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    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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