Twenty-seven OPEIU Local 2 members successfully completed a six-hour training on January 20 that strengthened their ability to defend union members facing discipline and termination as well as challenging management on unfair workplace practices and policies. Read more about our member education program below.
“It was good to get into the details," said Saundra Fisher, Shop Steward at S&K Security Consultants. "It made me better understand the process, and now I can be more effective.” Participants – mostly OPEIU Local 2 shop stewards – ran through scenarios applying their new understanding of Weingarten Rights, past practice and just cause. Participants also dissected the grievance process with focus on interviewing and documentation, representation at the grievance hearing, and how to maneuver around difficult managements.
In the coming year, OPEIU Local 2 will implement trainings geared towards the needs of its shop stewards who assist workers at more than 130 shops in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. Whether you’re a new or seasoned member, these trainings will sharpen your skills. “I’ve been an active bargaining unit member for years and recently become a shop steward…I left the training feeling more confident,“ said Nalishha Mehta, Shop Steward at the Solidarity Center. Let your staff representative know if you’re interested in any of our free upcoming trainings.
OPEIU Local 2 is a labor union supporting over 8,000 professional workers in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We represent staff members across a number of sectors, including healthcare, non-profit, and more.