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Activists Spring Into Reading!tulip

As winter turns to spring, our thoughts turn to tulips, daffodils, and good books for springtime reading! We have a terrific variety on hand for people interested in building strong unions, advocating for workers’ rights, and learning U.S. history from the perspective of working people.

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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

IBEW Keeps San Francisco's Cable Cars Rolling

They are one of San Francisco's most iconic images—the cable car. And keeping the world's last permanently operational manually operated cable car system up and running are members of San Francisco IBEW Local 6.

This Week's Member Tip

Who Can File a Grievance?

Individual members of the bargaining unit—that is, you and your co-workers—can initiate grievances under the contract if you believe that the terms of the collective bargaining agreement have been violated. Unions themselves also initiate grievances. As 2015.05.18 membertip grievancethe exclusive representative of everyone in the bargaining unit, the union has the right—and, quite often, also the legal obligation—to use the collective bargaining agreement to challenge the employer’s improper or unfair actions. The union will sometimes file grievances over employer conduct that affects everyone in the bargaining unit—for example, if a unilateral employer directive limits everyone’s ability to take leave days. The union may also file grievances on behalf of one particular group of employees, such as workers on one shift who are denied proper pay. And there is a third possibility: sometimes the union finds it necessary or politically desirable to initiate a grievance on behalf of a single individual. (This may be a useful way to provide some “protection” to that individual, or perhaps to send a message to the employer that the union stands firmly behind this one employee.)

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

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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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