Union Education

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. 

April 23, 2016 - Education Fair - Area 03

These two hour workshops are offered during both morning and afternoon sessions. Take one or two. Your family members are also welcome to attend. A light lunch is provided.

1. Budgeting 101: Learn How to Budget Your Money
2. Social media at home and work
3. Protect yourself! Identity theft and fraud protection

Register online at : http://events.bcgeu.ca/education
Courses run at 10:00 am and again at 1:00 pm

Sponsored by your Area 03 Cross Component Committee - a committee of all BCGEU Locals in the lower mainland and sunshine coast

Self-care and stress management for frontline community services workers

This workshop includes activities, information, resources, and an opportunity to discuss the challenges of your job in a safe environment with peers.

Register online at : http://events.bcgeu.ca/education


BCGEU Scholarships2016 BCGEU Scholarship Award program

The BCGEU 2016 Scholarship Program has now closed.
Please check back in May for the list of winning names.
Successful applicants will receive a letter with instructions on how to claim their scholarship.

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: fund2011@bcgeu.ca

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: laef@bcgeu.ca 

click here to find your BCGEU collective agreement by searching by employer



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.

Click for information and applications

Audio Conferences

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.

DVD/VHS Library

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.


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.