Jun 08, 2016

NAGE Newly Elected Officials Attend Leadership Training

NAGE/DC Federal Division held a two-day union leadership training for DC local officials on May 24-25, 2016. Local officials from the Metropolitan Police Department (R3-05), Department of Public Works (R3-06), Office of Unified Communications (R3-07), DC Homeland Security & Emergency Management (R3-08), and Department of Forensic Sciences (R3-09), participated in the training. Many of the participants are newly elected officials from Local’s R3-05 and R3-07.

Training topics included grievance handling, Weingarten rights, Unfair Labor Practices (ULP), and Duty of Fair Representation (DFR). Local officials also participated in mock training related to the grievance and arbitration process. While speaking with Lee Blackmon, Deputy Director for NAGE/DC Federal Division, she spoke on her thoughts of the training.  “I believe the training was very successful, these officials are ready to hit the ground running and are confident in their ability to fulfil their obligations and advocate for the members.” 
Members considered the training to be “outstanding”, “awesome”, and “informative”. Harvey Cannon, recently elected president of NAGE Local R3-05 says, “I learned a lot and still have more to learn. I feel comfortable going forward.”

This is one of the many training opportunities given throughout the year to develop the skills and abilities of our local leaders to strengthen our union. NAGE/IBPO plans to offer more training sessions like these in the coming months. Be on the lookout for training near you. 

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