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Talking Union Basics is an introductory, core course that has been designed to introduce members to their union and collective agreement. It has been drafted with the following goals and objectives: Goals • have bargaining unit members knowledgeable about their union. • initiate members’ interest in having their working conditions respected and improved upon in the workplace. • create a union presence in the workplace. Objectives By the end of this course, participants will: 1. know why workers need unions, 2. understand the basic principles and values of the PSAC,
The major purpose of this course is to provide grievor’s union representatives with basic knowledge and skills to work with members and effectively process grievances at the initial stages of the grievance procedure and to mobilize them around workplace problems. By the end of the course, participants will: • Know what a grievance is and where the right to grieve comes from; • Understand their legal and contractual rights and obligations as union representatives in the grievance process; • Understand how the grievance process works; • Know how to write a grievance,
On day one, participants will; look at power relationships and how they affect the workplace, identify ways of effectively working across diversity, identify elements that make up a respectful workplace, discuss what is needed in order to establish and maintain a more respectful workplace, and identify and practice skills and methods for dealing effectively with workplace conflict.