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Getting Your Voice Heard - May 2, 2013

When you talk, do people listen? Are you getting your needs and the needs of your membership met? This session will teach the skills to help you be heard by others, which will improve your ability to get the respect you deserve. By getting your message across you can dramatically improve your effectiveness as a union representative.

In this seminar participants will:

* Understand how behavior influences the outcome of a conversation
* Learn better ways to positively influence people by finding common ground
* Use communication skills to effectively negotiate with others and earn respect
* Identify areas where you can make small changes in your current approach to make big differences in people's responsiveness

Presenter: Beth Sears, Communication Consultant, "Good Enough to Great;" UAW/GM retiree

Date: May 2, 2013
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $150 per person, 15% discount if sending three or more from same union.
Training Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Highland Room, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY

The Workplace and the Law - May 10, 2013

Union officers and stewards need to know and understand not just the union contract, but also the state and federal laws that govern the employment relationship. Those attending this session will learn about legislation such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage and hour laws, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, anti-discrimination laws, and health and safety protections.

This workshop is educational in nature, not a legal clinic, but will provide participants with the essentials of workplace law and employees' rights to help with day-to-day interactions. Additionally, by recognizing shortcomings in employment law, union representatives can better negotiate contract language to fill the gaps in legal protection.