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  • Area 04 Steward Fundamentals Training

    Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 09:00 AM through May 19, 2022
    BCGEU Fraser Valley Area Office in Langley Township, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation-level course for all stewards. It focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to know. Through discussion and interactive group activities, you will be introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of a steward as advocate, educator, organizer and communicator. Stewards will leave feeling more confident, effective in their role, and skillful in their interactions with members and the employer. 

    This course is for elected stewards and local officers who have not previously taken the Basic Steward Training.

    A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course. Please provide how many hours you work per shift on the registration form. Lunch will be provided, please advise of dietary restrictions and/or allergies.

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  • Organizing your Finances in one Month

    Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 10:00 AM
    Ring Central Online Platform in Online, BC, Canada

    Participants will learn what important documents they need to have, how to store them securely, and how to create a "just in case something happens to me" sheet so their loved ones can take care of their affairs.

    This webinar is presented on the free secure app Ring Central. Prior to the start of the webinar, you will need to download and install the Ring Central app to your computer or smartphone. Follow the instructions – it takes only a minute or so to install the app. You can delete the app after the webinar. We will email this information to you again prior to the webinar. 

    Sold out? Email us at [email protected] if you want an invite to a future offering of this workshop.

  • Local 0111/12/10/06 Enhanced Steward Training

    Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 10:00 AM

    To: All Local 0111 Stewards

    Re: Enhanced Steward Training

    Date: May 18, 2022

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Location: Diane L. Wood Union Centre

    Prince George Area Office of the BCGEU

    500 Quebec Street, Prince George BC V2L 0C6

     

    AGENDA

    10:00 am - 12 pm: Steward Review

    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Common Grievances

     Lunch will be provided. To ensure enough food is ordered, please RSVP to the Prince George Area Office no later than Wednesday, May 4, 2022. When registering online, please also advise if you have any allergies with special dietary requirements. 

     There are parking stalls at our office, however, if there is not adequate parking for everyone attending this training, parking can be expensed.

     If you require a Union-Paid Leave of Absence and/or accommodations please indicate this when you RSVP.

     Please notify your Supervisor immediately of the date you require off for Union Business and advise paperwork is coming.

     

    In Solidarity,

     Andrew Stevens, Local 0111/12/10/06 Chair & Lindsay Decraene, Staff Representative

  • ONLINE Area 03 Steward Basics Webinar 2-day Course

    Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 01:00 PM through May 19, 2022
    Zoom in N/A, BC, Canada

    The Covid pandemic prevents us from gathering for face-to-face steward training but we are pleased to offer this interim Steward Basics webinar. This webinar is for you if you are a steward but have not yet attended our Steward Fundamentals course. The Webinar will take place each day from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

    By the end of this webinar, you will understand:

    → your rights and responsibilities as a steward

    → how to get started as a steward

    → the grievance procedure

    → how to handle disciplinary grievances

    This does not replace our in-person STEP UP! and Steward Fundamentals courses. Once we can offer these in-person courses safely, you will be invited to register for them.

    To join this online training, you will need:

    → a computer with internal audio or external speakers, a microphone and built-in camera

    → a high-speed internet connection

    → a relatively quiet space, a pad of paper and a pen and a copy of your collective agreement

    You can request a union-paid leave of absence from your employer for this training. We will send you a leave-of-absence form to submit to your supervisor.

    Your union-paid leave will be issued for 6 hours for the 2 days as this is the duration of the webinar (3 hours each day).

     

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  • Area 05 In-Person Two-Day Steward Course (Area 05 Members)

    Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 09:00 AM through May 20, 2022
    Kamloops BCGEU Area Office in Kamloops, BC, Canada

    Thank you for stepping up to be a steward! This course is the next step on your learning pathway. This IN-PERSON two-day course is being offered to stewards who have not completed Steward Fundamentals training. 

     

    Registration deadline: May 6, 2022. Your union leave of absence (LOA) for this course will be sent to you shortly after registration. Please ensure you provide the number of paid hours you are scheduled to work on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20, 2022 when registering for this course.

     

    Once your LOA is received, please present it to your supervisor as soon as possible to secure your leave (LOA) approval. LOA instructions can be found on page 2 of leave forms.

