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Leadership Development (LD) courses are intended to increase your knowledge of what it means to be part of a union, equip you to be a steward in the workplace and play other union leadership roles.

Courses are open to all SGEU members, stewards and sectors. Multi-day courses numbered 20 or higher require you to have taken other courses before being eligible.

To enroll for Leadership Development in your geographical area, please review the SGEU events calendar and be sure to apply online at least ten (10) days prior to the course start date. See below for detailed descriptions of each course.

If your local or sector would like to sponsor a course please contact Leah Flamont, the SGEU Education Officer. There will be frequent updates, additions and modifications to the schedule so please review this site often.

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Leadership Development 10: Introduction to the Role of a Steward

In those workplaces where there is a union presence, workers who are members of that union will usually be represented by a union steward. The steward is probably the most recognizable and one of the most important positions within the labour movement. They are an employee of the workplace and not a full-time paid official of the union. Once elected or appointed the union delegate assumes certain rights and obligations under the relevant union rules and policies.

The steward is a vital link between the members, SGEU and management. To many members, the steward is "the Union" and their relationship with the steward will have significant influence on their view of SGEU. Through their actions, attitude and approach the steward will be the SGEU that our members remember. Therefore, it is critical that the image and reputation put forward by the steward is one worthy of their trust, confidence and respect.

This course introduces you to the role of a union steward within your workplace and SGEU. You will become familiar with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), establish skills in problem-solving and gain confidence in your ability to become a Steward in your workplace.

Length: One (1) Day, (7) hours

Pre-requisites: Open to all members of SGEU

Leadership Development 11: Respectful Workplace

The Respectful Workplace introduces the concept of a respectful workplace and describes both appropriate and inappropriate workplace attitudes and behaviours. The course explains how Saskatchewan’s recently amended Occupational Health & Safety Act addresses the issue of personal harassment (Bullying), identifies behaviours that meet the OHSA definitions of personal harassment and describes how to respond appropriately to situations involving bullying or harassment.

The Respectful Workplace is appropriate for all SGEU members. Saskatchewan employers and managers have specific responsibilities regarding the creation and maintenance of a respectful workplace and are provided similar training in accordance with their Policies.

The purpose of the course is to make participants aware of appropriate and inappropriate workplace behaviours and recognize appropriate responses to situations involving inappropriate workplace behaviours.

Length: One (1) Day, (7) hours

Pre-requisites: Open to all members of SGEU

Leadership Development 12: Know Your Collective Agreement

Collective agreements are usually defined by statute as written documents between employers and trade unions. More specifically, they are defined as agreements which contain provisions respecting terms and conditions of employment or the rights, privileges or duties of the employer, the employer’s organization, the trade union or the employees.

A collective agreement is a contract of employment between the parties, being the employer and a trade union. It is a legal and binding document. It is the responsibility of the steward to know the terms and conditions of the collective agreement and ensure they are respected.

Participants are introduced to the language of their collective agreement and develop a familiarity of how to find what they are looking for.

Length: One (1) Day, (7) hours

Pre-requisites: Open to all members of SGEU

Leadership Development 20: Second-Level Steward Training

The purpose of this course builds on those principles and skills identified in the Leadership Development 10 “Introduction to the Role of a Steward”.

This course will build on the effective steward role model as someone who is able to resolve conflict and be recognized as a good problem solver. Strengthen your skills and be a steward who is identified as someone seen as an honest, hard-working and credible person with high integrity, is assertive (not aggressive) and decisive and has the ability to deliver difficult (even if unpopular) news. They are thorough and well organized while remaining positive, motivated, enthusiastic and an energized supporter (and promoter) of SGEU.

The steward will be able to perform a basic new-member orientation. Learn key concepts for interpreting, understanding and applying the collective agreement. Learn the steward’s role in promoting and maintaining a positive, professional and proactive relationship within SGEU and between SGEU and management. Gathering necessary research materials and preparing proposals to support their negotiating committee. Maintaining open lines of communication with the chief steward, other stewards, Labour Relations Officers, members and the SGEU executive office

The participant will practice problem-solving techniques, preparing and presenting a grievance at Step 1. They will explore concepts such as duty of fair representation and support for a representative workforce. As well as building on their skills in investigating and responding to members concerns in a timely fashion.

Length: Three (2) Day Courses

Pre-requisites: Leadership Development 10: Introduction to the Role of a Steward AND Leadership Development 11: Respectful Workplace

 

Leadership Development 30: Third-Level Steward Training

As the SGEU steward, the union has empowered you to serve as a protector of the rights of our members. Standing in solidarity with SGEU, you will help us succeed in our efforts to enrich the lives of the working men and women within the workforce.

This four-day workshop will cover topics such as:

  • Bargaining Strategies and Training.
  • Full Bargaining Simulation.
  • Effective Communications with Members.
  • SGEU Campaigns.
  • Relevant Issue Management such as:
    • Impact of changes to labour law
    • The importance of modernising the trade union movement.
    • Strengthening young workers participation in the trade union movement.
    • Political, economic and environmental crisis austerity and its effects.

Length: Four (4) Days

Pre-requisites:
Leadership Development 10: Introduction to the Role of a Steward AND
Leadership Development 11: Respectful Workplace AND
Leadership Development 20A: Grievance Handling AND
Leadership Development 20B: Conflict Resolution AND
Leadership Development 20C: Collective Agreements

 

 

Leadership Development 62: Ombudsman Training

The Ombudsman enforces SGEU’s Equality Statement at all functions and union gatherings. If a member experiences racism (or other forms of harassment or discrimination) at a union event, a complaint can be made to the Ombudsman or to another officer of the union. The role of the Ombudsman is to hear the complaint, investigates complaints and mediates fair settlements, especially between aggrieved parties such as members or participants within SGEU meetings. The Ombudsman is an individual charged with the duty of redressing these sources of complaints lodged by SGEU members and officials.

This three (3) day course will equip the participants with the information, attitudes and skills needed to act effectively in an ombudsmen role at SGEU events and on an on-going basis. The course is designed to strengthen participants’ judgement in dealing with conflict situations, promote a thoughtful and respectful climate for discussion as a necessary condition of solidarity among members.

Length: Three (3) Days

Pre-requisites: Open to all members of SGEU

Leadership Development 70: Unionism on Turtle Island

SGEU is committed to equity with our union and work force. This course is designed to deepen our understanding of Aboriginal history and impacts of colonialism on Aboriginal people today. We also examine the continued efforts of Aboriginal people in the current Canadian context. Participants will learn how to challenge barriers to diversity within the union and the workplace.

To do this we explore the many connections between Aboriginal struggles and labour struggles in this country. Through this we identify our capacity as unions and Aboriginal people to work together on common goals.

This four-day workshop will cover topics such as:

  • Historical timelines
  • Employment issues
  • The legal basis for Aboriginal rights
  • Explaining Aboriginal rights to union members
  • Common visions and causes between Aboriginal and union struggles
  • Building links between Aboriginal and labour communities
  • Candid conversations with an Elder

The course runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. One day will also include a working lunch and an optional sweat lodge in the evening.

Length: Four (4) Days

Pre-requisites:
Leadership Development 10: Introduction to the Role of a Steward AND
Leadership Development 11: Respectful Workplace AND SGEU Elected Representatives

 

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