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    Virtual Stewards Trainings

    These virtual Stewards trainings will be held using Zoom.  While you can use a smartphone, it is highly recommended that you use a tablet or computer, if possible.   In order to join the meeting, simply register using the links.  After you register, you will receive an email with the link to join the meeting. If you have never used Zoom before, please log in 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Note: you MUST register in advance for each training you would like to attend. You do not need to commit to all trainings - just pick the ones that interest you! 

    Spring 2024

    Tuesday, April 30-  An Introduction to Bystander Intervention by Marcy Kelly - REGISTER HERE

    Thursday, May 9 - 2024 Election: Issues and Candidates - REGISTER HERE

    Tuesday, May 21 - Americans with Disabilities Acts - Everything you Need to Know - REGISTER HERE

    Wednesday, June 5- Building the Strength of Your Union - Organizing & Member Mobilization- REGISTER HERE

    Winter 2024

    Tuesday, January 16 - Legal Cannabis & How it Impacts Our Members: Jessica Caggiano, Esq. - REGISTER HERE

    Tuesday, January 30 - Effective Note Taking for Union Stewards: Marcy Kelly - REGISTER HERE

    Thursday, February 15 - Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania: Mike Dryden, Esq. - REGISTER HERE

    Thursday, February 29 - Collective Bargaining 101: Daneen Boyce - REGISTER HERE

    Fall 2023

    Wednesday, October 18 - Social Media’s Impact on a Unionized Workforce facilitated by Jessica Caggiano, Esq., Willig Williams & Davidson - REGISTER HERE

    Wednesday, November 1 - We Are the Union: Effective Member Engagement to Build Solidarity facilitated by Valerie Braman, Penn State School of Labor and Employment Relations - REGISTER HERE

    Thursday, November 16 - Your Union and Politics- Issues not Parties facilitated by Chris Naylor, UFCW 1776 - REGISTER HERE

    Summer 2023 

    Thursday, July 13th - Labor History - REGISTER HERE

    Tuesday, July 25th - Navigating the Family Medical Leave Act - REGISTER HERE

    August 9th  - Mental Health First Aid Training - REGISTER HERE

    Wednesday, August 23rd - Workplace Violence & Security Awareness - REGISTER HERE


    2023 Stewards Conference Information  

    We are excited to announce that the 2023 Steward Conference will be held on March 20-21 and we are heading back to the sweetest place on Earth- Hershey, PA!   The conference will be held at the Hershey Lodge (325 University Dr. Hershey, PA).   Your lodging and meals will be covered.   

    Our conference brings together hundreds of our Union Stewards from all over the Local for 2 days of educational workshops!   This conference is a great way to meet folks from different industries who are doing similar work to you and face similar challenges.  If you'd like to attend, please fill out the RSVP form linked below by January 27, 2023!


    Additonal Details

    Payment Details:

    • If you receive two company paid stewards' days, they will be used for Monday and Tuesday.
    • If you receive one company paid steward day, you will be paid lost time on Monday, and use a paid stewards' day on Tuesday.
    • If your contract does not allow for paid stewards' days, you will be paid lost time for Monday and Tuesday. Meals will be provided on Monday and Tuesday. Dinner on Sunday night is on your own, but you will receive a stipend for your meal.
    • For those who drive their own vehicle, the Local will pay $.40 per mile plus reimbursement of tolls. Please note that you will need a receipt for the tolls. We encourage stewards to carpool.

    Conference Agenda:

    Sunday, March 19

    After 3:00PM - Hotel Check-in

    5:00PM - 7:00PM - Conference Registration 

    Monday, March 20

    7:00AM - Registration Opens 7:30AM - Breakfast

    8:00AM - 5:00PM - Conference Kick Off and General Sessions

    6:00PM - Welcome Dinner 

    Tuesday, March 21

    7:00AM - Breakfast

    8:00AM - General Session, Guest Speakers and Breakout Sessions 

    3:30PM - Wrap-up

    Good Stewards – the backbone of Local 1776 KS and all effective unions
    *If you are a Local 1776 KS Steward, log-in to our website for important documents and useful information 
    Good Stewards are the backbone of an effective union.  They reach out to new members and help educate them on their rights.  They serve as a bridge between elected union leadership and workers on the job.  They listen to co-workers and provide a welcoming, confidential way for members to raise their ideas and concerns.
    Most importantly, a Steward inspires, leads and builds a sense of unity and solidarity among the wide range of the 33,000 workers in our union.

    All union members have a right to have their Steward present with them during meetings that they feel might be disciplinary in nature.  In 1975, in the case National Labor Relations Board vs. J. Weingarten, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of employees to have union representation present with them during investigatory interviews.  Since that case involved a clerk being investigated by the Weingarten Company, these rights have become known as “Weingarten rights.” 

    If a union member is called into a meeting with a manager and starts to feel nervous that things might take a disciplinary turn, the member has the right to stop the meeting and request the meeting be resumed when his or her Union Steward is present.

    Steward's Handbook

    Are you a steward or thinking about becoming one?  Check out the handbook below for more information on how to become an effective steward within your worksite:

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