Leadership / Shop Steward Guide

Empowered and well-trained shop stewards are the backbone of successful local unions. The OPEIU Leadership/Shop Steward Guide provides training materials and resources for local union shop stewards, staff and emerging leaders. Most of the content can be customized and adapted to fit the unique training needs of each local union. The OPEIU Leadership/Shop Steward Guide continues to develop, so be sure to check back often as more content is added. Visit other links on the OPEIU website for information on member benefits, new member orientations, one-on-one conversations and other useful resources.

  • Tips for Shop Stewards
    What a union leader needs to do (i.e. greet new members, represent all members fairly, look for ways to agitate, organize…and other examples). What a union leader needs to know (i.e. contract, polices, co-workers, labor law and more).  

  • Know Your Weingarten Rights 
    Spread the word to co-workers about their rights to have union representation when possibly facing discipline. This flier can be distributed in the way that’s best for your workplace.

  • The Shop Steward’s Role in the Weingarten Meeting
    Weingarten rights and tips on how to effectively represent members. Watch the video (below) to get an idea of what to expect. This section also includes Supervisors and Stewards as Equals and our Duty of Fair Representation.


  • Strategic Grievance Handling
    Types of grievances; the importance of timelines; investigating a potential grievance; interviewing tips; recording the grievance; presenting the grievance; reaching agreement.


  • Request Information to Represent Members and Stand Up for Our Rights
    A checklist for getting the facts to help prepare for a grievance or to resolve workplace issues.

  • Union Strong Checklist
    A checklist to help prepare your workplace for tackling concerns important to co-workers, increasing union visibility and encouraging unity.

  • Beating Apathy
    What holds us back? It may feel like apathy, but under the surface there’s always something else going on. Some tips to rethink how to activate your co-workers.

Know Your Weingarten Rights

 

Local Union Newsletter Template

OPEIU is pleased to provide all local unions, guilds and directly affiliated groups with the attached Local Union Newsletter template for your use at the local level.

Any local union that doesn’t already have a newsletter or is looking to revamp its newsletter can now use this template to create a personalized way to communicate with members, as many times per year as you’d like. We all know regular communication with our members is a vital part of our role as union representatives, and hope this template makes that job a little easier.

The template is in an easy to use Word format with suggested sections, photograph placement, etc., that can be easily customized for your local. You can insert your local number and logo in the masthead, add article headlines, photographs of members and leaders, contact information, your local’s social media sites, etc. It’s as easy as pointing, clicking and saving! The newsletter can then be printed and mailed or emailed directly to your members.

OPEIU Store

The OPEIU Store is open and ready for business, and is filled with exciting products for order by our local unions and members. All items are union made and include a union bug.

View items for sale and place your order directly online at https://opeiu.imagepointe.com/opeiu/.

For phone orders and questions, call 800-408- 2388.

Note that items can be customized to include your local union number and slogans. Call 800-408- 2388 to discuss customization.

Required Reading: How to Organize at the Grassroots Level and Rebuild the Labor Movement
Hilton workers and supporters after one of the workers' daily actions inside the hotel. (Photo: Unite Here Local 217)

Stamford Workers Show How to Transform Our Unions and Rebuild the Labor Movement

It's Saturday afternoon in December 2017 at the hotel workers' union hall in Stamford, Connecticut, a mere two days before a scheduled union election at the Hilton Stamford. Where one would expect nerves and chaos, a quiet calm covers the hall. American unions have struggled for decades to successfully organize non-union workers, with the movement's difficulties organizing workers only intensifying. 

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Office and Professional Employees International Union was chartered in 1945 and with more than 104,000 members (representing 110,000 employees) strong, we’re one of the larger unions of the AFL-CIO.  OPEIU has locals in every state, Puerto Rico and Canada. 

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