Council 15 Labor Education Resources

Table of Contents

Welcome – Welcome to Labor Education

Chapter 1 – Introduction to Steward Training

Chapter 2 – Steward Rights

Chapter 3 – Grievance Investigation

Chapter 4 – Just Cause

Chapter 5 – AFSCME History

Chapter 6 – U.S. Labor History

Labor Education Links


 

Welcome

   The Labor Education site is developed and monitored by James E. Howell, AFSCME Council #15.  This site is only a reference guide, if you are a member of Council #15 you should contact James E. Howell or your Council attorney if you have any questions or would like to add a topic to this area.

   This site was created with the assistance of Dr. Mark Sullivan, University of Connecticut and Wayne Marshall, AFSCME Council #4.  Special Thanks to Marlene Rodriguez, AFSCME Council #15.- back to top


Chapter 1 – Introduction to Steward Training

STEWARD DUTIES

    • Stewards must have Credibility, be able to listen, and motivate its membership.
    • Stewards must not only be willing to organize new members, but its current members as well.

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Chapter 2 – Steward Rights

THE GARRITY RULE
According to the Garrity Rule, before a law enforcement agency can discipline an officer for refusing to answer questions, the agency must:

  • order the officer to answer the questions
  • ask questions which are specifically, directly and narrowly related to officer’s duties or the officer’s fitness for duty, and
  • advise the officer that the answers to the questions will not be used against the officer in criminal proceedings.

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Chapter 3 – Grievance investigation

The 5 W’s, Who, What, When, Where and Why
Each of the 5 W’s covers a special part of the investigative process. Standing alone they will not help you. Their power is in what they offer as a cohesive group. The results of your investigation are as strong as the weakest link, so be sure each is done thoroughly, and to the best of your ability. It takes time, understanding and a dedication to get the last detail that makes the process work. One last point to remember, there are no short cuts to doing this job well.

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Chapter 4 – Just Cause

JUST CAUSE
The “laws” of discipline have developed out of thousands of arbitrator’s rulings on discipline cases. A series of guidelines can be derived from these rulings. guidelines that many arbitrators use to assess management’s disciplinary actions. Remember,

1. Guidelines are NOT laws, so they are subject to a variety of interpretations by different arbitrators.

2. The arbitrator’s interpretation of any or all seven points is a product of the amount and quality of information presented.

  • A “no” answer to any of the 7 questions usually means that the employer’s actions were not proper. Remember, this is not a law, only guidelines.

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Chapter 5 – AFSCME History

A Brief History of AFSCME
Fighting for Civil Service. In 1932, as the country suffered through the worst economic depression in its history, a small group of white-collar, professional state employees met in Madison, Wisconsin. They formed the Wisconsin State Administrative, Clerical, Fiscal and Technical Employees Association (which soon became the Wisconsin State Employees Association).

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Chapter 6 – U.S. Labor History

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TWU Steward's Corner

Czarnecki’s Labor Education Links

AFL-CIO Education Links

AFSCME Steward Handbook

Boilermakers Steward’s Handbook

New York City Central Labor Council

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