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  • Area 11 - Steward Fundamental Training

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM through April 22, 2021
    The comfort of your own home in Prince George, BC, Canada

    STEWARD FUNDAMENTAL TRAINING

    The "STEWARD FUNDAMENTALS" online course will be held:

    DATE: Wednesday, April 21 & Thursday, April 22, 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 April 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

  • CANCELLED Steward Course

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 09:00 AM through April 23, 2021
    VIRTUAL - Cariboo in Williams Lake, BC, Canada

    STEWARD FUNDAMENTAL TRAINING

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

    DATE: Thursday, April 22, 2021 & Friday, April 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 Friday, April 9, 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- Steward Fundamentals VIRTUAL Course

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 09:00 AM through April 23, 2021
    VIRTUAL - Cariboo in Williams Lake, BC, Canada

    STEWARD FUNDAMENTAL TRAINING

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

    DATE: Thursday, April 22, 2021 & Friday, April 23, 2021

    TIME: 9:00 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 Friday, April 9, 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

  • CANCELLED Area 04 Local 804 Steward Basic Training Webinar

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 09:00 AM through April 29, 2021
    NA in Na, BC, Canada

    Training is cancelled and will be rescheduled.

    The Covid-19 pandemic prevents us from gathering in person for steward training but we are pleased to invite you to interim stewards basic webinar (BSTW). This webinar is for all stewards who have not taken the Steward Fundamentals course. By the end of this course you will understand:

    · your rights and responsibilities as steward

    · how to get started as steward

    · how understand the grievance procedure

    · how to handle disciplinary grievances

    This webinar does not replace Step UP! or Steward Fundamentals. but once we can offer these in person courses safely you will be invited to register for them.

    To join this training you will need:

    · computer with internal audio or speakers, microphone & camera

    · high speed internet

    · a quiet space, pad of paper, pen and copy of your Collective Agreement

    You can request a union paid leave of absence from your employer for training. We will send you an LOA to give to your employer. Your LOA will be for 6 hours (3 hours per day).

  • ONLINE - Area 03 Steward Basics Webinar 2-day Course

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 01:00 PM through April 29, 2021
    n/a 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.

    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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  • Local 503 LDB Stewards Training

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 09:00 AM through April 30, 2021

    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.

     

    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, please provide the number of hours you work and scheduled to work those days.

  • Area 10 Online Steward Fundamentals

    Monday, May 03, 2021 at 09:00 AM through May 04, 2021
    Peace River Area Office in Fort St. John, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is our two-day foundation-level course for all stewards in our Leadership, Education and Activism Program (LEAP). It will introduce you to your key roles and responsibilities as a steward and help you develop the essential skills you will need. Through discussion, interactive group activities and role-plays, 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.

    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.

    We will be putting together packages and mailing them to your home address (or your address of choice) in order for you to have material to follow along with.

    At this time, the sessions will be limited to 8 people and participants will be able to attend on a first come, first serve basis. We will be happy to schedule another session if there are more registrants than spaces. Registration is open to new stewards or those that have not had training in the past 3 years.

    · Priority will be given to Stewards who have not received this training.

    · A union-paid leave of absence is provided for this course. (Please include details in your RSVP)

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

  • Budgeting 101

    Tuesday, May 04, 2021 at 07:00 PM
    Online in Online, BC, Canada

    Participants will learn the 7 steps to budgeting which will help them take control of their finances and give them peace of mind.

    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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  • Area 06 -VIRTUAL Step UP Training

    Thursday, May 06, 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.

  • ONLINE - Area 03 Steward Basics Webinar 2-day Course

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 09:00 AM through May 12, 2021
    n/a 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.

    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).