Union Education - Sample Workshops
- Arbitration: Making Your Best Case
- Collective Bargaining for Local Unions
- Common Sense Economics
- Effective Union Leadership
- Employment Laws Affecting Workers
- Family and Medical Leave Act
- Health and Safety
- Labor Law for Local Unions
- Screening Grievances for Arbitration
- Strengthening the Local Union
- Steward Training
- Special Topics in Steward Training
- The Union's Response to Lean
Learn how to prepare and present an arbitration case, including: researching arbitration standards; understanding contract interpretation; developing a theory of the case; gathering evidence; selecting and preparing witnesses; handling direct and cross examination; and preparing opening and closing statements.
Presents a vision of the economy from the workerâ€™s perspective and connects economic issues and policies to the unionâ€™s goals.
Duties of the union officers; setting goals and objectives for the union; problem solving techniques; participative decision making; conflict resolution; identifying your leadership style and adapting your style to fit the situation.
A discussion of sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and/or the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The union's role in enforcing the FMLA and an overview of the FMLA regulations, with emphasis on the definition of a serious health condition, medical certification and recertification, and notification requirements.
The union's role in health and safety, including safety surveys and risk mapping; enforcing OSHA in the workplace; joint health and safety committees; handling grievances and bargaining health and safety language.
Introduction to the National Labor Relations Act; the special status of union representatives; protecting the grievance procedure; the union's rights to information; representational rights in disciplinary interviews; solicitation and distribution of literature; and the duty of fair representation.
Should this grievance go to arbitration? Discuss duty of fair representation considerations, researching arbitration standards, rules of contract interpretation, deciding on a theory of the case, and analyzing evidence, proof, and witnesses.
Assess the current strengths and weaknesses of the local; learn how to conduct an internal organizing drive, develop effective strategies for reaching and communicating with rank and file members, and increase member involvement and interest in the local.
The various roles of the steward; the special legal status of the steward; grounds for a grievance; past practice; just cause for discipline; grievance investigation and rights to information; fact sheets and grievance writing; and presenting a grievance.
A discussion of the key concepts and terminology used in Lean production and high performance work organizations and a development of strategies for responding to and strengthening the union faced with these programs.