STEWARDS TRAINING 1. Making a Difference in Your Workplace. WELCOME. The Union is every member’s job James Starr, Chair UPE Board of Directors Challenges in our changing workplaces Sandra Poole, Executive Director, UPE. How did you get here?. A tale of two unions UPE and PEU
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Making a Difference
in Your Workplace
The Union is every member’s job
James Starr, Chair UPE Board of Directors
Challenges in our changing workplaces
Sandra Poole, Executive Director, UPE
A tale of two unions UPE and PEU
Strength in Unity – The 005 unit
Courts move out and up
Newest members- Court Professional Unit
What does it mean to members for UPE to be “Independent”?
Dues money spent here
No Article XX ‘protection’
Ultimate authority and responsibility
Board members elected by members in chapters
Chapters designed to be democratic, representational
Each unit divided into chapters
Number of seats proportionate to members
OAs and SOA
Six on Governing Board
All other classifications
Five on Governing Board
Welfare Non Supervisory
All classes related to eligibility determination
Six on Board of Directors
Classes related to direct services
4 on Board of DirectorsCounty Bargaining Units
Two on Governing Board
Two on Governing Board
5 on Governing Board
Three on Governing Board
One on Governing BoardCourt Bargaining Units
Meet and Confers/Negotiations
Political Action Committee
Health and Welfare Coalition
How is policy set?
Who can attend Board meetings?
How do you get on a Board?
How do you get on a Committee?
Why is it important for members to attend Board meetings?
are essentially lost”
Stewards learn about protective laws through Stewards Council
They include: FLSA, FLMA, ERISA, ADA, EEOA, CFRA, Title Workers Compensation,
What rights do you have as a public employee?
What rights do unions have?
How do you exercise those rights?
What obligations do stewards have?
Who would you go to if you had a problem at work?
What would you expect from him or her?
What kind of Steward do you think you’d be?
Can you make a difference in your workplace?
How do you get coworkers to trust you?
Electing your Bosses!
Negotiated salaries and benefits are often impacted by legislation
Labor Laws made or changed
Employment related Criteria
Most issues that come up can be handled by the Steward
Most issues can be resolved
Determine action and remedy
Record / Report
Follow throughProblem Solving in the Work place
Find out what really happened
Was any thing put in writing? Get copies!
Were there any witnesses? Interview them!
Why was this done? Ask the source.
Take notes, take photos.
Read the contract
Read the policy
Ask other Stewards or Chief Stewards
Ask ‘old timers’
Ask Business Agents
Review past related grievances or arbitrationsResearch
Once you’ve determined the proper course of action: DO IT!
And do it TIMELY
What is a grievance?
What is a complaint?
What if its not a grievance?
What about problems between members?
You must follow the steps in the contract
You must use the form provided
You must act quickly
Grievance is denied if late
Each Contract sets time frames
What kinds of problems might you solve with a grievance?
What can you tell a member when their issue isn’t grievable?
What other actions might you take to solve a workplace problem?
Each group is to evaluate each scenario
Use the form to follow the steps to determine what action you would take
Research the Contract sections
Report back to the group what you decided and why
Your coworker, Bob, just came to you and is fuming mad at his supervisor. Four workers in his unit were authorized to work overtime for Saturday due to high workloads. His supervisor, Nancy told Bob that he couldn’t work overtime because the union contract said he couldn’t work overtime because in a week he was on vacation.
Bob knows this is wrong, and he feels the supervisor always singles him out. He feels the only solution is to have the Supervisor fired, or at the very least moved. And of course he wants to be paid the OT since he WOULD have worked if his supervisor hadn’t been such a jerk.
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