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Never Stop Learning!2016.08.02 apple

With the school year starting up soon, it’s a good time for all working people to keep in mind that education is a lifelong pursuit. Click on the link below to find some books that will help you to be well-informed about unions, the economy and the legal rights of workers.



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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

Men at Lunch

The movie trailer for a wonderful documentary film about Men at Work: immigrants in New York, forever immortalized in the classic old photo of a eleven ironworkers sitting on a beam high above the Manhattan skyline.

This Week's Member Tip

Unwritten Laws of the Workplace

Besides what’s in the contract, or in the employer’s handbook or government regulations, every workplace has its unwritten rules. Just as in everyday life, there are ways of 2016.08.22 membertip unwritten.lawdoing things in the workplace that may not be on a page anywhere to read but are accepted by everyone. When you’re waiting to get on an elevator, where is it written that you are required to make way for a parent with a toddler? Nowhere, but people understand that that’s the way it should be, so that’s the way it usually is. Similarly, it may not be written anywhere that it’s okay to knock off a little early on Christmas Eve, or that a phone call to check on your children at home is allowed, but that may have developed into the “law of the shop” in your workplace.

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