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Return-to-Work Strategies: Assisting Members after a Trauma

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Return-to-Work Strategies: Assisting Members after a Trauma

Suppose a member you represent has been absent after experiencing a traumatic life event—surviving the death of a close family member, a violent crime, a debilitating accident or a significant illness or surgery. You’ve just learned they have a date to return to work. As their union steward, you naturally feel compelled to help all parties involved with the transition period but you are not sure how to go about it.     Unfortunately, society in general does little to help us cope with an extreme life event; the workplace can be even more challenging. Consequently, a worker who isn’t allowed to...

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Productive Political Discussions

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Productive Political Discussions

Polls show that most union members understand and support their union’s political activity. But, talking to members about politics can be tricky. Many people are justifiably cynical, seeing politics as a dirty business. The following guidelines will help stewards relay information and build participation without worsening divisions or agitating members who do not agree with the union’s political positions or endorsed candidates. Why Politics? One reason unions are so involved in electoral politics and campaigns for specific legislation is that what is won at the bargaining table can be taken away by government action. It’s an arena in which unions...

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