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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

Union Busting 101

Former professional union-buster Martin J. Levitt (1944-2004) talks about how employers use fear to kill unions.

This Week's Member Tip

Unwritten “Past Practice” Laws

Depending on what your collective bargaining agreement says, it may be that the way things are in your workplace—established “past practices”—are actually enforceable 2015.08.24 membertip pastunder the contract or in another legal forum. Arbitrators resolving contract disputes will sometimes rule that employees have the right to do something the way it’s always been done, even if there’s no explicit language saying so in the contract. For example, at night you may park in a close-by customer lot because that’s where everyone always parks, even though the contract doesn’t say anything about parking. Suppose one day your employer puts up a sign prohibiting parking there. The union may well have a grievance it can win that the “past practice” of parking in that lot can’t be changed unilaterally.

—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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