Course Descriptions 2018

PSAC EDUCATION IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

This page offers a description of all NCR education courses.

In bold are the names of the courses offered during the current fall 2018 session.

Basic courses and evening modules

  • Basic Health and Safety
  • Convention Procedures
  • Duty to accommodate
  • Employment Equity
  • Evening Module: Disability Insurance: How to Help Members
  • Evening Module: Facebook and Twitter for Locals
  • Evening Module: Introduction of Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Evening Module: Phoenix
  • Evening Module: The Art of Argument
  • Evening Module: The Steward as a Problem Solver
  • Evening Module: Women and Municipal Politics
  • Grievance Handling
  • Mobilization 101
  • Our Communities, Our Union, Our Rights : An Introduction to the PSAC for Indigenous Members
  • Preventing Violence in the Workplace
  • Retirement Planning
  • Talking Union Basics
  • Understanding and Interpreting the Collective Agreement

Advanced courses and Conferences

  • Advanced Health and Safety
  • Duty to accommodate for members with disabilities
  • New Local Officers' Conference

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Basic courses and evening modules

Basic Health and Safety (Two days)

Participants will examine why workplace health and safety is a union issue and explore the historical efforts made by unions for healthy and safe workplaces.  Members will also be able to familiarize themselves with union perspectives on healthy and safe workplaces, with the internal responsibility system and increase their knowledge on the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

Convention Procedures

This one-day training is for members who are delegates at the PSAC Triennial Convention. It will focus on the what, why and how of conventions.  Members will explore the convention procedures and increase their familiarity with rules of order used at conventions.

Duty to Accommodate (Two days)

This course will examine what is the duty to accommodate and examine the roles of employers, unions and individuals in implementing accommodation measures.  You will spend time reviewing the legal and collective agreement provisions that support accommodation, examine accommodation strategies and identify ways of supporting the duty to accommodate.

Employment Equity

This course will provide participants with an overview of Employment Equity, what it is and its purpose, the legislation involved and the roles and responsibilities of all parties in the workplace. Together we will look at why we need employment equity and its benefits, examine some of the myths surrounding this issue and look at the process for consultation and collaboration between the union and the employer. We will gain new skills and tools for promoting and coordinating Employment Equity/Human Rights issues within our union, our workplaces and the larger labour movement.

Evening module: Disability Insurance: How to Help Members

This workshop will give participants an overview on how they can assist members who want to fill a disability claim.

Evening module: Introduction of Mental Health in the Workplace

By the end of this workshop participants will have more understanding about mental health disabilities and mental health in the workplace; will be able to acknowledge and dispel myths and stigmas on mental health; be better able to engage/represent members with mental health disabilities and recognize the importance of mental health as a workplace health & safety issue and; have tools to assist them taking action in their workplaces

Evening module – Phoenix

The goal of this presentation is to provide members with practical information if they have difficulty getting a full pay due to Phoenix mistakes.

Evening module: The Art of Argument

The session will provide an overview of techniques and skills in preparing and providing argument. Participants will review how to present an issue to the employer, how to state and present facts and how to seek redress.

Evening Module: The Steward as a Problem Solver

This course will allow members to examine conflict, increase their comfort level in dealing with various forms of conflict and develop strategies to work through conflict situations.

Evening Module: Women and Municipal Politics

In preparation of the Ottawa municipal election, this workshop developed by the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), will explore the issues of importance for creating a gender inclusive city, will identify women candidates who support those issues and work with the participants to consider action they can take.

Evening Module: Facebook and Twitter for Locals

This module is designed to equip Locals who are present on social media to ensure constant communication with their members.

Grievance Handling

Attention all stewards! (Or members who are thinking of becoming one…). This two-day grievance handling course will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in effectively handling grievances at the workplace. You will spend time on the technical aspects of grievance handling such as identifying, investigating, drafting, and presenting grievances. Members must have the TUB or equivalent union experience.

Mobilization 101 (One day)

Participants will learn specific information about the challenges facing PSAC members and prepare to engage them in conversations to stand together in solidarity with the Union’s efforts.

Our Communities, Our Union, Our Rights : An Introduction to the PSAC for Indigenous Members

This course is an introduction to the PSAC specifically for Indigenous members. It will help these members better understand how their union works and the tools they need to advance their issues within PSAC.

Preventing Violence in the Workplace (Two-day course)

This course is reserved for stewards, members of Health and Safety Committees and of Local Executive. To provide information and better enforcement tools to PSAC Locals, and Health and Safety Committees on the Canada Labour Code Part II requirements on violence prevention as well as its applicable regulations.

Retirement Planning

Are you thinking of retiring in the next 10 years? If so, this course is a must for you. Can you afford to retire? Are you concerned about health issues? Wonder what you will do with your free time? Do you wonder how leaving your workplace will affect your family and friends? This course is presented by retirees who have tackled those questions and a lot more in their lives. 

Talking Union Basics (TUB)

The TUB is the “cornerstone” of our PSAC Education Program and a prerequisite for most of our other courses. This two-day course will introduce you to the PSAC, its structure, how to become involved and the fundamentals of trade union action. Emphasis is put on members’ rights in the workplace and in the union; on understanding and using the collective agreement and on union mechanisms to obtain and protect rights.

Understanding and Interpreting the Collective Agreement (Two days)

This course will help members better understand what a collective agreement is and what it contains. We examine some of the key provisions and examine how to interpret these. We will apply the collective agreement to real situations in the workplace by using cases that have been subject to arbitration. This course demystifies the collective agreement and gives you the basic skills necessary to enforce your agreement in your workplace.

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Advanced Courses and Conferences

Advanced Health and Safety Training (four days)

Participants will examine why workplace health and safety continues to be an important issue.  Members will also be able to increase their knowledge on the rights and responsibilities of workers.

Duty to Accommodate for Members with Disabilities

This recently updated course is designed to increase the capacity of Locals to effectively represent members with disabilities with respect to the duty to accommodate.

New Local Officers’ Conference

New Local Officers - who have been an executive officer for less than one year - will develop the knowledge, skills and the confidence in order to provide an effective union leadership in their workplace. Participants will learn more about the responsibilities and the work of the Local; know how to implement strategies to increase member participation in the life of their union and increase their familiarity to union structures, decision-making and how these connect to the Local. 

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