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IFT Worksite Leader training program

The strength of our union comes from informed, engaged members in our more than 400 locals, councils, and chapters across the state. When members come together with one powerful voice, we positively impact our professions and the lives of the students and citizens we serve.

Worksite leaders work with members on the front lines in schools, offices, and other IFT workplaces. They play a vital role in keeping members informed and active. That's where the IFT Worksite Leader training program comes in!

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What is the WSL training program and what will I learn?
The IFT's WSL program is a series of five courses, or modules. Each module provides a strong foundation of knowledge and skills needed for worksite leaders to be effective. After completing all five modules, participants will graduate and be designated as a “certified IFT Worksite Leader.

IFT Worksite Learning training program modules include:

  1. UNION 101 provides an overview of the worksite leaders’ responsibilities and their vital role in the labor movement.

  2. COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION reviews the importance of communication in union buildings. Participants will review tools and methods for maintaining job site data and provide opportunities to improve communication skills.

  3. WORKSITE ADVOCACY uses individual and group activities to review four areas of member Advocacy: gripes & grievances, member representation, contract enforcement, and member mobilization.


  4. MOBILIZATION AND ENGAGEMENT focuses on the use of one-on-one conversations to recruit, engage and mobilize co-workers.


  5. POLITICAL, LEGISLATIVE, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT reviews the union’s policy making and endorsement process.

    Become a WSL graduate and take the next steps towards strengthening your local and the IFT!


WINTER SESSION
February 10-11, 2018
Modules 1 and 5

500 Oakmont Lane
Westmont, IL

Enrollment is limited. Submit complete registration by January 26, 2018.



A resolution for 2019

by Amy Excell | Dec 30, 2018
COLUMN: IFT President Dan Montgomery reviews our union's successes in 2018 and looks ahead to the promise of the new year.
Friends,

As I write this, I'm looking back on an incredible year for the IFT and our union movement.

We successfully navigated the most anti-union onslaught in the last 50 years: Bruce Rauner’s Janus-based attack on public unions. You stood united to defend your local - and our state and national unions - because you understand their importance in your life. You know that your ability to be paid a good wage, earn reasonable benefits, and secure a decent work environment where we can provide excellent schools, colleges, universities, and public services are in dire risk when those who seek to weaken us succeed. So, you remained strong in the union. Be forewarned though: the Koch Brothers and others like them will keep pouring millions into getting you to make their lives easier. The more solid we are, the harder it will be for the rich to get richer while the rest of us get the short end of the stick.



In addition to that fight, we also prevailed mightily in the statewide election effort. Electing JB and Juliana is a life-changing event for us. We can now begin to rebuild Illinois, which is in the worst fiscal shape of any state in the country. It won’t be easy. The state still has a structural deficit, meaning there is simply not enough revenue to fund basic public services, safety, and infrastructure needs. And I cannot stress enough the dire shape our institutions of higher education are in. 

We believe that the only viable path forward is a fair tax system in Illinois, whereby the most wealthy pay their fair share and those with less catch a break. 39 other states use graduated rates effectively, and we need to join them. There are a lot of details to be worked out, but be prepared to educate yourself, family, and friends on what’s at stake. It will eventually go to the polls in a referendum, and the IFT will be with you every step of the way in this historic effort.

In the latest issue of Union Link (LINK), you’ll read details about local election victories, some won by simply a few votes! Don’t let anyone ever tell you again that their vote doesn’t count. We proved otherwise in this election. This crucial lesson will loom large in the 2019 city of Chicago mayoral election, and in the general election of 2020. When we vote, we win.

Lastly, I must acknowledge the members of the Graduate Employees Organization at the University of Illinois (Local 6300) and Acero charter school teachers (CTU, Local 1) who went on strike in 2018.

These successful strikes point to the amazing power of our raising our voices together in action. From West Virginia to Los Angeles, from Arizona to right here in Illinois, we see time and again that we can change this great land of ours for the better when we come together in solidarity, when we don’t take “no” for an answer, when we question the rules of an economy or employer that are designed to limit our power or economic prospects. 

Let’s hold on dearly to these lessons as we move into 2019 with boldness, optimism, and great union resolve for a rebirth in Illinois. I wish you a wonderful year ahead.

Dan-Sig 
Dan Montgomery, IFT President

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