Public Education Collective Bargaining Academy 

The Public Education Collective Bargaining Academy has been consolidated with Collective Bargaining Concepts and Constructs.

Labourmanagement negotiations involve a series of interrelated and complex processes. There are a variety of bargaining techniques which lead to the successful negotiation of a collective agreement, including preparation for bargaining, considered by many to be the most important stage in the bargaining process. The first day of this interactive workshop provides an overview of collective bargaining with support staff unions in the public education sector. During the first day of this session, we will discuss various foundational aspects of collective bargaining, including knowledge of the law, planning, strategizing, preparing and finally, negotiating, all in the context of our challenging environment.

The Collective Bargaining Academy is an intensive, high-energy, interactive learning opportunity in a unique four-day format. The Academy — covering all aspects of collective bargaining set in a CHALLENGING environment — features lectures, facilitated discussions, small group activities, and a collective bargaining simulation. Joining the program will be individuals from the labour relations community with extensive expertise and experience in collective bargaining, to enhance the learning opportunities.

The goal of the Academy is to provide bargaining team members with focused training on the dynamics of bargaining, language drafting, and political strategies necessary to succeed at the negotiating table.  The Collective Bargaining Academy provides participants with the information, context, and hands-on skills needed to engage in collective bargaining:

v Awareness of the potential legal snares and pitfalls

v Bargaining preparation

-         Choosing a negotiating team

-         Developing a successful strategy

-         Ensuring availability of resources, both personnel and material

-         Briefing constituents

v Facilitated learning on the art of negotiations through a collective bargaining simulation

-         The protocols and conventions of collective bargaining

-         The importance of understanding (but not necessarily agreeing with) other points of view

-         Increasing understanding of the differences between positions, objectives, and interests and how these differences influence the negotiation outcome

-         The forces that shape collective bargaining

-         The subtleties of moving negotiations to a successful conclusion.

 

Academy Structure

The Academy takes place over four days. Each day starts at 8:30 am and concludes on the last day at 4:30 pm. The evenings of days two and three will be used for preparation and exercises. Registrants are reminded that given the nature of the simulation, timing of events is somewhat fluid and certain activities may take place outside the normal work day. 

Success in the academy is directly related to the energy and commitment of the participants!

 

Upcoming Workshops

Richmond

When:

January 8-10, 2018

Where:

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC  V6X 1A3

Cost:

$1750 + GST

Travel and Accommodation:

Travel and accommodation costs are at districts' own expense. A block of rooms is being held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel at a special rate of $159 per night.  The rate will be honoured based on availability.  Participants are required to make their own reservations as soon as possible and arrange payment directly with the hotel.  Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel reservation department directly at 1 866 238 4218 or 604 273 7878.  Please mention the group name BC Public School Employers’ Association or group code BCPSEA to ensure that participants receive the appropriate rate.

Registration:

Space is limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment. Please note, should there be insufficient enrolment to meet minimum requirements for a session, the workshop will be cancelled and registration fees will be refunded. An email notification will be sent to registrants if the workshop is cancelled.
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Kelowna

When:

January 29-31, 2018

Where:

Ramada Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre
2170 Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 6G8

Cost:

$1750 + GST

Travel and Accommodation:

Travel and accommodation costs are at districts' own expense. A block of rooms is being held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel at a special rate of $159 per night.  The rate will be honoured based on availability.  Participants are required to make their own reservations as soon as possible and arrange payment directly with the hotel.  Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel reservation department directly at 1 800 854 9517 or 250 860 9711.  Please mention the group name BC Public School Employers’ Association or group code BCPSEA to ensure that participants receive the appropriate rate.

Registration:

Space is limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment. Please note, should there be insufficient enrolment to meet minimum requirements for a session, the workshop will be cancelled and registration fees will be refunded. An email notification will be sent to registrants if the workshop is cancelled.
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Questions

If you have any questions concerning the workshop, please contact Chanelle Mendoza by e-mail at chanellem@bcpsea.bc.ca or by phone at 604.730.4503.

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