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Labor's Message to Voters2014.12.15quote vote

A critical election season is upon us. Workers must recognize that union victories are vulnerable when anti-union candidates are elected to office. Learn which candidates believe that all workers deserve the dignity of fair wages and good working conditions.



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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

Medicine to Make You Sick!

Anti-Unionol is an AFSCME-produced video that “advertises” a revolutionary new drug that promises relief from the good wages and benefits earned by unionized workers, cautioning that side effects of Anti-Unionol may include lower wages, insecure retirement, and no paid leave. Comic relief!

This Week's Member Tip

How a Union Balances Different Interests

When a workplace issue arises, different individuals or groups within the bargaining unit may well have different and conflicting stakes in possible outcomes.  For example, in 2016.10.24 membertip balancecontract negotiations the union can push for raises calculated as a percentage of salary or for raises as a flat dollar amount.  The first formula puts more money in the pockets of those who already earn more, while the second ends up providing a greater percentage salary increase to lower-paid employees.  There may be lots of good policy arguments for and against each of these alternatives, but in the end, whatever decision is made is going to be better financially for one group and worse for the other.  Since there’s no way around this, the union is obligated only to act fairly in how it decides which direction to go, not to somehow come up with a magical solution that is perfect for everyone.

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