Learning Development Courses

SGEU's learning development (LD) courses are intended to increase your knowledge of what it means to be part of our union, equip you to be a steward in the workplace and play other union leadership roles.

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

To register for learning development courses in your geographical area, visit our training schedule and apply online at least 10 days prior to the course start date.

If your local or sector would like to sponsor a course, please contact our Communications & Education Department.

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Course Descriptions

Whether you're looking for a course that will introduce you to SGEU, help you understand your collective bargaining agreement, build your skills as a steward, learn about unionism on Turtle Island, or a different topic, you're sure to find something of interest in our courses.

Learning Development 10: Introduction to the Union

In this introductory course, you will expand your knowledge surrounding the history and function of the labour movement, the importance of unionism, as well as the organizational structure and function of SGEU. You will learn what it means to be a member of SGEU and an active Union activist in your community. Key concepts include learning the importance of applicable legislation such as the Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code and building on the understanding of rights in your workplace.

Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Prerequisite: Open to all members.

Learning Development 11: Roles and Responsibilities of an SGEU Steward

The objective of this course is for you to understand the competencies, duties, and responsibilities of being a Steward representing your SGEU membership. Key concepts include the Steward role in meeting representation of members, effective note taking and evidence collection, pre-grievance investigation, as well as being a union activist on behalf of SGEU.

Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Prerequisite: Open to all members.

Our LD 12 course is called “Know your collective Agreement” and focuses on the language in collective agreements and its interpretation. It will be based on your specific CBA.

Length: 1 day

Prerequisites: Open to all members.

Our LD 20 course is second level steward training. It’s comprised of three parts and teaches you more about collective agreements, conflict resolution and grievance handling. The participants will practice problem solving techniques, preparing and presenting the grievances, at step 1. They will understand Duty of Fair Representation and representing workers as well as building on their skills in investigating and responding to members concerns in a timely fashion.

LD  20A - Effective Conflict Resolution - Conflict is an inevitable part of workplace dynamics, and as union members, it's crucial for you to develop effective conflict resolution skills. LD 20A is designed to provide you as a union member with the necessary knowledge and strategies to effectively manage and resolve conflicts in your respective workplace(s). Key course concepts include knowledge surrounding different conflict resolution approaches, techniques for effective communication, negotiation skills, and strategies for promoting collaboration and fostering union-management relations. Participants will learn the types of harassment, how harassment is defined in the Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code and how they are applicable in unionized work environments.  

LD 20B - Grievance Preparation - Grievance handling is one of the most important aspects of a unionized work environment and as such requires an in-depth understanding of the legal and practical knowledge of the grievance framework. Key concepts in this course include important legal tests and considerations when involved with disciplinary procedures, practical experience on how to complete and submit a grievance form and the appropriate collective bargaining agreement language, as well as supporting documentation and investigation skills for building an effective grievance. Expand your steward skill set on how to effectively investigate, navigate, and empower stronger grievances in your workplace.

LD 20C - Collective bargaining and interpreting collective agreement - This course encompasses two distinct training pieces.  First focuses on collective bargaining and enables participants to understand bargaining process, legal framework for bargaining, good & bad faith bargaining and roles of negotiating committee. The second focus to develop interpretation skills. Participants will learn about interpreting collective agreement and principles of interpretation and practice interpreting their own collective agreement.

Length: 20A (2 days), 20 B (1 day), and 20 C (2 days)

Prerequisites: Learning Development 10 and 11 and you must take the courses 20A, 20B and 20C in sequential order. Priority will be given to stewards (and those interested in becoming a steward) who are registered to complete their 20 level course series and registered for upcoming LD 30 classes. 

Learning Development 30: Third-Level Steward Training

This is third level of steward training. The participants will continue with problem-solving techniques and contract enforcement. They will be engaged in practical exercises on negotiation and arbitration.

Length: 2 days

Prerequisites: Learning Development 10, 11, and 20s. Only available to stewards, members of negotiation committees/bargaining councils, provincial council members, sector and local table officers.

Learning Development 40: Union Governance Training

This learning development aims to create efficient, successful leaders with sound knowledge of union governance and appropriate leadership skills.

Length: 2 days

Pre-requisites: Open only to sector VPs, member of the bargaining council/ negotiating committee, provincial council members, sector and local table officers.

Learning Development 61: Member Facilitator Training (Under review)

SGEU's member facilitator course aims to develop facilitators who can participate and take active role as co-facilitators during SGEU educational events.

Length: 3 days

Prerequisites: Learning Development 10, 11, and 20s.

This three-day training will equip participants with the information, attitude and skills needed to act effectively in an ombudsman role at SGEU events. The course is designed to strengthen participants' judgement in dealing with the conflict situations, and promote a thoughtful and respectful climate for discussion as a necessary condition of solidarity among members.

Length: 3 days

Prerequisites: Learning Development 10, 11 & 20B.

Indigenous Peoples (Métis, Inuit and First Nations) are the original inhabitants of this territory of North America, also known as Turtle Island. They make up the original labour force of Canada and all of us benefit from the wealth of knowledge, experiences and land that they share. In this course, Unionism on Turtle Island, participants will be asked to critically examine the privileges and advantages Canadians have gained by the continued marginalization of Indigenous Peoples. Participants will be provided with resources and information, and will engage in activities that will help to foster an understanding of the strength and resilience of Indigenous Peoples. Participants will also be asked to engage in uncomfortable discussions around residential schools, racism and white privilege, the legacies of which continue to perpetuate inequities in all aspects of Canadian society including the labour movement. Participants are asked to come with an open mind and heart, and to be ready to investigate current inequities and solution seek to find ways to make our workplaces, sectors, union and community reflect the true intent of the treaty relationship.

This three-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

Length: 3 days

Pre-requisites: Open to all members