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Organizing 101 Workshop Series: Understanding the Employment Standards Act

June 6, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



Are you tired of having your labour taken for granted? Are you interested in unions but don’t know where to begin? Do you want to come together with your coworkers to challenge power and stand up for yourselves? Or do you just want to know how to protect yourself from missing wages, discrimination, and bad bosses?

At this stage in the COVID-19 Pandemic, workers understand better than ever that they deserve better protections and fair treatment. Workers deserve to know how to stand up for their rights. Workers deserve unions.

Join us for our Organizing 101 workshop series to learn how to organize for the rights you deserve.

For the first time ever, the Worker Solidarity Network and the Labourers’ International Union of North America are teaming up to offer a comprehensive and FREE online workshop series covering everything you need to know to stand up for your rights, fight back against employer abuse, and form a union.

Workshops will cover: Understanding the Employment Standards Act, Procedural Fairness 101, Retaliation, the Labour Code, Organizing 101, talking to your coworkers about unions, and more!

Workshops will run once a month online for an hour from June to August, and then bi-monthly online September to November. We will end with a session introducing you to all the major unions in BC to find the union right for you!

Register here.


1) Understanding the Employment Standards Branch: June 6th

2) Procedural Fairness 101: July 4th

3) What is Retaliation: August 1st

4) Labour Code Part 1: September TBA

5) Labour Code Part 2: September TBA

6) Organizing Part 1: October TBA

7) Organizing Part 2: October TBA

8: Organizing Part 3: November TBA

9) Unions in BC Showcase: November TBA

Sign up to be a member of the Worker Solidarity Network at to stay in touch and find out more!


What is the Employment Standards Act? What is the Employment Standards Branch? What laws and protections are in place for non-unionized workers in BC, and how do you go about navigating violations of the law by your employer? Are you owed wages that you are legally entitled to from your boss? How do you recover missing wages?

Come join workers on June 6th online, at 6pm, to learn about the Employment Standards Act, how to protect your rights as a non-unionized worker, with a focus on wage theft.

Many workplaces are currently facing a staff shortage which means workers are overworked and facing difficult conditions. The lack of enforcement of minimum wage and overtime laws means that workers need to protect themselves and their coworkers from wage theft. Yet, often workers do not demand for wages owed to them because they fear retaliation from their bosses. There are different avenues to justice for wage theft, come to the free training to find out what may work for you.

This workshop will serve as an introduction to your rights as a worker in BC and the steps you can take to protect them. A zoom link will be sent upon registration, and all registrants will be notified of the next workshop in our series upon completion of the first one.