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No matter where you are, union activists across North America are ramping up their efforts to build strong connections with members, allies and the communities in which they live and work. Union Communication Services has products that are directly relevant to these efforts—take a look at our bookstore!



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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

Tax the Rich

Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki, was written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. The story tells how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure.

This Week's Member Tip

The Bargaining Process

The formal bargaining process generally begins when the union presents its proposals at the negotiating table, at a time and place agreed to by both sides. The process the 2016.06.20 membertip bargainunion goes through to figure out what proposals to present usually includes looking at:

• What the workforce’s experience has shown is “broken” in the old contract, and what therefore needs to get “fixed” in the new one.
• How to balance the needs and expectations of various groups of employees represented by the union, which will sometimes be quite different or even in conflict.
• What the union itself needs so it can function as an effective advocate for its members.
• The reality of what’s happening in other workplaces, or in society generally. (For example, is inflation so high that it’s reasonable to expect substantial raises?)

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



Bookstore Featured Products

  • labor.guide.to.labor.law small Labor Guide to Labor LawMore infoA detailed look at the laws regulating labor-management relations, written from the labor perspective.

  • betray small The Betrayal of WorkMore info30 million Americans are employed in jobs that pay poverty wages and provide minimal or no benefits.

  • welcome.public small Welcome to the UnionMore infoThis pamphlet helps new co-workers understand unionism and is designed to win their support and involvement.

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