Rights and Fairness of Labor

"If capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men to capitalize their labor."

--Frank Lloyd Wright

This page is dedicated to those of you who are willing to take the challenge of leadership by accepting the responsibility of representing your fellow union members.

The goal for the month updates that will be provided here, is to encourage stewards to feel more secure about their status and to provide legal tools to help stewards fulfill their duty.

IBEW Local 1613 Contract with KCPL          IBEW Local 1613 Contract with ECU

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IBEW Local 1613 Contract with KCPL (incl. Wage Appendix)     IBEW Local 1613 Contract with ECU

The IBEW International Constitution, Courtesy of Carl D. Cantrell, 10th District.

On-Line Steward Manual

  1.  Rights and Responsibilities of a Union Steward
         
Negotiator
          Leader
          Educator
          Communicator
          Organizer
                    Signing Up The Non-Member
                    Answers To Objections About Joining The Union

         
Political Activist
          Welcome Committee
       
  2.  Establishing Yourself In The Role Of Steward

  3.  New Stewards Take Note

  4.  Goals Of A Union Steward

  5.  Listening to Others

  6.  Nobody's Perfect -- 20 mistakes that shop stewards make

  7.  Ten Mistakes A Steward Should Never Make

  8.  Make Sure That Members Know When To Ask For A Steward
       
  When Questioning by the Boss Could Lead to Discipline... Ask for a Union Steward

  9.  What is a Grievance?

10.  Past Practice Issues
       
  Can Employers Change the Rules in the Middle of the Game?

11.  Get It in Writing

12.  The Grievance Interview

13.  Handling Grievances

14.  What Does "No" Really Mean

15.  Writing a grievance

16.  Resolving Issues Early

17.  Dozen Points on Grievance Presentation

18.  Ten Rules to Prepare Witnesses for the Grievance Hearing

19.  Seven Ways To Lose A Winning Grievance

20.  When the Member Doesn't Have a Grievance

21.  The Disciplinary Interview

22.  Preparing Discipline Cases

23.  The Steward's Role at a Disciplinary Hearing

24.  Documenting Discipline: What the Bosses Do

25.  Insubordination - A Dozen Questions to Ask

26.  How Can They Make My Life Miserable?

27.  Important Labor Laws

          The most important law for U.S. workers is the National Labor Relations Act.

          Description, questions, and answers on Weingarten rights

          Family and Medical Leave Act

          American's With Disability Act

          The Duty of Fair Representation, Memorandum

..Other On-Line Steward Resources

          Law Journal - For up-to-date legal headline news.

          Are Accidents Waiting To Happen On Your Job?

          US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

          Department Of Labor

          Occupational Safety & Health Administration

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The future depends on what we do in the present.

Mahatma Gandhi