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Curriculum - Supervising in a Union Environment


The purpose of the Supervising in a Union Environment module is to provide participants with an overview of the role of unions/collective bargaining units, policies pertaining to them, and an understanding of UMaine union contracts and processes, in order to more effectively supervise employees who are unit members.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in the Supervising in a Union Environment module, supervisors will:

  • Understand the “big picture” of unions/bargaining units and the role of union stewards, including the University of Maine System Labor Relations Act and “Weingarten” Rights.
  • Know which bargaining units exist at UMaine and how they operate with management.
  • Become familiar with union contracts.
  • Identify the top ten contract questions, including the understanding of “just cause” and grievance.
  • Learn strategies to effectively supervise unit members and work with union stewards.

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