Steward Intermediate is designed to strengthen the ability of BCNU stewards to address issues in their workplaces and support BCNU members. This blended learning course reinforces key issues in labour relations already covered in Steward Essentials, including progressive discipline, investigations, reading and interpreting collective agreements, and the grievance process. It covers additional principles by looking further into the need for grievance file management and the arbitration processes while introducing labour relations tenets and key concepts for effective communication. Stewards will also participate in practice sessions and be encouraged to integrate BCNU member advocacy services into their role, providing awareness in areas such as OHS, the LEAP program, the Professional Responsibility process and Human Rights and Equity advocacy.
This is a blended learning course. It begins with foundational online learner prep, accessible up to four weeks prior to the first of two live sessions. Over the course of two days (one week apart), the live sessions will review 'just in time' online resources available to support stewards in fulfilling their role.
This course is part of the BCNU Steward Education Program, comprised of three sequential labour relations courses (Steward Essentials/Steward Intermediate/Steward Advanced). After completing Steward Intermediate, we recommend you take the next level course (Steward Advanced) 3 to 6 months after completing Steward Intermediate. This will give you time to gain valuable on-the-job experience that you can apply in the learning activities during the course, and vice-versa. On successful completion of the course, learners will receive a course completion certificate. On successful completion of the program, learners will receive a program completion certificate.
Note: Course applications open three months prior to course start, and close 6 weeks prior to course start to allow Members time to request union leave.
In order to receive salary reimbursement for this course, you will need to apply for Union Leave with your employer. Please apply for Union Leave after your application for the course has been approved. You can find the Union Leave Request Form on the BCNU website. Learn more about How to submit your Member Expense Form for salary reimbursement.
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