Labour Relations Essentials


During the PSEA Labour Relations Essential workshop, participants will learn foundational labour relations principles as they apply to the post-secondary sector.

Through this workshop, participants will:

  • gain an understanding of the legal framework behind labour relations,
  • explore the interplay between legislation and collective agreements, key labour relations concepts such as management rights, union duties, roles and responsibilities of union and management, and PSEA's role as bargaining agent.

The workshop provides participants with opportunities to apply their knowledge and understanding of labour relations principles directly through group work and real-life examples.


Participants will gain a foundational understanding of the union/management relationship, the duties of each party, and the legal concepts that govern collective bargaining and contract administration.


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

  • Navigate the legal framework behind labour relations.
  • Work collaboratively with union representatives.
  • Explain and apply foundational labour relations principles to the post-secondary sector.
  • Explain the interplay of legislation and collective agreements.
  • Describe key labour relations concepts:
    • Management rights
    • Union duties
    • Roles and responsibilities of union and management
    • PSEA’s role as bargaining agent
    • The “maze” of navigating the legal framework behind labour relations.

Cohort #1

Format: In-Person

Date: October 24, 2023

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

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PST

Lunch: Provided

Cost: Included in PSEA Membership

Facilitator(s): TBD

Cohort #2

Format: Online – Zoom Platform

Date: October 10th and 17th, 2023

Time: 9:00 am – noon PST

Cost: Included in PSEA Membership

Facilitator(s): TBD

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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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Chris Rawson

Chris is a senior labour relations and human resources professional with over 35 years of experience in both public and private sector settings providing strategic direction, achieving organizational objectives, and negotiating collective agreements. She has unique experience representing employers and unionized employees and acting as a negotiator on a sectoral basis for PSEA.

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Linda Heska

Linda is a consultant, human resources professional, and a labour relations specialist. Linda has over thirty years of H.R. experience with twenty-plus years of leadership experience, primarily in unionized environments within the public sector.

A particular area of Linda’s expertise is grievance management, collective bargaining and labour management relations.

Linda holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Management Certificate, maj. Human Resources, from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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