Education

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 a 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 Spring Program Booklet (PDF)

Course Information and Registration

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

Labour Economics - March 5 & 6

Decolonization Through Reconciliation - March 7 -- FULL

Human Rights Boot Camp - May 11-14

Labour as a Force for Peace and International Solidarity - May 23

Investigations and Interrogations: Representing Members in Employer Interviews - May 26

Discipline and Discharge - June 9

Striking with History - June 10