Bargaining Academy


This workshop is recommended for people leaders and human resources or labour relations practitioners who will be involved with bargaining at their institution.

Collective bargaining can be complicated, challenging, and, at times, stressful. During the workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of collective bargaining and experience the bargaining process from start to finish through simulation and role play.


Participants will learn how to prepare for and conduct collective bargaining in the post-secondary sector.


By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate how to prepare and conduct actual negotiations.
  • Assess the outcome of a negotiation.
  • Recognize the psychology behind contract negotiations.
  • Practice the art of negotiation- the mechanics of give-and-take, compromise, and trading issues.
  • Identify the issues in collective bargaining and the challenge of writing acceptable provisions for both parties.
  • Acknowledge the importance of and problems associated with teamwork and intra- organizational bargaining.
  • Acquire an appreciation for the application of bargaining theories to negotiations.
  • Attain an understanding of the legal, political, and relationship landscape in which bargaining occurs.

Cohort #1

Program Length: 3 days

Format: In-Person

Date: December 10, 11, and 12, 2024, additional sessions will be offered in the Winter of 2025

Location: PSEA Office, 3rd floor 2889 East 12th Ave., Vancouver

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PST

Cost: $750.00 plus GST

Lunch: Provided

Facilitator(s): PSEA Staff Members

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Cohort #2

Format: Online

Date: November 12, 13, and 14 2024, additional sessions will be offered in the Winter of 2025

Location: Zoom

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 PST

Cost: $500.00 plus GST

Facilitator(s): PSEA Staff Members

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Twyla Hurley

Twyla is PSEA’s Executive Director of Training. She is currently responsible for creating and implementing learning and development opportunities services for our members. Twyla has over 25 years of leadership, labour relations and consulting experience in the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience in preparing bargaining strategies and acting as a spokesperson for the employer. Twyla holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Business Administration.

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Michael Madill

Michael is PSEA’s Executive Director, Strategic Negotiation Services and has been with PSEA for more than five years. In this role, Michael is responsible for creating and implementing the collective bargaining strategy and plan for all of PSEA’s member institutions. Michael has extensive experience at the bargaining table, and with all aspects of Labour Relations, he has provided consulting services to various public and private sector clients. Michael holds a CPHR designation and a Bachelor of Commerce in Transportation from the University of British Columbia.

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