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Autumn is a lovely season, don’t you think?  Comfortable temperatures, fall flowers, colorful leaves and, for many, a return to school and the pursuit of knowledge.  Of homepage fall graphcourse, you don’t need to be in school to learn new things—just visit our bookstore to see a fantastic selection of books that will reveal new perspectives on everything from collective bargaining to labor history, from handling grievances to understanding the FMLA.  Go ahead, click on the link to our bookstore! http://laborbooks.com/

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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


Woody Guthrie tells the story of the infamous 1914 Ludlow Massacre, in which Colorado state militia, using machine guns and fire, kill about 20 people—including 11 children—at a tent city set up by striking coal miners.

This Week's Member Tip

Subjects of Bargaining

Depending on the law covering your type of workplace, subjects of bargaining may be:2015.09.28 membertip bargaining

• “Mandatory,” meaning that the parties must bargain over them if either side wants to. Covered topics are those dealing with “wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment,” including health plans, pensions, leave policies and so on.

• “Permissive” or “voluntary,” meaning that either side has the right to decide not to bargain over that subject. Examples might be a proposal to change which employees are covered by the collective bargaining agreement.

• “Non-negotiable” or illegal, meaning that the collective bargaining agreement cannot address that topic at all. The parties to a contract, for example, couldn’t legally bargain over whether or not only union members can be hired.

—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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