Safety and Health
Nebraska employers, who pay into the state workers compensation fund, are by law mandated to establish joint safety committees to meet periodically to examine safety issues in the workplace. Unions must understand their role in these committees. Safety is a mandatory item of bargaining. When union representatives meet with management to discuss safety issues, they are actually engaging in a form of continuous bargaining.
This class will examine how the union can:
- Use safety and health issues to reduce member apathy
- Identify safety programs that blame the worker rather than identify and reduce the workplace hazards
- Properly prepare to negotiate with management over how to redesign the workplace to fit the health and safety needs of the employees
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
This course will give union members a working knowledge of the FMLA and how it applies in union settings. This is eight classroom hours. Topics include:
- Who the Act covers
- Your rights under the Act
- Legitimate reasons for requesting leave
- Notice and certification requirements
- Return to work rights
- Using collective bargaining to expand your rights under the Act
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