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Education program

 

The PSAC is proud to offer its members a union education program that ranks among the best and most comprehensive within the Canadian labour movement. Our various courses provide members with learning opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and personal confidence. Union education encourages participation and promotes mutual respect and understanding between members and the union leadership. A trained membership is an active membership and active members build a strong union.

Here is a list of upcoming courses in BC.

Any PSAC member in good standing can apply for an education course being offered in BC. In order to maximize participation and minimize travel costs, basic education courses are offered within "catchment areas". Currently the catchment areas are: North BC, Southern Interior, East Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and Metro. These catchments are defined by combining the geographic regions that are contained in the BC Region by-laws, S.18(2) and (3).

Fill out an application online or download a course application form (pdf) and mail or fax it back to us if you would like to take a PSAC weekend course.

For more information about catchment areas and how they apply to our education program or any other education related matter, contact Deb Seaboyer, Regional Education Officer.

In Residence courses require a more detailed application form which are generally available well in advance of the dates of the course.

Note that all PSAC courses and events are scent free. Weekend courses start at 9AM and end at 4:30PM, unless otherwise noted.

See below for a news and information related to the PSAC Education Program in BC. Visit the national website for more information about the PSAC National Education program.

April 7, 2015 - 5:48pm •
We are now accepting applications for scholarships available to PSAC members and their children through our scholarship program. Applicants must submit either an 800 word essay, a video, infographic or audio recording to answer the following question:
February 5, 2015 - 1:32pm •
The Programs Section of the PSAC and the PSAC Education Program are launching an on-line version of the Fighting for our Lives; Bill C-4 and Health and Safety course. Visit  - http://psacunion.ca/online-learning  - to access it via the on-line learning section of the national website. It is anticipated the course will take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and it is set up in such a way that you can leave the course and return to it as you choose or as time allows.The objectives of the course:
December 18, 2014 - 9:54am •
PSAC produces a wide variety of toolkits, booklets and resource guides for activists and Locals. We have collected them here as a resource for members. If you would like a printed copy of any of these materials, contact your regional office or PSAC Representative.
November 3, 2014 - 1:12pm •
Are you a Health and Safety rep or member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee in your workplace on behalf of your PSAC local who has already taken a previous Health and Safety CLC Part II course?
August 27, 2014 - 1:37pm •
The PSAC’s Union Development Program (UDP) has been one of the most comprehensive union leadership training programs in Canada for more than 35 years. Building on our rich history, the New UDP will provide an advanced learning opportunity for emerging leaders to develop the necessary analysis and skills to identify and support union priorities, and to expand our pool of skilled activists who can inspire others.Are you passionate about standing up for unions and workers’ rights?
July 31, 2014 - 12:36pm •
Are you an Aboriginal, Inuit or Métis PSAC member who would like to learn more about your union?  If yes, we invite you to apply for the PSAC BC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Circle (NAPC) course.
June 11, 2014 - 2:52pm •
The Joint Learning Program (JLP) announces that a new workshop on Mental Health in the Workplace is now available to union members and their managers of the core public administration.
February 19, 2014 - 2:26pm •
Cheers to Crystal Warner, President of PSAC/CEIU Local 20974 (Immigration and Refugee Board), for this report from the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School.I was able to attend week three of CLC Winter School this year to learn about the collective bargaining (CB) process. As an overview of the course itself, we students spent three days learning about the CB process, and the last two days applying it. We were blessed with two amazing instructors who were Joey Hartman and Dan Klassen – both union and community activists in BC.
November 21, 2013 - 11:06am •
Every year the Canadian Labour Congress Pacific Region holds a series of training sessions for union members. The Winter School provides an opportunity for union members to come together to gain new skills and build relationships and solidarity. For more information visit the CLC website.There are scholarships available for union members in BC.
October 8, 2013 - 3:26pm •
Conservative MPs want to weaken unions. They want to pass a law that will open up our collective agreements. They want to take out our union security clauses.The most important thing we can do to combat these attacks is educate and engage thousands of members about the gains our union has made and the threats we face.

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Upcoming Education program Events

Duty To Accommodate May 23, 2015 • Vancouver
Talking Union Basics May 23, 2015 • Prince Rupert