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We hope you’ll have an opportunity to take some time over the summer to relax and rejuvenate.  While relaxing, consider  sun.flower2burying your nose in a book that simultaneously energizes, educates and entertains!  Visit laborbooks.com to see a selection that includes mysteries, children’s books, biographies and histories as well as books that can help with your commitments as a union activist!

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stew-trainingLearn the crucial fundamentals of being a union steward—quickly and easily—with the eight-part training course from UCS. Experienced stewards will find the course a great way to brush up on key skills as well. Interactive Scenario Simulators and Skills Checks put you in real-life situations to solve real-life problems. The course covers all the basics.

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This Week's Labor Video

What's Going on With Overtime?

Economist Robert Reich breaks down the need to raise the threshold for overtime pay.

This Week's Member Tip

The Steps of a Grievance

Before just about any workplace complaint is put into writing, as a formal grievance, an attempt should be made to work through the problem at the lowest level. Even if your contract’s grievance procedure doesn’t specifically call for an informal oral step to start out 2015.07.27 membertip grievance.stepswith, you and/or your union steward should talk to a supervisor in an attempt to clear up any misunderstandings, or to resolve any disagreement. This is almost always a good idea, in part because once a complaint is committed to writing, parties’ positions tend to harden. And even if an informal attempt to address a problem does not in fact resolve it, it generally has the beneficial effect of clarifying what the problem is and how the parties may see it differently. But if informal attempts don’t work, the next step consists of formally putting the grievance in writing. Generally the idea is simply to lay out, at least in general terms, that an identified action taken by the employer is being challenged, and that certain relief is sought. Your contract booklet itself may contain a sample form to be used to initiate a grievance. One or more face-to-face meetings take place following the filing of a formal written grievance. At these meetings, the union and the employer representatives try to hash out whether they agree on what the facts are, whether the contract has in fact been violated, and if so, what it will take to resolve the grievance.

Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer

Bookstore Featured Products

  • members guide carousel Union Member's Complete GuideMore infoIntroduce new members to the union!

  • motherbk Autobiography of Mother JonesMore infoAutobiography of "the most dangerous woman in America."

  • I Just Got Elected 2nd Edition I Just Got Elected, 2nd EditionMore infoFor officers who are committed to doing things differently than their predecessors.

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