Advanced Representation Training for Stewards (ARTS) Course

February 2, 2018 to February 5, 2018
(All day)
Sheraton Hotel, Richmond, BC (Map)
Sign-up Deadline: 
November 14, 2017

The PSAC is pleased to offer an advanced course for Union representatives …

Advanced Representation Training For Stewards (ARTS), February 2-5, 2018 – Richmond, BC

  • Course hours (approximately):
  • Friday, Feb 2nd 9:00 a.m. to Monday, Feb 5th 4:00 p.m.
  • (including an evening activity)

This course is for PSAC union representatives (stewards, local officers, etc.) who have:

  • training on and experience with representing members generally; and
  • training on and experience with presenting a grievance during a hearing/meeting with the employer.


Applicants must be PSAC members in good standing who have completed:

  • a Talking Union Basics (TUB) or Introduction to the Union for Indigenous Members (IUIM) courses or equivalent; and
  • a Grievance Handling (GH) course or equivalent; and
  • who have experience representing members in the workplace with management.

Course Overview:

The Advanced Representation Training for Stewards (ARTS) course is an advanced four-day course with a focus on representation. You will look at various routes for engaging members in helping them to resolve workplace issues. You will deepen your knowledge of the processes and legal framework of grievance handling and what is needed from you to support the PSAC’s representation of members at all levels of the grievance process, up to arbitration/adjudication.

Using case studies based on grievances that have been to arbitration/adjudication, you will practice steps in the grievance process including:

  • interviewing a member
  • fact-finding
  • meeting with management for initial problem solving
  • drafting a grievance
  • preparing for a grievance hearing, and
  • representing a member at a grievance hearing

The Details:

The PSAC will provide travel, accommodation, meal and incidental allowances, loss of salary, and reimbursement of family care costs, in accordance with the PSAC Travel and Family Care policies.  Please note that this is an advanced in-residence course so hotel accommodation will be provided for all participants including those living in the Lower Mainland.

  • Online application here - the application deadline is now past.

PSAC representatives interested in this course are asked to apply online by 9 AM PST on Tuesday November 14, 2017.

Any questions, please contact:

Deb Seaboyer, Regional Education Officer – BC
c/o PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
phone: 604-430-5631 x 1748
toll-free: 1-800-663-1655 x 1748

All applicants will be contacted by early December 2017 to advise if they have been accepted as a participant on the course.