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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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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

A Story About Food Stamps

In the latest video in the series “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp,” Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark runs the numbers on Walmart paying its workers a living wage. And those numbers show that if Walmart passed on 100% of cost increases from raising employee salaries to a level where no full-time worker was eligible for food stamps, it would raise the cost of a box of macaroni and cheese by one cent.  Click here to watch the video.

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This Week's Member Tip

Your Union Contract

Society functions under a set of laws passed by legislators.  The workplace functions under a collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the union and the employer.  Both serve the same purpose: creating a set of binding r2014.04.14membertip-contractules on what is permitted and what is prohibited.  How does a contract get negotiated?  Sometimes the law under which a particular union and employer operate sets out specific procedures for reaching a collective bargaining agreement.  Or in the union contract itself, your union and employer may have agreed upon a set of rules for how the next contract is to be negotiated.  Exactly how the bargaining process shapes up will be determined in large part by whether you are in the public or private sector, and by the ground rules or history of the parties in your industry or workplace.

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

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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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