Looking for a Few Good Men…or Women

Dear IBEW Local 1200 members,

Are you a strong communicator who is interested in being a voice for your fellow union workers? WBAL-TV and Radio is looking for two more shop stewards to help Local 1200 and your current shop steward, Bob Moore, best represent the men and women of IBEW at Hearst. The CBS Washington DC Bureau is looking for two more shop stewards to help Local 1200 and your current shop steward, Greg Shaffir, best represent the men and women of IBEW at CBS.

Being a steward means stepping up to play a key role in building our union. While not always an easy job, the role of a steward can be deeply rewarding—and something to be proud of. The union steward is a key “link” in our union. As a steward, you make collective bargaining agreements meaningful by helping your co-workers implement their contract and defend their rights on a day-to-day basis. You are in the best position to understand your coworkers’ concerns and priorities, organize with them to take action, and communicate their priorities to other union leaders.

You are also the best person to educate co-workers about our union’s goals. Our most important job is to build an active, united membership in our workplace. Our ability to defend and improve conditions will always depend on the collective power of our membership. A shop steward should welcome new employees and let them know how they can become involved. They should constantly find ways to involve more members in the activities of our union such as solving workplace problems and supporting negotiations.

Shop stewards are communicators and educators. Through one-on-one workplace conversations, you can become a strong representative for your co-workers and help improve your workplace. By listening to and learning about workers’ problems and concerns, you become the eyes and ears of your shop. This personal contact not only helps you advocate for your fellow workers but also gives you the opportunity to teach them about our union, their rights under our contract, bargaining goals, and the important issues affecting working people.

If you are interested in taking a bigger role in your career and helping your fellow workers in theirs, please consider applying to be a shop steward. For more information on becoming a shop steward, including the responsibilities and compensation, call me at 410-891-5850 or email me at ken.brown@ibew1200.org.

My union experience has made a positive impact on my life. I hope you will consider checking it out.

Sincerely,

  1. Ken
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LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK

Here are some state legislative highlights for the week. Local 1200 represents 650 men and women from Maryland to Louisiana:

Florida:

Criminal Justice Reform
SB 102 was defeated when the session adjourned sine die. The bill would have prohibited an employer from inquiring into or considering an applicant’s criminal history on an initial employment application unless otherwise required to do so.
SB 430, the Restoration of Civil Rights Act, was defeated when the session adjourned sine die. The measure would have provided for the automatic restoration of the civil rights of individuals with records after completion of his or her sentence of incarceration and supervision. Those rights included the right to serve on a jury, participate in public service and pursue chosen occupations.
Education HB 7069, a school funding bill that would require local public school districts to provide charter schools an equal per-pupil share of property tax revenue for capital funding, has passed the legislature, is awaiting action by the Governor. If this measure is signed by the Governor, the state will distribute that money to eligible charters to pay for school buildings and other long term expenses (currently, 544 of the state’s nearly 650 charters qualify for this funding). Continue reading