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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

Love and Solidarity

Love and Solidarity: Rev. James Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Workers' Rights is Prof. Michael Honey's 38-minute film on tactics and philosophy of nonviolence in labor, civil rights, immigrant rights, and community organizing. It features not only Rev. Lawson but Kent Wong and Maria Elena Durazo and others related to the labor and immigrant rights movements. Screenings across the country have stimulated timely conversation among students, Black Lives Matter, and union audiences. Click here to purchase a copy for your library or union, or to use in a public screening.

This Week's Member Tip

Employer Handbooks and Regulations

If you work for a company, especially a big one, chances are good that there’s a handbook with all sorts of rules on things like attendance, dealing with customers, and other 2016.09.19 membertip handbookspecifics about what’s allowed and not allowed on the job. Similarly, the typical government employer has agency regulations that control scheduling of time off, how inclement weather days are determined, and countless other topics. These are areas that may or may not be addressed in the union contract. Though they’re not likely to take precedence over specific terms of a contract, they may well be rules that are binding.

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