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 three 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



April 9, 2018 - April 11, 2018
Each day starts at 8:30 am and concludes on the last day at 4:30 pm
*Please plan for accommodation with the hotel even if you live locally as some work into the late evenings will be required.


Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel
5911 Minoru Blvd.
Richmond, BC  V6X 4C7


$1750 + GST

Travel and Accommodation:

Travel and accommodation costs are at districts' own expense. A block of rooms is being held at the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel at a special rate of $169 per night.  The rate will be honoured based on availability.  Participants are required to make their own reservations no later than Friday, March 9, 2018 and arrange payment directly with the hotel. Reservations can be made here: or by contacting the hotel reservation department directly at 1 800 445 8667 or 604 233 3990.  Please mention the group name BC Public School Employers’ Association to ensure that participants receive the appropriate rate.


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

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