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. 


Castlegar Education Fair

Saturday, June 11, 2016

10:00 – 3:00

BCGEU West Kootenay Area Office

2316 Columbia Ave

These two hour workshops are offered for FREE to you and your family members. Take one or take two.

A light lunch is provided.

Pensions (10:00 – 12:00)

A BCGEU pension specialist will begin with an explanation on the differences between a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution pension plan—do you know what type your plan is? Learn to understand the differences in predicting retirement income under the different arrangements and why it is so important. You will then be given an overview of the various public sector (MPP, PSPP and College) pension plans BCGEU members are in. In addition there will be an update on the changes to the three basic government programs that are currently underway for the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. See how it all ties together to provide you with a more financially secure retirement.

Budgeting 101 (1:00 – 3:00)

Most of us weren't born knowing how to intuitively manage our money, but the good news is budgeting is a skill that anyone can learn. Budgeting 101 is a FREE workshop provided by the Credit Counselling Society of BC and sponsored for members and their families by the BCGEU.

Lunch will be provided

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


Cranbrook Education Fair

Sunday, June 12, 2016

10:30 – 3:30

BCGEU East Kootenay

46 – 7th  Ave S

These two hour workshops are offered for FREE to you and your family members. Take one or take two.

A light lunch is provided.

Pensions (10:30 – 12:30)

A BCGEU pension specialist will begin with an explanation on the differences between a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution pension plan—do you know what type your plan is? Learn to understand the differences in predicting retirement income under the different arrangements and why it is so important. You will then be given an overview of the various public sector (MPP, PSPP and College) pension plans BCGEU members are in. In addition there will be an update on the changes to the three basic government programs that are currently underway for the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. See how it all ties together to provide you with a more financially secure retirement.

Budgeting 101 (1:30 – 3:30)

Most of us weren't born knowing how to intuitively manage our money, but the good news is budgeting is a skill that anyone can learn. Budgeting 101 is a FREE workshop provided by the Credit Counselling Society of BC and sponsored for members and their families by the BCGEU.

Lunch will be provided.

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


Free pensions webinars

Learn more about pensions in a webinar series offered by NUPGE, our national union.

Capital stewardship

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

BCGEU Scholarships2016 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: 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


Scholarships

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.

Click for information and applications

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.

               Information and application for Tommy Douglas Scholarship available here.

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.

               Information and application for the Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship available here.

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.

               Information and appliction for the Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians available here.

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.

               Information and application for the Scholarship for Visible Minorities available here.

Download a notice about the scholarships for posting in your work place here.

For further information please phone (613) 228-9800 /  or email scholarship@nupge.ca


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.


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.