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Welcome to BCGEU's education events page. Below you'll find education events in your area and around BC. 

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  • Budget Breakers

    Thursday, August 05, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Online in Online, BC, Canada

    Participants will learn about the 3 biggest budget breakers (the little expenses, the irregular expenses, and the emergency expenses) and strategies to eliminate them from everyday worry.

    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.

  • Area 11 - Step Up Training

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Comfort of your own home in Prince George, BC, Canada

    STEP UP TRAINING

    The "STEP UP Training" online course will be held:

    DATE: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    TIME: 10:00am – 4:00pm

    STEP UP: An intro to the BCGEU for all new Stewards and new Members

    We hope everyone is healthy and staying safe. As time has passed on with social distancing still in effect, it has been decided that we will continue to do training sessions using Microsoft Teams. In order to participate, you will need access to a laptop or tablet and have either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your internet browser. We will also need your current home email address (If not already updated with the Union).

     As in the past, you will still be eligible for a leave of absence that needs approval from your supervisor.

     STEP UP, our introductory, one-day course, will introduce you to the BCGEU; explore our common values, union culture, and our diverse community of members. Through stories of solidarity and courage, you will gain the strength and support you need to begin your journey as a new or returning steward. Along the way, you will learn about your fundamental union rights and useful union tools and strategies for getting started in your role. Newly elected and returning stewards will leave feeling more informed, confident and ready to support a member through a Step 1 grievance. This course is the first step on our new learning pathway for stewards.

     If this is something you are interested in, please register by Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    At this time, the sessions will have limited seating so priority will be to registrants on a first come first serve basis. We will be happy to schedule another session if there are more registrants than spaces.

     Together in Solidarity,

     Celina Taylor, Staff Representative

  • Area 11 - Steward Fundamental Training

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM through September 23, 2021
    Comfort of your own home in Prince George, BC, Canada

    STEWARD FUNDAMENTAL TRAINING

    The "STEWARD FUNDAMENTALS" online course will be held:

    DATE: Wednesday, September 22 & Thursday, September 23, 2021

    TIME: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    We hope everyone is healthy and staying safe. As time has passed on with social distancing still in effect, it has been decided that we will continue to do training sessions using Microsoft Teams.

     

    In order to participate, you will need access to a laptop or tablet and have either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your internet browser. We will also need your current home email address (If not already updated with the Union).

     

    As in the past, you will still be eligible for a leave of absence that needs approval from your supervisor.

     

    This course would offer the following:

    • Rights & Responsibilities of a Steward

    • Getting to know your Collective Agreement

    • Workplace Investigations and Meetings

    • What is a Grievance

    • Steps to filling out a Grievance form

     

    If this is something you are interested in, please register by Wednesday

    September 8, 2021.

    At this time, the sessions will have limited seating so priority will be to registrants on a first come first serve basis. We will be happy to schedule another session if there are more registrants than spaces.

    Together in Solidarity,

     

    Celina Taylor, Staff Representative

  • Area 03 Steward Fundamentals 2-day Course

    Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 09:00 AM through September 30, 2021
    Lower Mainland Area Office in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation-level course for all stewards. It focusses 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 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 Basic Steward Training in the past five years. We recommend that stewards and local officers take the one-day STEP UP course before taking Steward Fundamentals.

    A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course. 

    Travel, meals and accommodation, if required, are also provided. 

    Reasonable child and/or other dependent care expenses may be reimbursed.

  • Area 05 Steward Fundamentals Two-Day Course

    Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 09:00 AM through September 30, 2021
    Kamloops BCGEU Area Office in Kamloops, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals, our new introductory 2-day course, focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to know. Through interactive group activities, role-plays, and skills development, stewards are introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of a steward as advocate, educator, organizer and communicator. Stewards will leave feeling more confident and effective in their role and skillful in their interactions with members and the Employer.

    Your union leave-of-absence for this course will be sent to you shortly. Present this to your supervisor as soon as possible for approval.

    Travel and accommodation, if required, will be provided.

    Meal expenses will be reimbursed. 

     

  • Area 06- Steward Fundamentals VIRTUAL Course

    Wednesday, October 06, 2021 at 09:00 AM through October 07, 2021
    VIRTUAL - Cariboo in Williams Lake, BC, Canada

    STEWARD FUNDAMENTAL TRAINING

    The "STEWARD FUNDAMENTALS" - Two (2) day online course will be held:

    DATE: Wednesday, October 6 & Thursday, October 7, 2021

    TIME: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    We hope everyone is healthy and staying safe. As time has passed on with social distancing still in effect, it has been decided that we will continue to do training sessions using Microsoft Teams.

    In order to participate, you will need access to a laptop or tablet and have either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your internet browser. We will also need your current home email address (If not already updated with the Union).

    As in the past, you will still be eligible for a leave of absence that needs approval from your supervisor.

    This course would offer the following:

    • Rights & Responsibilities of a Steward

    • Getting to know your Collective Agreement

    • Workplace Investigations and Meetings

    • What is a Grievance

    • Steps to filling out a Grievance form

     

    If this is something you are interested in, please register by Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

    At this time, the sessions will have limited seating so priority will be to registrants on a first come first serve basis. We will be happy to schedule another session if there are more registrants than spaces.

    Together in Solidarity,

    Shane Stoddart, Staff Representative

  • Area 06 - VIRTUAL Step UP

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 09:00 AM
    VIRTUAL - Cariboo in Williams Lake, BC, Canada

    STEP UP, our new introductory, one-day course for new and returning stewards, will introduce you to the BCGEU, explore our common values, union culture, and our diverse community of members. Through stories of solidarity and courage, you will gain the strength and support you need to begin your journey as a new or returning steward. Along the way, you will learn about your fundamental union rights and useful union tools and strategies for getting started in your role. You will leave feeling more informed, confident and ready to support a member through a Step 1 grievance. This course is the first step on our new learning pathway for stewards.

    · A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course.

  • Area 03 Stewards Fundamental 2-day Course

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 09:00 AM through October 28, 2021
    Lower Mainland Area Office in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation-level course for all stewards. It focusses 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 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 Basic Steward Training in the past five years. We recommend that stewards and local officers take the one-day STEP UP course before taking Steward Fundamentals.

    A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course. 

    Travel, meals and accommodation, if required, are also provided.

    Reasonable child and/or other dependent care expenses may be reimbursed..

  • Area 03 Stewards Fundamental 2-day Course

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 09:00 AM through November 24, 2021
    Lower Mainland Area Office in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation-level course for all stewards. It focusses 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 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 Basic Steward Training in the past five years. We recommend that stewards and local officers take the one-day STEP UP course before taking Steward Fundamentals. 

    A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course. 

    Travel, meals and accommodation, if required, are also provided.

    Reasonable child and/or other dependent care expenses may be reimbursed.