Education Offerings

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Winter/Spring 2023 Workshops

We are pleased to announce our Winter/Spring 2023 education program.

We have a variety of sessions scheduled that are open to all members. Presenters include Alex Hemingway from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Jodie Gauthier with Black Gropper Labour & Employment Lawyers, Katrina Miller the Executive Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness and Kerry Palmer of Integrative Mediation Services.

Please note these sessions will be held over the lunch hour and union leave is not provided.


Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST

Facilitator: Kerry Palmer

Webinar Description:

In this session members will learn about tone setting and the mindset for providing feedback. Other topics will include, how to initiate feedback, what are the key components of feedback, and how to deal with defensiveness from the other.


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Off Duty Conduct

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST

Facilitator: Jodie Gauthier

Webinar Description:

This webinar will provide information about the ways that conduct outside of the workplace can impact one's employment relationship. Topics considered will include:

  • Discipline for off-duty conduct
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Online activity, social media and public commentary


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Budget 2023: Understanding BC's Capacity to Tackle Big Challenges

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST

Facilitator: Alex Hemingway

Webinar Description:

This presentation will provide analysis and highlights from BC's latest provincial budget and examine the broader state of the province's economic and fiscal capacity, showing that bigger action to address social and environmental crises is well within our power.


Emotional Intelligence

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2023 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT

Facilitator: Kerry Palmer

Webinar Description:

In this one-hour session you will hear about the four components of emotional awareness; self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship awareness.


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Tax Policy and Inflationary Pressures

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT

Facilitator: Katrina Miller

Webinar Description:

During this webinar, members will learn ways to make life more affordable, as well as how the last 40 years of tax reductions for certain groups have made life less affordable, and how rising corporate profits are a driver of inflation.

Privacy Rights at Work

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2023 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT

Facilitator: Jodie Gauthier

Webinar Description:

The webinar will consider the applicable law and common issues with respect to privacy in the workplace, including:

  • Privacy rights at work under statutes and the common law
  • Workplace surveillance
  • Privacy with respect to internet use and devices
  • Background checks

Local Reps

Conflict Resolution

Date: March 1 & 2, 2023 

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day

Facilitator: Kerry Palmer

Capacity: 15 participants

Location: PEA Office
505-1207 Douglas St,
Victoria, BC V8W 2E7

Description: This course will provide an introduction to conflict resolution for union leaders. Collaborative communication and working with emotions will be the focus. Kraybill's conflict style inventory and the 5-stage negotiation model will be discussed. Selected registrants will have the opportunity to fill out a survey before the course to indicate their preferred areas of interest.

The deadline for expressions of interest has now passed.

Unions and the Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Process

Date: June 15 & 16, 2023 

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST

Facilitator: Conni Kilfoil & Tammy Simonds

Capacity: 20 participants

Location: The Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St,
Vancouver, BC V5L 1K3

Description: This course will examine the history and nature of Aboriginal land claims, the inter-generational impact of the residential school system, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and an overview of current Aboriginal issues. The relevance of these issues to the labour movement will be examined and groups will brainstorm ways in which tools such as collective bargaining, contract administration, and political campaigns can be used to advance the goals of the Commission.

The deadline for expressions of interest has now passed.

Chapter-Specific Training

Please check back at a later date.

Education Archive & Resources

For descriptions of past sessions and access to resources please visit our Education Archive & Resources page.

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