Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA)

The Labour Relations Series: Understanding Unions for Non-Unionized Workplaces (Live Online Training)
The Least you Need to Know
Tuesday, November 8th, 2022
Registration Deadline
Monday, November 7th, 2022
Event Description

Employee and labour relations is an exciting field that covers a wide variety of areas such as labour law, people management, and the relationship between workers and management in unionized workplaces. However, the focus of this webinar will be on your open shop model, or non-unionized workplace.


Unions have had a significant impact on corporate and people management practices and in many cases have influenced employers in non-union environments to adopt more progressive practices. This includes how employees are hired, how performance is managed and how discipline is administered.


This 2-hour introductory LR webinar will give our members in non-unionized workplaces a look into how to better understand your existing employee management practices.


We will cover such topics as:

  • Introduction to Labour Relations
    • Applicable Laws & Legislation
    • Labour Code vs Employment Standards- which apply to your workplace
    • Human Rights Code
    • Charter of Rights & Freedoms
  • Functions of Unions
    • Worker representation
    • Why workers may seek representation
  • How unions organize a workplace
    • Who commences certification action?
    • What is required to be certified?
    • The representation vote: Card Check vs. Secret Ballot – and why this is important
  • Employers rights and responsibilities during an organizing campaign
    • What is an “Unfair Labour Practice” and how to avoid
    • Effective communication strategies
  • Case Study

Presenter: Pamela Bragg - Sarkany Management Inc.


Pamela Bragg is the owner of Sarkany Management Inc., a Human Resources Consulting firm, which offers a broad range of HR services. Pamela has a comprehensive background in executive level human resources and holds a Masters Certificate from Stanford in Diversity & Inclusion as well as a Masters Certificate in Strategic Human Resources & Organizational Change


Disclaimer: The content of this presentation is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.


Webinar Time: 9:00am - 11:00am Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Contact & Support

For support or inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 604-298-7795 during regular business hours.

All prices in Canadian dollars
Ticket Price
Attendee Registration For Workshop
ICBA Member $50.00
CHBA Northern BC Member $50.00
Merit Member $50.00
Non-Member $70.00
Sharing a single registration between two or more individuals is not permitted. Please register each person that will be in attendance.
Agenda (Pacific Time)
9:00am - 10:00am
Additional Information


  1. Computer or laptop
    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cell-phones or tablets may not be adequate.
    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS
    • For a full list of Zoom’s requirements click here
    • Downloading of the Zoom app will ensure a much faster experience
  2. Webcam – in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class
  3. Microphone
  4. Internet connection - For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. Minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.
  5. A quiet space with minimal distractions - microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.  
  6. Comfortable chair 
Cancellation &
Refund Policy



Cancellations received at least 5 business days prior to the webinar date will result in a full refund.


Registrants who do not attend/log into a webinar, and/or who do not notify ICBA of cancellation at least 5 full business days prior to the course date will be assessed the full cost of the webinar. There will be no refunds or credits in this case.


Substitution of attendees is permitted up to and including the day of the webinar.




ICBA may have to postpone or cancel webinars due to insufficient enrolment, in which case ICBA’s liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.

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