Employees who are union representatives use official time to help address labor-management issues, and to aid employees in cases of alleged discrimination or retaliation, and disciplinary actions. Critics charge that official time is too expensive, while labor groups maintain that it saves time and money by avoiding litigation and time-consuming procedural avenues for settling disputes.
“Federal unions are legally required to provide full representation to all members of a bargaining unit, whether or not the worker elects to pay voluntary union dues,” Junemann wrote. “In exchange for being forced to provide representation to dues payers and non-dues payers alike, the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 permits federal unions to bargain official time arrangements to the mutual benefit of labor and management.”
In honor of this summer’s 40th National Convention, AFGE is collecting a special-edition online cookbook of member-submitted recipes. This is a fun, new project to show off our union’s cooking skills and swap recipes in solidarity.
These should be “tried and true” recipes that any home cook can follow. We would like to showcase the online cookbook for all members at our upcoming 40th National Convention and beyond.
Recipes should include: your name, your local number and district, your recipe’s name, and easy step-by-step ingredients and directions. We would also like you to submit a picture of yourself preparing the meal or a head shot of yourself in order to have a visual aid in the cookbook. A picture of the competed dish is also acceptable.
Many of us will celebrate Independence Day with a barbecue. We can keep the red, white and blue in the holiday with this made-in-America, union label backyard barbecue checklist, compiled from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), the LA Labor 411’s website, Union Plus and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).
Be sure to check AFL-CIO for more made-in-America, union product spotlights.
Weber Q series grill, coolers by Igloo and Rubbermaid, red Solo cups and don’t forget the sunscreen by Coppertone and Bain de Soleil.
Hot Dogs, Sausages and Other Grill Meats
Ball Park, Boar’s Head, Dearborn Sausage Co., Fischer Meats, Hebrew National, Hofmann, Johnsonville, Oscar Mayer.
see more at: http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Other-News/July-4-Made-in-America-BBQ-Shopping-List2