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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

The Job

A unique perspective on day-labor from the award-winning short film, "The Job."

This Week's Member Tip

The Family and Medical Leave Law

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) went into effect in 1993, intended to provide a means for employees to balance their work and family responsibilities.  It does 2015.08.31 membertip fmlathis by saying that workers are legally entitled to take unpaid leave because of any of the following:  the birth, care, or adoption or foster care of a child; the care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition; or the employee’s own serious health condition.  This law also gives returning employees the right to go back to their old jobs, or to equivalent positions, without being penalized.  The Department of Labor can investigate FMLA claims and enforce the terms of the law.  Because the FMLA doesn’t cover all workplaces and requires an employer to grant only unpaid leave (and then only under certain circumstances), your union contract will likely contain better provisions.  And if this is the case, the rights in your union contract will have priority over those in this federal law.

—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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