BCGEU's Education Course Offerings
BCGEU’s workplace leaders — stewards, local officers, bargaining committee members and occupational health and safety committee members — have access to a comprehensive education program to help them develop skills and expertise to represent members in the workplace.
The BCGEU provides a variety of courses and workshops to meet the needs of workplace leaders and our members and their families. Courses range from 1-3 days and workshops are between 2-4 hours and offered at area offices through Education Fairs and Local meetings.
- Click on this link for available courses and check the BCGEU Area Calenders or your Local Chairperson for information on available courses in your area.
Free pensions webinars
Learn more about pensions in a webinar series offered by NUPGE, our national union.
Friday, June 10
10.00 am (11.00 am Mountain Daylight Time)
Pension assets in Canada now exceed $1 trillion. The way this money is invested has significant impacts on retirement security, the wider economy, and the welfare of society. It can also affect the jobs of NUPGE members and other public sector workers. This session will examine the growing role of social, environmental, and governance factors in pension plan investment. NUPGE policies and practices related to the responsible stewardship of pension assets will be described.
Register for free here.
Watch these previous pensions webinars on the NUPGE YouTube channel:
- Overview of Canada’s retirement system
- Plan funding and the role of the actuary
- Pension investment
- Pension law
2016 BCGEU Scholarship Award program
The BCGEU is proud to announce the following winners of a 2016 BCGEU Scholarship Award:
Shaelyn Ann Loise Blatta, West Kelowna
Flora Copley, Barriere
Ruth Dyck, Williams Lake
Haven Evans, Prince George
Elisabeth Hill, Port Alberni
Ramona Jones, White Rock
Isaiah Joseph, Langford
Pamela Lozano Fernandez, Chilliwack
Kayla MacKay, Victoria
Tessa Milic, Delta
Sarah Osborne, Victoria
Tenysha Ross-Van Mierlo, Castlegar
Lindsay Russell, Port Moody
Jaya Scott, Victoria
Jordan Tarchuk, Surrey
Gary Wong, Burnaby
*Winners will receive a letter with instructions on how to claim their award.
Please check back in the fall for information on the 2017 Scholarship Award Program.
Community Health Re-Training Fund
If you were laid off after January 28, 2002 due to re-tendering, contracting out, or bumping from a health care job in the community subsector; or
If you are a current employee in a community subsector job and are interested in skills development, you may be eligible for reimbursement of training costs.
The retraining funds are available as a result of a settlement between health unions, health employers and the BC Government related to a June, 2007 Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Bill 29.
You can obtain further information and an application form posted on your Union's website or by contacting the BCGEU by e-mail or telephone.
Contact: James Cavalluzzo, BCGEU Telephone: 604-291-9611; Email: email@example.com
Community Social Services Labour Adjustment and Education Fund
The Community Social Services Labour Adjustment and Education Fund (L.A.E.F) is designed to encourage professional development and continued employment for workers in the community-based social service sector.
The L.A.E.F covers retraining to aid and assist individuals in the community social services sector who have lost their job due to layoff, bumping, contracting out, re-tendering, or have had their hours significantly reduced; and who are taking courses or upgrading to continue in a unionized community social services position in British Columbia.
To be eligible, impacted members must have been covered by one of the three community social services sectoral agreements (e.g. Aboriginal Services, Community Living Services and General Living Services).
Please click on the links below to learn more.
Contact: James Cavalluzzo, BCGEU Telephone: 604-291-9611; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Application form
- L.A.E.F Overview
- Frequently asked questions
- Statement of expense
- L.A.E.F Brochure (NEW)
NUPGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. They're open to the children of the National Union’s 340,000 members, including the BCGEU, who are entering post-secondary education.
The National Union's scholarship program for 2016
Four awards of $1,500 are given each year to children of NUPGE, including BCGEU, members. The deadline for applications is July 6, 2016.
Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. They are open to the children, grandchildren or foster children of the National Union’s 360,000 members who are starting a post-secondary education. Some scholarships may have additional requirements, as noted below.
The Tommy Douglas Scholarship for $1,500 is open to all students who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education institution full-time in 2016 - 2017 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a NUPGE member. It will be awarded for the best 750 — 1,000 word essay on: How Tommy Douglas contributed to making Canada a more just and equitable society.
The Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship for $1,500 is open to all students with disabilities who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education institution full-time in 2016 — 2017 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a member of NUPGE. It will be awarded for the best 750 — 1,000 word essay on: The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities.
The Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians for $1,500 is open to all Aboriginal Canadian students who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education institution full-time in 2016 — 2017 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a NUPGE member. It will be awarded for the best 750 — 1,000 word essay on: The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of Aboriginal Canadians.
The Scholarship for Visible Minorities for $1,500 is open to all visible minority students who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education full-time in 2016 — 2017 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a National Union of Public and General Employees member. It will be awarded for the best 750 — 1,000 word essay on: The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of visible minorities.
Download a notice about the scholarships for posting in your work place here.
For further information please phone (613) 228-9800 / or email email@example.com
These 2 to 3 hour audio conference workshops are organized and run out of your area offices. These sessions are geared for Stewards, Local Officers, or even someone who is interested in being a steward. The session consists of employer and union representatives who discuss the latest decisions on specific labour law. You also receive a large package of all the subject information.
Contact your staff representative to set up a session with other stewards on a specific subject. Click on the link below for a list of audio conference subjects.
There are many videos and DVDs available for locals and cross component committees to view or host video eventings. Use them as part of your Local meetings to get more people out within your Local.
The list includes full length movies and short videos on issues of social justice, labour relations and the environment, as well as many documentaries and full length movies.
LABOUR HERITAGE CENTRE
Check out the Labour Heritage Centre for unique information on the working history in B.C.
The Education Department has approximately 12 different educational workshops on various historical labour events including Operation Solidarity and the BCGEU's fight for survival. They are 1-3 hrs. in length. Contact the Education Department for the list of workshops available to run at a local or cross component event.