Resources for Stewards
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!
Wednesday, October 13 - 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
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.
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.
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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