VDLC education programs are open, accessible, and affordable.  From labour law and progressive economics to public speaking and social policy, we offer training, seminars, and workshops on a range of topics that are timely and important to trade unionists and social justice activists.

We limit our class sizes to maximize learning, and ensure that every participant is encouraged to participate and make the most of their experience.

Union membership is not required. Many unions will reimburse student costs, and some financial scholarships are available.

Registration can be paid with cash, cheque (payable to the VDLC), e-transfer, or with a credit card (contact VDLC). We can also accept payment by card via Square on the day of the course.

Anita Yan Memorial Labour Law Series

Our Anita Yan Memorial Labour Law Education program is taught by lawyers and advocates who work exclusively for unions and workers. Other education sessions are presented by activists and educators who are experts in their field. These programs complement other education offered through unions, the Canadian Labour Congress (Harrison Winter School) or other training.

Named in recognition of an inspiring union organizer who died too young, this program provides top quality reviews of current labour law and tips for success when working in a legal framework.

VDLC Labour Education Program Fall 2020 Booklet (PDF)

Course Information and Registration

Canada Labour Code Part 1 & 2 - March 3 & 4 -- COMPLETE

Decolonization Through Reconciliation - March 7 -- COMPLETE

Discipline and Discharge - September 11 - via ZOOM -- COMPLETE

Human Rights Boot Camp - September 14-17 -- CANCELLED

BC Labour Code - September 17 - via ZOOM -- COMPLETE

Employer Policies and Labour Law - September 24 - via ZOOM -- COMPLETE

Job Steward Level 1 - September 26 & 27 - via ZOOM -- COMPLETE

Investigations and Interrogations: Representing Members in Employer Interviews - September 29 - via ZOOM-- COMPLETE

BCFED Organizing Institute: Basics of Organizing - October 3 & 4 - via ZOOM-- COMPLETE

Accommodating Alcohol & Drug Addictions and Medical Marijuana at Work - October 5 & 6 in CLASS -- CANCELLED

Striking with History - October 8 -- CANCELLED

Beyond Speeches and Resolution: Building Equality in Unions and Workplaces - November 2 & 3 in CLASS -- COMPLETE

Labour as a Force for Peace and International Solidarity - NEW DATE - November 28 via ZOOM-- SPACE AVAILABLE!

Unions and the Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Process - November 30 & December 1 via ZOOM-- CANCELLED

Advocacy: How to Make your Case Effectively - December 3 & 4 via ZOOM-- SPACE AVAILABLE!