For newly-elected stewards or experienced officers wanting a refresher, this course teaches the skills needed to represent workers with grievances. Topics include: what is and is not a grievance; proper grievance investigation techniques; arbitrators' standard for determining just cause for discipline; and oral and written grievance presentation skills. This is eight classroom hours.
"Excellent-a great learning tool. It should help our local in the future."
- Steve Curren, IBEW 1483
Preparing a Grievance to Go to Arbitration
Many grievances are won or lost in the early stages of the grievance procedure. The steward must understand how the arbitration process works and what is needed to succeed if a grievance goes all the way to a hearing. Proper preparation will result in a higher winning percentage and make presenting the grievance in the arbitration hearing much easier.
This course is designed for those who have completed Grievance Handling and/or Steward Training. This is 16 classroom hours. Topics include:
- Evidence and proof in arbitration
- Rules of evidence
- Gathering and organizing evidence
- Case analysis and settlement consideration
- Anatomy of the arbitration hearing
- Seven tests of just cause
- How to judge whether the arbitrator's decision runs counter to the purposes of the National Labor Relations Act
Stewards are the backbone of any local union. They play mony important roles in the workplace. They are grievers, educators, leaders, and finding issues that motivate members and the importance of lobbying. This is eight classroom hours.
"This class is great for all stewards and a must for beginning stewards."
- Frank Godinez, UFCW 271