April 2, 2019

To: Steward Applicant

From: Ernie McLean, Regional Representative
Peter MacDougall, Chair, BC/Yukon Regional Training Committee

Re: Basic Steward Training – May 9 – 11, 2019 - REFRESHER

A Basic Steward Training session is being offered on May 9 -11, 2019 in Vancouver. We are offering additional spots to stewards who have taken Basic Training over three years ago and would like a refresher. The training will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The course will be held at the Simon Fraser University Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Accommodation will be provided at the adjoining Delta Vancouver Suites.

By the end of this training, you will:

  • Appreciate the role of unions and stewards in the workplace;
  • Identify your role and responsibilities as a steward;
  • Develop basic knowledge of the grievance and discipline processes;
  • Engage with other new stewards, experienced stewards and PIPSC staff;
  • Build confidence in order to advise and support members; and
  • Identify strategies to build the union presence in your workplace.

All course materials will be provided at the session. However, please bring a copy of your collective agreement.

Stewards interested in attending the training are invited to complete the online registration form by April 23, 2019. Note that we will not be able to accept late registrations. Priority will be given first to new stewards and remaining spots will be opened to those requesting a refresher. As per the PIPSC Training Policy, eligibility will be given to stewards who have taken Basic Training more than three years since they last took the training. All eligible stewards will be placed on a list in the order they are received. To register, please see link: http://www.pipsc.ca/portal/page/portal/website/regions/bcyukon/bc_train If there is space, we will contact you by email no later than 4:00 pm on April 26, 2019. Once confirmed, you can contact BCD Travel at 1-866-768-7624 to book your travel arrangements (if required). Hotel reservations will be made in your name by the Vancouver regional office as per the selected nights on your registration form.

Keep in mind when registering that it is expected that all participants attend this course in its entirety. As part of the Basic Training, stewards are expected to attend the Friday night dinner, which is an important part of networking. Only participants with extenuating circumstances will be permitted to opt out.

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Fung at 604.688.8238 or 1.800.663.0485, extension 7820 or pfung@pipsc.ca.

We look forward to meeting and working with you.


Ernie McLean
Regional Representative
Vancouver Regional Office

Peter MacDougall
Chair, BC/Yukon Region
Training Committee



May 9 – 11, 2019

SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel


Stewards can claim the lesser of the actual kilometres (x .53¢)* driven or the rate of $700.00,* which is based on Air Canada Flight Passes and ground transportation.

Compensatory salary and meal expenses will be reimbursed based on travel by plane.

*This is based on the PIPSC Travel Policy Schedule A, effective April 1, 2019.

Any car rental requests require pre-approval.

Once you have been confirmed by e-mail and you require air travel arrangements only, please call BCD Travel in Ottawa at 1.866.768.7624 or by e-mail at reservations1.ca@bcdtravel.com to reserve your flights. You will be asked for your Aeroplan number if you are booking on an Air Canada flight.

If you have any questions about the PIPSC Travel Policy, please inquire prior to travelling.

Additional costs due to driving (rather than flying), such as meals, time missed from work and accommodation incurred during transit, will be at the responsibility of the traveller. Refer to the PIPSC Travel Policy available on our website at: www.pipsc.ca for further information.


The meeting and hotel coordinates are:

Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

Delta Vancouver Suites
550 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1L6

It is expected that the majority of participants will be able to travel on Thursday morning in order to get to the training on time for the 1:00 p.m. commencement.

Participants from Whitehorse are entitled to accommodation on Wednesday evening, upon request.

Participants who reside outside of the Lower Mainland, or those who reside outside a 16 km radius, but within a normal commute from downtown Vancouver [ie. Surrey, Delta, etc.], will be provided accommodation for Thursday and Friday evening, upon request. Local participants within a 16 km radius from the hotel will be provided accommodation for Thursday and Friday night, upon request.

As there are no activities scheduled for Saturday evening, it is expected that participants who have less than a three (3) hour commute will travel home on Saturday following the training. Those participants who cannot arrive home by 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night travelling by the most direct route, including a one hour meal stop, are entitled to accommodation upon request.

The Vancouver office will be solely responsible for booking your room nights at the hotel and will occur once you receive the confirmation e-mail. The room rate is based on single or double occupancy. If you wish to bring your spouse and/or child/children, please inform us on your registration form.

The cost of the hotel will be paid by the Institute through a master account. All incidental expenses are to be paid by the member. Rooms will be guaranteed to the Institute for late arrival. Please be aware that PIPSC will be charged in full for any rooms cancelled after May 1, regardless of whether or not they are used. We ask that you be mindful of this fact when completing your registration form, as we have had to pay for rooms after individuals decide to leave early. If, however, you have to cancel at the last minute with a valid reason, please notify Patricia Fung immediately at 604.688.8238 or 1.800.663.0485, extension 7820 to cancel your reservation.


Parking will be provided at the hotel. Please note this amount will be charged to your bill upon check-out and can be submitted with your expense claim to the Institute. PIPSC will reimburse for one vehicle only. If you do not have a hotel reservation and require parking, please note that payment will be required upon arrival at the hotel. You will be able to submit this expenditure with your expense claim to the Institute.


Lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday. On Friday evening, there will be a dinner hosted for the participants at 6:00 pm and stewards are expected to attend, as it is an important part of networking. Only participants with extenuating circumstanced will be permitted to opt out. No scheduled events will occur on Saturday evening or Sunday.

Note: Meal allowances will not be paid for the lunches on Friday and Saturday, and the dinner on Friday evening.


Institute policy allows for compensating participants who use vacation, compensatory leave or leave without pay for attendance at training sessions. Compensation is also allowed when such leave is required to travel to the course. The participant must provide a completed employer's leave form authorizing the leave and complete a PIPSC Compensatory Salary Claim Form available on the PIPSC website.

Salary compensation will be provided for up to two (2) days on Thursday and Friday, including reasonable travel time, except in the case of shift workers who will be reimbursed for appropriate shifts due to their attendance at the training. Reasonable travel time is defined as the amount of time that it takes to get from your home or work to the training location by the most direct route with no stops.


Dependent, child or other care expenses, will be paid by the Institute where receipts are provided and in accordance with PIPSC policy.

If, for any reason, you expect to deviate from the guidelines set out in this document, you must notify us in advance.

Please do not hesitate to contact Patricia Fung by phone at 604.688.8238 or 1.800.663.0485 extension 7820 or by e-mail at pfung@pipsc.ca should you require further information regarding this training activity.