October 15, 2019 • Vancouver, BC, Canada

VDLC October 15 Regular Meeting

Everyone welcome!

October 19, 2019 • Vancouver, BC, Canada

Labour Canvasses for a #fairCanadaforeveryone

Join our volunteer labour canvass to support the re-election of NDP Member of Parliament Jenny Kwan!  Sign up to volunteer on our homepage, or contact our office. 

October 23—25, 2019 • Vancouver, BC, Canada

VDLC Labour Education - Unions & the Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Process

To register:  This course will examine the history and nature of Aboriginal land claims, the inter-generational impact of the residential school system, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and an overview of current     Aboriginal issues.  The relevance of these issues to the labour movement will be examined and groups will    brainstorm ways in which tools such as collective...

October 28, 2019 • Vancouver, BC, Canada

VDLC Labour Education - Promotions Oct 28

To register - Every collective agreement has language to guide workplace promotions.  However, promotional language can fall into a number of categories: relative ability clauses, sufficient ability clauses, and hybrid clauses.  Each category places different emphasis on merit and seniority.  In addition, the words used in the collective agreement to  describe merit, such as “ability”, have received considerable attention from...

November 16, 2019 • Vancouver, BC, Canada

VDLC Labour Education - Charter Rights in the Workplace - Nov 16

In recent years, the Supreme Court of Canada, and some lower courts, have confirmed important rights for Canadian unions and their members.  Significantly, these include Freedom of Expression (picketing, leafletting, protest, privacy rights) and Freedom of Association (the right to organize, bargain, and strike).  Decisions regarding Bill 29 in the health care sector, the Harper government back-to-work order against postal...

November 18, 2019 • Vancouver, BC, Canada

VDLC Labour Education - BC Labour Code - Nov 18

To register: This course is designed for union staff reps, officers, and senior stewards who need to understand the BC Labour Code and its application.  It will provide an overview of important sections of the code and the regulations, interpretations, and rulings that you need to know to be strategic and effective. Instructor Jonathan Hanvelt, Banister & Co and Jennifer...

November 19, 2019 • Vancouver, BC, Canada

VDLC Labour Education - Canada Labour Code Pt. 2 - Nov 19

To register: BC based workers and their unions in federally regulated industries and workplaces are covered by the Canadian Labour Code. This new course is designed to provide an understanding of key aspects of the code and its application to the unions and employers covered by federal labour law. The most important sections will be reviewed, along with interpretations and...

November 19, 2019 • Vancouver, BC, Canada

VDLC November 19 Regular Meeting

Everyone Welcome.

November 20—22, 2019 • Vancouver, BC, Canada

VDLC Labour Education - Advocacy: How to Make your Case Effectively - Nov 20&21

To register: Many shop stewards become skilled advocates in winning the union’s case at arbitration and other third party hearings.  This course will assist you to better prepare and present cases by learning some basic legal protocols, techniques and procedures.  The curriculum covers pre-hearing matters, opening statements, direct and cross examination, making objections, and closing arguments. Instructor Leo McGrady Leo...

November 22, 2019 • Vancouver, BC, Canada

VDLC Labour Education - Current Issues in Benefit Law - Nov 22

To Register:  Health benefits are a critical component of compensation. In this session we will examine a selection of issues and current trends in benefits that may impact and inform bargaining and collective agreement interpretation. Among the topics we will explore will be the trend toward sector-specific consolidation of benefit plans, the role of unions in governance, conversions to...