The Need For Advanced Training and Education Within Unions

1194 WordsJul 12, 20185 Pages
Why must education be of top priority in every union? First of all let’s take a moment and think back to when you were an infant. Imagine as an infant you were born with no one to instruct you in your “trial and error” learning process. What happens? You have just been set up for failure; and with enough failures, comes extinction. Ok, now let’s bring you back from being an infant and back into the present. Imagine now you have been a “rank and file” union member for several years. Your union is about to hold elections for leadership offices and you decide to run. The votes are counted. You have been elected business manager of your union. Congratulations! Next week starts the beginning of contract negotiations and globalization is here.…show more content…
45). Unions have to come to the realization by being pro-active in regards to training and education; they will have to develop Eiger (1979) “intellectual power resources,” such as; “the power of access to information, the power of generating new ideas, the power of critically examining problems and creatively formulating alternative solutions. We need to make these resources available to workers on a scale as never attempted before” (p. 38) This is where labor educators come in. Unions need to come to the realization that education programs need to be solid, the main focus, and at the core of every union in order to keep the unions from extinction. Unions have many subjects that need to be continuously taught, trained, studied, and critiqued. Some of these are basic unionism, skill training, safety, organizing, grievance handling, contract negotiations, health care, political action, benefits, labor law, as well as others. All these should be taken into consideration at the local and international levels. Top education programs need to be established to keep rank and file members, as well as leadership abreast of new innovations and technology and maintain a progressive intellectual competence. “Continued success in collective bargaining, public campaigns, litigation, and political action hinges to a large degree

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