 0:00 - 2023/01/20 0:00
Course Code : 1ST1
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…
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Transforming Conflict into Union Activism

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/15 0:00 - 2023/01/20 0:00
Course Code : 1TC
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…
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Women in Leadership

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/15 0:00 - 2023/01/20 0:00
Course Code : 1WIL
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…
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Young Workers in Action

Harrison Hot Springs
2023/01/15 0:00 - 2023/01/20 0:00
Course Code : 1YW
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…
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Collective Bargaining Level 1

Harrision Hot Springs
2023/01/22 0:00 - 2023/01/27 0:00
Course Code : 2CB1
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…
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Collective Bargaining Level 2

Harrision Hot Springs
2023/01/22 0:00 - 2023/01/27 0:00
Course Code : 2CB2
Bring a copy of your collective agreement and a calculator as we work with different strategies and tactics for effectively facing today’s challenges at the bargaining table. How do we deal with workplace change – restructuring, automation, or new technology? What language best protects workers against unfairness in drug and alcohol testing or electronic monitoring? How do we prepare our…
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Facing Management Effectively

Harrision Hot Springs
2023/01/22 0:00 - 2023/01/27 0:00
Course Code : 2FME
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…
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Labour Arbitration Level 1

Harrision Hot Springs
2023/01/22 0:00 - 2023/01/27 0:00
Course Code : 2LA1
This course is designed to introduce participants to the practical skills required to prepare and present a case at an arbitration hearing. Special emphasis is placed on evidence, examination and cross-examination, the opening statement and final argument. You will also discuss current trends and cases dealing with the arbitration process. This course would be useful for grievance committee members or…
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