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Skill Labs

Skill Labs are live, online sessions designed for stewards to review and practise their skills over Zoom. Any steward can attend these live, interactive drop-in sessions, which will occur regularly. Some sessions are components of full courses while others are standalone sessions. Each session is broadcast in real time and will include a brief presentation on the topic with time for you to practise and refine your skills creating the ultimate steward simulation!

These interactive sessions require stewards to come prepared to engage in the session. We recommend that you join via a computer or tablet to get the most out of the experience.

Please note: These sessions are complimentary and can be taken multiple times. Skill Lab sessions are not salary reimbursed.

Difficult Conversations

This session is designed for stewards interested in learning about the complexity of communication, how power dynamics can affect communication outcomes, and planning strategies for before, during, and after a difficult conversation. This session is a component of the Steward Intermediate course.

REGISTER for Difficult conversation

Employer Investigations

This session reviews the purpose of an employer investigation as well the steps you need to take before, during, and after, the investigation meeting. Participants will practise their skills using case studies. This session is a component of the Steward Essentials course.

REGISTER for EMPLOYER INVESTIGATIONS

How to Read and Interpret a Collective Agreement

This introductory overview provides instruction and practise on easy-to-use tools and resources that make reading and interpreting YOUR collective agreement straight forward. This session is a component of the Steward Essentials course.

Pre-requisite: Complete the How to Read a Collective Agreement module in the Steward Resource Toolkit 

Register for How to Read a Collective Agreement

Member Advocacy

This session provides an overview of critical aspects of BCNU's advocacy work including Human Rights and Equity (HRE), the Licensing, Education, Advocacy, and Practice Program (LEAP), Professional Practice and Advocacy (PPA), and the Professional Responsibility Process (PRP). This session is a component of the Steward Intermediate course.

Register for Member Advocacy

Member Advocacy Panel

This session is a panel discussion designed to answer your questions about BCNU's member advocacy. Join representatives from critical aspects of BCNU's advocacy work including Human Rights and Equity (HRE), the Licensing, Education, Advocacy, and Practice Program (LEAP), Professional Practice and Advocacy (PPA), and the Professional Responsibility Process (PRP) for a lively discussion. This session is complementary to the Steward Intermediate course.

Pre-requisite: Member Advocacy skill lab (see above)

Register for Member Advocacy Panel

Note Taking

This session focuses on steward note-taking training, not formal minute taking. Through activities, discussion, and practise, we will explore how to be a better note-taker. This session is a component of the Steward Essentials course.

Pre-requisite: Review the How to Take Great Notes video in the Steward Resource Toolkit: 

register for NOTE TAKING  

Note Taking 2: Beyond the Basics

Note taking is a crucial component of a steward's skillset and a bedrock of successful grievance outcomes. This session is designed for stewards interested in strengthening this core component of a steward's role by taking their note taking skills to the next level. This session is a component of the Steward Intermediate course.

Pre-requisite:
Note Taking skill lab (see above)

Register for Note Taking 2: Beyong the Basics

Union Investigations

Thorough investigations are a critical aspect of due process. This session reviews concepts and best practices to ensure successful union investigations. Learn about the principles of due process, why they are important, how they are linked to due process, and what you can do to ensure they are followed. This session is a component of the Steward Intermediate course.

Pre-requisite: Review the Union Investigations & Interviews module in the Steward Resource Toolkit.

Register for Union Investigations

Union Management Meetings

This session introduces Union Management Meetings. We explore why we have these formal meetings and how to proactively participate as a union representative. There are brief descriptions provided, followed by practice sessions with time for questions at the end. This session is a component of the Steward Essentials course.

Register for Union Management Meetings


Updated: 9/23/2021 11:05 AM


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