On April 23rd and 24th Amalgamated UAW Local 145 Unit #1 held a training seminar for the Unit #1 Bargaining Officers at the UAW Region 4 Pat Greathouse Educational Center in Ottawa, IL. Many of the stewards were attending the Pat Greathouse Center for the first time and all of the stewards were thankful of the opportunity to attend. The stewards also expressed that they were impressed with the Center.
The first day of the seminar began with introductions of the Unit #1 Bargaining Committee and all of the stewards in attendance. Committeeman Don Rohrer introduced UAW Region 4 Director Ron McInroy to the stewards and Director McInroy gave a UAW Region 4 update.
Then UAW Region 4 Education Coordinator Brad Schwanda presented the history of the UAW and the Pat Greathouse Center with a video of the Pat Greathouse Center and a video called Brothers on the Line. Brad also presented training for the stewards on Strike Preparedness. This training is important for the stewards with contract negotiations for Unit #1 in the near future.
Committeemen Dave Torres and John Kratz presented a class on grievance handling and duties of a steward. Committeemen Don Rohrer and Dave Snyder presented a class of the duties of the Bargaining Committeeman and Bargaining Chairman.
The second day of the seminar the Bargaining Committee and the stewards worked on developing a plan for 2017 bargaining.
At the conclusion of the seminar each steward gave an individual report on what they learned during the two day seminar.
The Bargaining Committee and Stewards would like to thank the Amalgamated UAW Local 145 Membership for sponsoring the valuable training and to opportunity to attend the seminar.