Local 30’s Denver area enjoyed a day of information sharing and socializing at the steward training there conducted by Local 30 staff. The all-day training provided stewards with education on grievance and dispute handling, contract interpretation, and the opportunity to get to know each other and compare issues. The program led by Local 30 President Marianne Giordano and Director of Member Services Annette Baxter included sharing the information of the union to stewards as well as case studies and real world examples of situations in the workplace and how to deal with them.
The responses from steward leaders who attended the seminar were very favorable. “This was exactly what our leaders here needed and at exactly the right time,” declared Gayle Noon, Lead Steward
“We were pleased to bring this training to our stewards here in Colorado,” added President Giordano. “One of the hallmarks of our union is our commitment to training and educating our leaders and our members. Our staff of professional Business Agents always provide the latest data and information about representation and organizing, all the things union activists need to know to do their jobs and grow the union.”
Topics in the seminar included practical approaches to every day issues faced by stewards such as dealing with difficult managers, getting to an agreement, understanding the language in the contract, and helping the member get through difficult situations. Business Agents Lolita Babaran, Mark Bailey, and Angela Jensen presented much of the content of the training and brought real life experience to the group.