Job Steward Level 1

September 26, 2020 at 9:30 AM - September 27, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Vancouver, BC
Contact VDLC Office 604-254-0703

About this Event

2 days - Sept 26 & 27, Saturday and Sunday / 9:30am to 4:00pm Zoom Video Conference

The position of a job steward is the most important position in a union and is often the first point of contact a member has with their union. You stand with and speak for your fellow members in the day to day relations between the union and management in your workplace. This course will lay the foundation for your understanding of the responsibilities of a job steward and will help broaden your understanding of the labour movement.

Instructor: Stephen von Sychowski, President, VDLC

Stephen von Sychowski is the President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council. In order to fulfill his full-time role of VDLC President, Stephen is on leave from his position as Union Representative with MoveUP. He became a member of MoveUP in 2007 when he became employed by Coast Mountain Bus Company, an quickly became involved in the union as a Job Steward. He went on to hold various positions with MoveUP including representing the union’s Transit Group on the Executive Board.

In addition to his involvement with the VDLC and MoveUP, Stephen has also held several positions with the BC Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress. Presently he is a member of the BC Federation of Labour's Executive Council, Co-Chair of the Community and Social Action Committee, and a member of the Political Action, and Constitution and By-Laws Committees and the Climate Action Working Group. He also represents the VDLC at the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, BC Employment Standards Coalition, Living Wage for Families Campaign, Metro Vancouver Alliance, and other community-based organizations. He is a proud member of United Steelworkers Local 2009, and associate member of MoveUP. 


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. 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.

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Job Steward Level 1