Stewards' Corner

IAM Educator Updates
Article Index

Introductory Copy
Orienting New Workers
Defending Dues: The Bottom Line
Fighting on the Job
Get Your Story Straight

Vol. 1, No. 1    Steward-Member Confidentiality
Getting Members to Help Out
Lie Detectors in Discipline Cases
Assertive Grievance Presentation

Vol. 1, No. 2    Turning Negatives into Positives
Prior Records and Discipline
Witness for the Union
Mobilizing Your Members

Vol. 2, No. 1    Strategic Grievance Handling
Lying to Cover Up Dishonesty
"GLBT": It Stands for "A Union Issue"
Movies that Motivate

Vol. 2, No. 2    Managing Your Time
Effective Listening
Demotions as Punishment
Stewards and Politics

Vol. 2, No. 3    New Ways to Welcome New Workers
Think Beyond "Grievance"
Denial of Promotions as Discipline
Immigrants, Solidarity and Strength

Vol. 2, No. 4    Rallying the Troops With Fun
One-on-One Recruiting
Discipline for Poor Performance
A "Do Not Do" List

Vol. 2, No. 5    Fighting "Steward Stress"
Making Your goals Clear
Keeping a Grievance File
The Steward in a High Performance Work Organization

Vol. 2, No. 6   "What's Wrong with the Way I Look?"
Fighting "Contracting Out"
Ten Secrets of Successful Grievance Presentation
Keys to Successful Small Group Meetings

Vol. 3, No. 1    Settling Conflicts Between Members
Double Jeopardy
Pressure Points
Mid-Contract Bargaining

Vol. 3, No. 2    Stewards and Technology
"You Broke a Rule!"
Keeping Your Cool
Duty of Fair Representation

Vol. 3, No. 3    The Art of Note-taking
Family and Medical Leave Act
The Steward's Protected Status
Electronic Organizing

Vol. 3, No. 4    The Importance of Reporting Back
Steward ABC's
Alternative Approaches to Discipline
Vacation and Holiday Disputes

Vol. 3, No. 5    Fifteen Things Every Steward Should Remember
Seniority and Ability in Promotions and Layoffs
Communicating Across Cultures
Steward Smiles

Vol. 3, No. 6    A Steward's New Year's Resolutions
Helping Troubled Co-Workers
Turning Dues Payers into Unionists
Don't Just Say "No"!

Vol. 4, No. 1    Stewards as Speakers
Refusing Dangerous Assignments
Defending Dues
Some Steward Q & A's

Vol. 4, No. 2    Dealing with Difficult Bosses
Defending the "Indefensible"
Figures Don't Lie, But Liars Figure
Fighting "Just Cause"

Vol. 4, No. 3    Gaining and Maintaing Respect
Workers' Comp
Discourtesy and Discipline
10 Rookie Mistakes

Vol. 4, No. 4    GSI: Grievance Scene Investigation
Avoiding Surprises In Arbitration
Stewards and Workplace Violence
Talking vs. Communicating

Vol. 4, No. 5    Communicating with Members
Weingarten Rules
Helping Newer Stewards

Vol. 4, No. 6    Controlling the Loose Cannon
Stewards and Negotiations
Organizing Around Workload Issues
Countering Management's Games

Vol. 5, No. 1    The Steward/Supervisor Relationship
Health and Safety Strategies
The Dangers of Playing Favorites
A Steward's Quick Quiz

Vol. 5, No. 2    Watch Out for Outsourcing
Stewards and Credibility
Resolving Conflicts In the Workplace
Enforcing Past Practice

Vol. 5, No. 3    Welcoming New Workers
Why Contracts Can Be Hard to Interpret
Combating Steward Burnout
Making the Most of Grievance Meetings

Vol. 5, No. 4    Tell a Winning Story
Settling Problems Before They Become Grievances
Steward Smiles
Making the Most of Information Requests

Vol. 5, No. 5    Careful with that Timecard
Last Chance Agreements
Rules of Engagement
Breaking in a New Boss

Vol. 5, No 6    Horseplay on the Job
Using Information Requests Tactically
Helping Returning Veterans
Drug and Alcohol Testing

Vol. 6, No. 1    Off-Duty Conduct Disciplines
Professionals and Unionism
Getting Your Point Across
Is It a Grievance?

Vol. 6, No 2     Handling Disciplines Involving Profanity
Using Your Employer's E-mail System
Responding to Anti-Union Arguments
When A Steward Has to Say "No"

Vol. 6, No. 3    Take Control of Your Time
How to Deal With a Timid Grievant
Late for Work Again!
Food for Thought

Vol. 6, No. 4    The Moves of a Great Steward
Good Stewards and Great Stewards
Sleeping on the Job
Dealing with Complainers
Stewards in the Community

Vol. 6, No. 5    Dealing with Shift Work Issues
Bridging Cultural Differences
Challenge Those Suspensions
The Disgruntled Steward

Vol. 6, No. 6    New Ideas for a New Year
Evidence that Counts
Their Rights, Our Rights
Family Leave Rights Under FMLA

Vol. 7, No. 1    Being a Steward in Tought Times
Handling Promition Grievances
Dealing with Co-Worker Sexual Harassment
I'll Get to It....Eventually

Vol. 7, No. 2    Representing Difficult Members
"Crime" and Punishment
Helping Members on Layoff
Stewards: Act Today on EFCA

Vol. 7, No. 3    A New Look at Stewards and Communications
Grievance Interviewing
Leaving Work Without Permission
Jobs of the Steward: a Quick Quiz

Vol. 7, No. 4    Helping Members Help Themselves
The Right to Representation
Challenges to a Steward's Authority
The Second Chair

Vol. 7, No. 5    The Hazards of Doing Nothing
Dealing with Promotion Issues
Change in the Workplace
Layoffs in Hard Times

Vol. 7, No. 6    Defending Against Takeaways
Speaking for the Anti-Union Worker
Advice to the New Steward
Have a Laugh!

Vol. 8, No. 1    Steward Records: A Key to Success
Insubordination Grievances
Stewards and Part-Timers
Who "Owns" a Grievance?

 Vol. 8, No. 2    Young+Old=Union Power
Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right
Dealing With Scheduling Conflicts
Defending the Indefensible

Vol. 8, No. 3    Big Brother and Grievances
The Steward’s Role in Bargaining
Your Right to Information
Handling Grievances Over Promotions

Vol. 8, No. 4    Combatting Disability Discrimination
Five Grounds for a Grievance
Creative Problem Solving
Responding to Workplace Bullying

Vol. 8, No. 5    Setting and Reaching Goals
Educating Union Members
Leveraging Union Power
You Know You’re in Trouble as a Steward When...

Vol. 8, No. 6    Handling Disciplines for “Poor Performance”
Stewards and Workplace Rage
The Steward as Investigator
Signing Up New Members

Vol. 9, No. 1    Leaving a Paper Trail
The Steward as Organizer
Common Management Tactics on Grievances
Stewards Must Grow with the Times