Forging Stronger Union Bonds: Empowering Locals Through Training and Advocacy

Daleo Freeman

May 20, 2024

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In the pursuit of stronger union bonds and enhanced member empowerment, the Human Relations Department advocates for comprehensive training and advocacy initiatives at the local level. These initiatives not only equip members with essential skills, but also serve as pathways to unite and strengthen local communities.

Training on the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs:
Local unions are encouraged to provide thorough training sessions on the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) for their members, stewards, and officers. By equipping individuals with the necessary tools to navigate the process in case of job related injuries, we not only ensure their well-being, but also foster a sense of solidarity and support within the local community.

Representation in the Employee Assistance Program Process:
It is imperative to ensure that locals have representation in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) process. By negotiating for the establishment of District Advisory Committees (DACs), we provide vital support for members, guiding them through various life issues affecting their well-being. This representation not only promotes inclusivity, but also strengthens bonds and unity within the local community.

Veterans’ Rights and Benefits:
Training sessions focusing on veterans’ rights and benefits serve to foster understanding and effective communication within the union. By encouraging inclusiveness and involving family members who have served, as well as engaging with local veteran’s councils, we honor the contributions of our veterans and strengthen bonds within the local community.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Process Training:
Providing comprehensive training in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) process is essential to ensure that members understand this important process. By empowering members to address workplace discrimination effectively, we promote fairness, equality, and unity within the local community.

Civil Rights and Civic Engagement Awareness:
Promoting training and awareness initiatives on civil rights and civic engagement keeps members informed and engaged in current and future issues that affect their rights and interests. By empowering members to advocate for their rights and engage in civic discourse, we foster a culture of activism, unity, and community engagement within our union.

To paraphrase labor rights advocate Mary Harris “Mother” Jones: Let us remember the fallen, honor the living, and tirelessly strive for safer workplaces. This sentiment underscores the commitment of the APWU to prioritize the well-being and rights of its members and to unite and strengthen local communities through training and advocacy initiatives.

For assistance and guidance in implementing these initiatives, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Human Relations Department.

Daleo Freeman
National Human Relations Director
(202) 842-4270

Note: While this message does not mandate locals to implement these initiatives, we recognize that these topics impact every part of our union. Therefore, it would be advantageous to integrate them into our union’s growth and address them in our day-to-day operations as pathways to unite and strengthen local communities. ■

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