WHAT IS THE FALL SCHOOL?
Union Training in a fun and relaxing atmosphere! It is an opportunity for members to gain specialized knowledge and skills. You will network and build solidarity with other PSAC members from across the Region. Returning to your workplaces and locals energized to work on behalf of the membership in your community.
Our 2012 Fall School program will reflect the PSAC’s priorities of: Political Action and Campaigns and Building the Union at the Base. According to the approved Ontario Region Education Plan (2010-2012) we will offer 4 courses:
LOCAL OFFICERS ADVANCED TRAINING
Ideally, two or more members of the same local executive should participate in this
course. You will develop leadership skills, problemsolving skills, and mobilization
skills. Course content includes the role of the local executive, strategic planning,
local activities, local committees and terms of reference, communicating and
recruiting, representation issues and the Duty of Fair Representation, local meetings,
improving the effectiveness of union management consultation and rights and
protections of union representatives. You will learn about social activism and how
to involve members in the broader labour movement. You will participate in a
module on the implementation of the PSAC AntiHarassment Policy including the
roles and responsibilities of the Local.
OPEN TO: All Local Executive Officers and Stewards, with priority to Local
Prerequisite: The Talking Union Basics course (TUB) or its equivalent.
ADVANCED DUTY TO ACCOMMODATE
This comprehensive advanced course will equip participants to provide
representation and advice for members with disabilities who require accommodation
in the workplace. Issues include avenues for compensation (i.e. Workers’
Compensation and Disability Insurance), mental health disabilities, harassment and
accommodation and intersectional oppression. Participants will work with complex
case studies, based on jurisprudence, in order to work through various
OPEN TO: Steward, Local Officers, Human Rights Activists, Members of Equity
Committees, Health & Safety Activists, WSIB Advocates, Members of Return to
Prerequisite: Applicants must have successfully completed the Talking Union
Basics course (TUB) or its equivalent and had Steward training (i.e. Grievance
Handling course or Advanced Steward Training or equivalent), experience with
representation and exposure to issues related to the duty to accommodate.
Please note: You must request “Leave Without Pay” (LWOP) from your
Employer, Duty to Accommodate is the Employer’s responsibility.
PSAC ANTIHARASSMENT WORKPLACE POLICY
This course identifies acts of bullying and harassment and examines the roles and
responsibilities of the union and employer in relation to antiharassment policy and
creating safe workplaces. Participants will learn how to implement and apply the
PSAC AntiHarassment Policy, as well as review alternative processes to resolve
complaints and support members experiencing bullying and harassment. The course
will also discuss what members and Local representatives should expect from an
employer investigation and how the Duty of Fair Representation works. By the end
of the course, participants should understand the roles and responsibilities of the
union and employer, have a good working knowledge of the PSAC Anti
Harassment Policy and be able to help create harassmentfree workplaces.
WORKERS HEALTH AND SAFETY CENTRE (WHSC)
LEVEL I: OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
This course will provide participants with a basic level of occupational health and
safety awareness including hazard recognition and the legal rights and
responsibilities of all workplace parties. It’s also designed to build participant
confidence and encourage active involvement in workplace health and safety
initiatives. The Level I program consists of seven (7) core modules
• Legislation (Provincial or Federal)
• Principle of Control
• Staying Alive while Earning a Living
• Toxic Substances
• Body and the workplace
• Myth of the Careless Worker
* and three (3) additional elective modules.
Open to: PSAC members who are either members of the Joint Health & Safety
Committees or are workplace Health & Safety Representatives. The course is open
to members from both the provincial and the federal labour jurisdiction.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Talking Union Basics (TUB) course is strongly
Loss Of Salary: Applicants must request Salary Replacement by your Employer as
H&S is an Employer obligation.