As our union membership is steadily growing, so is the number of trained Union Stewards. In 2015 alone we trained nearly fifty Stewards and in 2016 we have planned trainings on performance reviews, union strategy, and bringing new workers into the union, among others. Additionally, as a union, we will train and elect more than 100 new Stewards this year.
As a union Steward you know your chief responsibility is to build a united, organized, and involved membership in your workplace. Your job is to explain what being in a union means, and sometimes that means showing, instead of telling (by, for instance, being a worker’s representative during meetings with management).
In 2016 we will grow the power of our union by recruiting, training and electing new Stewards across departments and facilities. To help with that, we are creating a Steward’s blog that will be housed on our website.
Each month, we will also send updates with new articles to the select group of union members who have chosen to be the pillars of strength for Colorado WINS: folks like you who are or want to be Union Stewards.
This blog will give you some in depth information about topics that, for one reason or another, we are unable to cover in the main Steward training.
This month we are starting with some information about Colorado’s legislative session, which started on Wednesday, Jan 13. Many of the policies that affect state workers must be approved by the legislature, which means that being involved in state politics is key to understanding how key decisions are made about our jobs.
As every year, we are setting our political agenda during the COPE Summit, taking place in Denver, January 23 (1 pm – 5 pm). (more…)
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