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As Mary Harris “Mother” Jones once said, “Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflict.”
UCS has a wide variety of titles that will surely interest you – click on the link below and take a look!



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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 Dignity of Labor

Powerful clip of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking to sanitation workers in Memphis.

This Week's Member Tip

Concluding an Agreement

Even when the union and the employer reach agreement at the bargaining table on all items for a new contract, it’s usually not yet a done deal.  Others often must approve these “tentative agreements” before they are signed, sealed and delivered.  On 2013.12.9membertip-handshakethe employer side, sometimes a board of directors or higher-ups in the organization will have to give their approval, or, in the public sector, the legislature will have to fund a wage or benefit increase.  On the union side, either the union bylaws or the practice of the union usually provides for member ratification of the agreement – a vote to accept or reject.  (Keep in mind, though, that there are some situations when you won’t get to vote approval or disapproval of a contract; for example, if a settlement ultimately is handed down by an outside arbitrator.)  Either at a union meeting or through printed material or a union website, you should be provided a full opportunity to educate yourself on the provisions of the tentative agreement.  Usually, the bargaining team or the union leadership will make a recommendation on whether the contract should be voted up or down.  Your union leaders may well recommend a “no” vote on the contract, as a tactic.  A vote by the rank and file to send the union negotiators back to the bargaining table, after tentative agreement has been reached on a new contract, is sometimes an effective way of showing the employer’s negotiators that what’s been offered just isn’t enough to settle the contract.

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