Union Education

OHS Reps: Register now for the Joint Health and Safety Conference 

Friday, June 19 & Saturday, June 20

The focus of the conference will be on Occupational Health and Safety Committees and will provide committee members with an opportunity to engage in discussing their successes and challenges and to make recommendations to their unions for action.
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BCGEU Education and Scholarship Committee

The Education, Activism and Communications Committee has a broad mandate to promote awareness of union education programs and to make recommendations to the Provincial Executive on union education programs and communications.

BCGEU's Education Course Offerings

BCGEU’s workplace leaders—our stewards, local officers and bargaining committee members—have access to a comprehensive education program to help them develop skills and expertise to represent members in the workplace. We offer "core" courses from 1/2 day to 3 days in length, offered through the area offices. Mini modules run from 2-4 hours in length, and can be offered through area offices.

Fraser Valley Area 04 Education Fair

BCGEU is offering another Education Fair on Saturday March 28, 2015!

Courses are open to members in Area 04 Fraser Valley, fill up quickly and have limited seats, so sign up by calling the Fraser Valley Area Office  (8555 - 198A Street, Langley 604-882-0111).
A catered lunch is provided to everyone for free and local executive members will be in attendance to meet members.

BCGEU ScholarshipsBCGEU Scholarships

NOTE: The 2015 scholarship program is now closed. Please check back in 2015 for the winner's list.

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: Lynda Morrice, BCGEU Telephone: 604-291-9611;   Email: fund2011@bcgeu.ca



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.

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Audio Conferences

Audio Conferences are organized and run out of your area offices. This informative tool is great for Stewards, Local Officers, or even someone who is interested in being a steward. These sessions consist of a 1.5-2 hour audio on a specific subject. The panels are made up of management and labour and each present their perspectives. They talk about the leading cases in the specified subject and what employers and unions are doing within these scopes. You also receive a large package of all the subject information.

If you have a group of people and would like to get together to listen to an audio conference, please contact your area office. Or call the office and ask when the next one will be held. They are open to anyone. Be advised that these audio conferences must be ordered from the Education Department and can only be listened to at the area offices. A staff Representative will attend to stop and start the conference so that the group can discuss aspects and views that have been brought up in the panels.

DVD/VHS Library

The Education Department has many videos and DVDs available for Locals to view. Use them as part of your Local meetings to get more people out...have popcorn during the video and make it accessible for everyone. Run the video at a worksite or for a particular worksite within your Local.

Take a look at the list and if there is something of interest that you would like to use in your Local, contact the Education Department and order the video and it will be signed out to you, or the area office, and to be returned when you are finished.


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