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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 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 2015.06.29 membertip grievanceagreement have been violated. In fact, the law covering your type of workplace may even provide that you have the right to initiate a grievance with your employer without a union representative even being present. But keep a few things in mind if you consider this course of action. First, the law provides that the union must be given the opportunity to be present at any “adjustment” (that is, a settlement) of a grievance—it may affect other people, or set a precedent that could affect other people. Second, past a certain level it is almost always your union, not you as an individual, that has the right to pursue the grievance. And perhaps most important, for your own protection and for the good of your co-workers, it’s almost always a good idea to involve your union representative right from the very beginning of pursuing a grievance.

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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