Increasing Political Effectiveness
For elected and appointed union officials and interested members this course will teach strategies for educating and involving members in political activities. Topics include: assessing past union political efforts; the psychology of motivation; labor economics; analyzing union demographics; finding issues that motivate members and the importance of lobbying. (8 classroom hours)
"Very helpful with information concerning the how and what to do to advance the interests of my union."
-Patrick Hendricks, UTU 393
Making Committees Work
This course will teach the skills elected and appointed committee chairs and members need in order to make their meetings more productive. Topics include: psychology of motivation; communicating union values; how to chair; how to lead a discussion; participative decision-making techniques; strategic planning and problem solving for unions. This is 16 classroom hours.
"I feel this class was very good, and any officer of a union could use this information."
-Roger Miller, IBT 554
This course will familiarize all union members with a set of rules that can promote cooperation within the union and increase its effectiveness. Participants will learn how rules should be applied and interpreted to permit the majority to accomplish its ultimate purpose within a reasonable length of time, while allowing the minority the opportunity to express its views. This is six classroom hours.
Solidarity Building and Internal Organizing
Learn the causes for member apathy and how union leadership can increase membership involvement. Topics include: psychology of motivation; union and management contributions to member apathy; basic strategic planning techniques and building an action plan for improving solidarity. This is 16 classroom hours.