Below is a selection of very helpful training videos created by USU Staff. This selection is focused on issues that stewards will face as well as tactics for building a stronger union.
Weingarten Rights: What You Need to Know
The Weingarten class provides union stewards, leaders, and activists with the knowledge necessary to protect and enforce the right of union representation in the workplace during an investigatory interview.
Navigating the 5 Steps of Grievance Handling
This video will guide stewards, activists and members through the five steps of the grievance process. Knowing how to navigate a grievance and move it through these steps will help you better protect yourself and your co-workers. Whether you are new to handling and investigating grievances, want a refresher or looking to pick up some union-building skills, this online class is for you!
The Duty of Fair Representation
This online class will explain the steward’s legal obligation to fairly represent all members of a bargaining unit. You will learn the legal requirements of the duty of fair representation and be able to identify best practices for representing co-workers fairly.
Seven Tests of Just Cause: What Are They and How Do I Use Them?
Being skilled at investigating discipline cases and determining cause can help you better protect your co-workers and uphold your union contract. Knowing the language and where to look for information will help you be better prepared and more confident in grievance meetings.
Discipline and Discharge: Best Practices for Representing Workers
Representing a grievant in the workplace can be challenging especially in today’s anti-union climate. If you are a local union steward or staff representative who handles disciplinary grievances, this class is for you!
It’s Not Grievable, Now What?
Many stewards say their most difficult task is communicating with members who believe they have a legitimate grievance when a thorough investigation shows it is not grievable.
Building Power: Organizing Around Workplace Issues
The are many workplace issues that are unlikely to be resolved through typical methods. Many local unions are getting back to basics by mobilizing workers using workplace issue campaigns in order to pressure management to solve problems. Using this approach, we are able to build an active membership, enhance communication, develop new leaders, and quickly solve problems!
The Power of POP: Planning Purposeful Meetings
If you lead union meetings or need to have a crucial conversation, you know that good preparation matters. Learn how to get more out of your meetings with this simple yet effective tool.
Lists, Charts and Tracking Our Progress
We have to be at the top of our game in order to keep our union strong. We must reach out to our co-workers one on one, know where they stand, and move them to be part of our union. Lists, charts and tracking are tools that help us strategically do just that.
New Employee Orientation: Building Our Union on Day One
Good NEOs involve multiple contacts with the new employee or union member over time. Share and learn best practices for effective formal NEOs, one-on-one orientations and follow-up. This online class is geared specifically for AFSCME Strong coaches, local officers and staff reps.