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    Basic Unit 3

    Basic Unit 3 - Thursday December 17th 2020 Register for the 10:30 AM Session
    (limited to 100 paqrticipants) 

    Basic Unit 3 -  Thursday December 17th 2020 Register for the 3:30 PM Session

    (limited to 100 paqrticipants) 


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

    Everett - Thursday December 17th 2020
    Unit 3: Grievances and Representation
    open to all members and retirees:

    Register above using the ZOOM links to the timeslot of your choice

    Auburn - Thursday December 17th 2020

    Unit 3: Grievances and Representation
    open to all members and retirees:

    Register above using the ZOOM links to the timeslot of your choice

    Renton - Thursday December 17th 2020

    Unit 3: Grievances and Representation

    open to all members and retirees:

    Register above using the ZOOM links to the timeslot of your choice

    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 
    Advanced 5: Negotiations and Solidarity Successes

    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.
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    Advanced Training

    Advanced 1: Labor, the Economy, and Addressing Income Inequality

    We are again living in the time of the Robber Barons. The rich have gotten much richer and the poor have gotten poorer. While the middle class shrinks, wealth inequality is reaching dizzying heights, affecting all working people. Union workers and all workers are under attack.

    Join special guests from Washington Labor Center, Amy Yi and Dan O’Donnell for an engaging discussion on political and economic inequality, their origins and, crucially, the ways in which workers have fought back and won to reclaim our fair share.

    We will delve into US labor history and IAM 751's local history, and discuss economics from the worker perspective, including the 2007 economic crisis and its lasting impact on working families. Presentations will explain the skyrocketing costs of housing and healthcare, the student loans & household debt crisis, the consumer price index, and increase in gross income inequality. As a group we will tie the past to the present, in order to illuminate ways forward in our present time. 

    We'll look closely at the union difference in wages, benefits, safety, and working conditions. We know unions make a difference in our lives as union members, but this presentation and discussion will explore how labor organizing has broader impacts and deep ties to other social movements such as the fight for civil rights.

    Get the facts and discuss tools to build your union power, fight back against wealth inequality and win!
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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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    Advanced 5: Mentorship Matters

    The Mentorship Matters™ on-the-job mentoring program teaches communication skills that make the workplace more effective and more efficient.   This seminar, tailored for the Machinist Institute, will highlight critical components of the complete program. Participants will be introduced to practical tools used for effective communication, tailored for the skilled trades, in order to promote productivity, safety, and quality.   


    Participants will learn effective communication strategies, active listening, proactive learning, giving and receiving feedback, and more.  Effective communication is key to successful workplaces.
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