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steward-updateSteward Update newsletter, published six times a year, upgrades union stewards' skills and rewards them for their efforts on behalf of the union.  Every issue is packed with new, helpful information and advice.

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This Week's Labor Video

Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl

An unexpected friendship between two Italian and Jewish immigrant girls provides the backdrop for this story of labor organizing and women’s growing activism.  While working in harsh sweatshops and factories, the young women also experienced the thrills of movies, amusement parks and dance halls.  As their numbers in the workforce grew and working conditions declined they took matters into their own hands.  In 1909, garment workers staged the “Uprising of the 20,000,” a massive strike that won union recognition and transformed the role of women in the union movement.  Watch the trailer below.

This Week's Member Tip

Union Steward Availability

There is no set rule for how many stewards you’ll find in a particular workplace, or how many will have responsibility for 2014.07.21membertip-stewardparticular work areas.  Sometimes there is a natural organization of the workplace—such as a well-defined work unit, or a particular work shift or one building separated from the rest of a larger facility—so that it makes sense for stewards to be assigned on that basis.  So it may be that stewards where you work function according to workplace geography—a steward may be responsible for all union members on a particular floor of a building, for example.  Maybe your steward is one who handles matters that directly affect everyone who does your type of job—such as all accountants in a particular government agency, or all nurses aides on a particular wing of a nursing home—or maybe your steward deals with everyone who works on your shift.

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

Bookstore Featured Products

  • stewbook-updated-new  Union Steward’s Complete Guide, 2nd Edition, UpdatedMore infoThis book quickly became the bible for tens of thousands of stewards across North America.

  • Steward’s Pocket Reference & DiaryMore infoThis handy is packed with vital information to every steward.

  • Welcome to the UnionMore infoWelcome new employee to the job with this easy-to-read introduction to unionism.

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