LEARNING LABOR LAW
Tom Privitere, director of PEFs western
field services, tells participants at the Region 10
training conference about improper labor practices and
the Taylor Law. Photo by Bill Sachs
Win: Tools for Success
conference focuses on current labor issues
By DEBORAH A. MILES
More than 50 council leaders and stewards from a dozen
agencies in Region 10 walked away with timely information
after attending the annual training conference,
Playing to Win: Tools for Success in April.
The theme of the conference reflects our commitment
to be successful in dealing with the issues that face the
union today, said Region 10 Coordinator Jennifer
Faucher. One of the issues on everyones mind
is contract negotiations, thats why we asked Roger
Toussaint to be our keynote speaker.
Toussaint, president of Transport Workers Union of
America Local 100, told participants about his
unions fight for a successful contract.
Carrot and stick approach
He advised PEF leaders to carry a carrot and a stick in
negotiations. When management refuses to cower,
negotiators must be convincing enough to make management
believe they will use the stick, he said.
Toussaint said health benefits topped the list among his
members, pointing out how they achieved enhanced benefits
in their new contract.
You have to back up your demands with numbers,
thats why you need your membership behind
you, he said.
This is reflective of PEFs member
mobilization program, said Faucher. Mr.
Toussaints union set the trend of what is possible
in this particular economic time.
Something for everyone
Several committees organized the conference in order to
offer something for everyone, with a strong emphasis on
taking back and sharing information with co-workers.
For example, one of the workshops focused on the process
of contract negotiations. Members may think going
into negotiations, the person who bangs on the table the
hardest will win. This workshop taught us a lot of
posturing and dynamics take place, Faucher said.
Some of the other workshop topics included Getting
Results through Mobilization, Improper Labor Practices
and the Taylor Law, and Navigating through the Civil
All the workshops got rave reviews, Faucher
PEF President Roger Benson also addressed the
participants and said playing to win depends
on PEF leaders bringing their membership to a higher
level of participation.
Communication key in
reaching Binghamton members
mobilization creates union power in Region 5
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