     

    Registration for this course is limited, and registrations will not be accepted after May 6, 2022. Please register early to secure your spot.

     

    We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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  • 10 Steps to Retire without debt

    Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 07:00 PM
    Ring Central Online Platform in Online, BC, Canada

    Participants will learn about debt elimination options so that they can enter their golden years without the shackles of debt.

    This webinar is presented on the free secure app Ring Central. Prior to the start of the webinar, you will need to download and install the Ring Central app to your computer or smartphone. Follow the instructions – it takes only a minute or so to install the app. You can delete the app after the webinar. We will email this information to you again prior to the webinar. 

    Sold out? Email us at [email protected] if you want an invite to a future offering of this workshop.

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  • CANCELLED Area01 Basic Stewards Online Training

    Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 09:00 AM through May 26, 2022
    Online Stewards Course in Victoria,, BC, Canada

    Basic Steward Training:  

    The Covid pandemic prevents us from gathering for face-to-face steward training but we are pleased to offer an interim basic steward seminar online. This training webinar is for you if you are a steward but have not yet attended our Steward Fundamentals course.

     By the end of this webinar, you will understand:

    ® your rights and responsibilities as a steward

    ® how to get started as a steward

    ® the grievance procedure

     Stewards will leave feeling more confident and effective in their role and skillful in their interactions with members and the employer.

    This course is for elected stewards and local officers who have not previously taken the Fundamentals Steward Training in the past five year.

    A union-paid leave-of-absence (if requested) is provided for this course for the hours of the course.

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  • Area 04 Steward Fundamentals Course

    Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 09:00 AM through May 26, 2022
    BCGEU Fraser Valley Area Office in Langley Township, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation-level course for all stewards. It focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to know. Through discussion and interactive group activities, you will be introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of a steward as advocate, educator, organizer and communicator. Stewards will leave feeling more confident, effective in their role, and skillful in their interactions with members and the employer. 

    This course is for elected stewards and local officers who have not previously taken the Basic Steward Training.

    A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course. Please provide how many hours you work per shift on the registration form. Lunch will be provided, please advise of dietary restrictions and/or allergies.

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  • SOLD OUT - Area 03 - PSPP Pension Seminar

    Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM
    Head Quarters - TKEC Rooms in Burnaby BC, BC, Canada

    This event is sold out. If you wish to be placed on the waitlist please email [email protected]

    The Area 03 Cross Component Committee would like to invite BCGEU members participating in the Public Service Pension Plan to join a free in-person Pension Seminar. This seminar will be instructed by BCGEU staff and will be useful to our members who are within 5 years of retirement.

     

    WHERE: BCGEU Headquarters – TKEC Rooms – 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby

      WHEN: Sunday, May 29 – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

    HOW: Register using the link (Don't delay as this seminar will fill up quickly)

    You will be required to provide proof of vaccination to the venue upon entering and masks will be mandatory.

    Once you have registered via the link, you will receive additional details. About four days prior to the seminar, you will receive a copy of the presentation for review and be able to submit questions up to two days prior to the seminar.

     

    Pension Information Session: Understanding the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

     

    A BCGEU staff pension specialist will cover the following pension topics:

    · Basics of the pension plan

    · Details of the Public Service Pension Plan

    · Non-Pension related items

    · Increasing service in the pension plan

    · Options for pension payments

    · Government retirement support

    · Transition into retirement

    · Resources for pension planning

    The BCGEU Code of Conduct is in effect at all Cross Component Events. Any participant engaging in unacceptable behaviour may be asked to leave and not invited to future events.

    If you have any questions please email [email protected]

    In Solidarity - On behalf of the Area 03 Cross Component Committee

     

     

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  • Food and Finance

    Wednesday, June 01, 2022 at 10:00 AM
    Ring Central Online Platform in Online, BC, Canada

    Participants will learn how to create healthy and financially sustainable meal plans and tips on frugal meal plans.

    This webinar is presented on the free secure app Ring Central. Prior to the start of the webinar, you will need to download and install the Ring Central app to your computer or smartphone. Follow the instructions – it takes only a minute or so to install the app. You can delete the app after the webinar. We will email this information to you again prior to the webinar. 

    Sold out? Email us at [email protected] if you want an invite to a future offering of this workshop.

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