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    District 751 Educational Classes Registration Form

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    The Labor Center is in the Process of Hiring a new Labor Educator. 

    We will notify you of other upcoming classes when they are developed.

    Classes can be taken in any order and are open to all members and retirees

    Class Descriptions

    Classes can be taken in any order and are open to all members and retirees
    Unit 1 - History and a Stewards Role
    Unit 2 - The Contract
    Unit 3 - Grievances and Representation
    Unit 4 - Communication and Mobilization

    Advanced 1: Labor, the Economy, and Addressing Income Inequality
    Advanced 2: Understanding the Anti-Union Movement and Building a 21st Century Workers’ Movement
    Rights at Work 
    Advanced 4: NEW - Success Stories: Lessons from Recent Wins 

    IAM 751 Class Descriptions
    Each of the classes below runs for three hours and is open to stewards and members. 
    Basic Steward Training Series 

    Unit 1: The Role of the Steward
    In this introductory class, stewards and members will learn a bit of labor history. We will then focus on the duties of a steward, the legal rights of stewards, and the role of stewards as the face of the union and a leader in the workplace. Specific areas of legal rights that are covered include Weingarten & the right to representation, the Duty of Fair Representation, and the steward’s protected status. Participants will also learn how to advise fellow workers, how to take effective notes, and best practices for communicating with members so that they are part of the problem-solving process. 
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    Unit 2: The Contract
    In this class stewards and members will begin to work more closely with the existing contract. Participants will work together to understand contract language that addresses problem areas for 751 members, for example, overtime, leaves of absence, and layoff and recall. Participants will practice explaining contract rights in plain English. The class will also introduce the process of grievance investigation, using the step one grievance process, and identifying types of grievances. 
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    Unit 3: Grievances and Representation
    Stewards and members will leave this class able to identify when a workplace issue is a contract violation, and therefore grievable. The role of stewards in the grievance procedure will be reviewed as well as how to investigate a worker’s issue or complaint. Participants will practice investigating and presenting a grievance to management. Emphasis is put on problem solving. 
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    Unit 4: Communication and Mobilization
    This class focuses on the steward as a leader in the workplace. The emphasis is on communication skills, answering common questions from members, and how to get members engaged in the process of building union power rather than expecting Stewards and Business Representatives to solve problems for them. The class offers you the opportunity to think about your strengths as a leader and how you might identify leadership potential in others.

    Advanced Training

    Advanced 1: Labor, the Economy, and Addressing Income Inequality
    This class focuses on labor history, how unions developed in the United States, and the important role that unions have played in the development of our economy. The class also provides you with information about the growth of income inequality in the U.S.
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    Advanced 2: Understanding the Anti-Union Movement and Building a 21st Century Workers’ Movement
    This class will examine the ways in which unions have been weakened in the U.S. in the last 40 years, including specific struggles for IAM 751. It will look at attacks on unions as well as examples of how workers are responding. The class will also offer participants the opportunity to think critically about ways unions haven’t responded to changing economics and how we may need to re-imagine the labor movement for the 21st century.
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    Rights at Work
    In this class, stewards and members will get basic information about the rights all workers have under the law and how being in a union strengthens those rights. Participants will use the Washington State Workers Rights Manual in this class, and your collective bargaining agreement. Participants will also learn about direct action and how to use direct action tactics to solve problems on the shop floor. This is a class about building union power! 
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    Advanced 4: Success Stories: Lessons from Recent Wins 

    Despite declining union density in recent years, workers have continued to stand up for their rights and demand a voice on the job. In this advanced steward class, we will learn about recent worker wins and examine what made them successful. Members and stewards will have the opportunity to discuss specific cases for lessons and inspiration.
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