Leadership Within Unions (LS018)

Participants prepare themselves for assuming the responsibilities in their organization by developing skills and abilities required of union leaders. Strategic planning of operations, decision making, developing a vision, styles of leadership, rank and file participation, communications, and running effective meetings are among topics considered. Additional topics include running effective meetings, labor law, grievances, arbitration, collective bargaining, contracts, and outreach. Group dynamics in unions will be discussed including why people join groups, particularly law and high trust groups. Special attention is paid to the unique qualities of unionists, their motivations, and their needs. Each participant will prepare a plan for improving how their local union functions.

Key Topics

  • Union Operations
  • Group Dynamics for Unions
  • Empowering the Union Rank and File
  • Decision Making for Unions
  • Union Members Rights and Responsibilities
  • Strategic Planning and Outreach for Unions
  • Robert’s Rules of Order for Unions
  • Union Contracts
  • Workplace Grievances and Arbitration
  • Labor Law and Workplace Rights
  • Leadership Development for Unions

Approach and Features

  • Organizer’s Toolkit
  • Multi-Media Lectures
  • Group Discussions
  • Case Studies
  • Role Play
  • Exercises

Benefits to You, Your Union, or Organization

  • Define what unions are and how they operate.
  • Understand union members’ rights and responsibilities.
  • Survey the basics of a successful union contract.
  • Learn how unions strategically plan to achieve their goals.
  • Survey the best decision making methodologies for unions.
  • Develop leadership characteristics in the union rank and file.
  • Understand fundamentals of how to run successful union meetings.
  • Harness the dynamic power of groups in the union setting.
  • Empower the union rank and file with basic knowledge of labor law and collective bargaining.


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