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Labour Community Advocates Harrison Winter School


Interested in changing lives and strengthening our communities? 

Take the following courses offered by United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Labour Participation Department at the 2017 CLC Pacific Region Winter School.

Labour Community Advocate Level 1 – January 15 – 20

Labour Community Advocates link workers facing workplace, personal or family challenges with resources in the community. They also help identify community issues where a union can play a role through collective bargaining or social action; and they support community activism among union members, unions and labour organizations.

This program provides participants with information about the social issues faced by working people and the resources available in their community. Participants are trained in communication skills, interviewing and referral techniques so they can assist union members to find the appropriate resources. The program also allows participants to explore the ways in which unions and other labour bodies can help build resilient and respectful communities.

Critical Incident Stress – January 22 – 27

When incidents and accidents occur in the workplace, quite often a union is challenged to deal with the impacts and aftermath. This course develops an understanding of critical incident stress and how it can affect people. From there, the course helps unions develop a Critical Incident Response Committee, which can be implemented in the workplace. Participants examine key elements of critical incident response systems, including a review of collective agreement language covering emergency responders and other workers.

Unions in the Community – Revised – February 5 – 10

The labour movement has always played a strong role in the social change movement. This course teaches participants how to work with community partners and how to organize around and participate in community social service issues.

Participants develop skills on working with coalitions, developing community campaigns and creating networks of labour and community activists. The tools provided help strengthen labour’s community presence and develop new activists.

For more information please contact the Labour Participation Department at labourinfo@uwlm.ca

To register for United Way Labour Community Advocates courses, please click here.