Beyond Speeches and Resolutions: Building Equality in Unions and Workplaces

November 2, 2020 at 9:30 AM - November 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St
Vancouver, BC V5L1K3
Contact VDLC Office 604-254-0703

About this Event

2 days - November 2 & 3, Monday and Tuesday / 9:30am to 4:00pm

Please note that this course will be offered in-person, with appropriate precautions in place, if it is safe to do so. If that is not possible, this course will be postponed and added to the Spring 2021 program.

You will be required to wear a mask while in class. These will not be provided.

This course is about human rights, diversity, representativeness, and equality. We will examine the tools available to unions through collective bargaining, administration of contracts, and conducting campaigns to better the lives of their members, and the broader society. Rather than focus on speeches, resolutions, and the like, participants will brainstorm ideas for specific projects that balance the existing rights of workers with initiatives that will ensure inclusivity, representation and equal participation in the union and the workplace.

Guest speakers will share their successes and challenges that will assist participants in achieving meaningful change.

Instructor: Conni Kilfoil

Conni Kilfoil is a retired labour and human rights lawyer who, after 28 years in the BC labour movement, continues to be a human rights advocate, facilitator, trainer and mediator, specializing in human rights in the workplace, accommodation of disabilities, and bullying and harassment in the workplace.


Pre-registration is required as course space is limited - registration is open to all, union membership is not necessary. If class space is full please contact Elizabeth via email at [email protected] or phone 604-254-0703 to put your name on the waitlist.


Fees include material and a boxed lunch. Cancellations must be received 5 working days prior to course start for a refund. No-shows will be charged the full course fee. Exceptions on a case-by-case basis.


The Vancouver and District Labour Council acknowledges that its offices reside on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

Will you come?

Beyond Speeches and Resolutions: Building Equality in Unions and Workplaces