Sharpening Steward Skills
Council Rep & President John Edwards led this training
A number of members from Central South Carpenters’ Local 551 recently attended a steward training class taught by Council Representative and Council President John Edwards. This particular group of professional carpenters have worked for many of the Council’s signatory partners, such a Freeman, GES, Way-Tech, W. S. Bellows & Brochstein.
The group learned the aspects of understanding both the member’s problems and concerns along with the employer’s. They heard the importance of being a good listener, and the need to have empathy for all involved in any issues that arise. The class also reviewed topics such as how to handle stress, the pitfalls of dealing with difficult people, team building and the structure of their union agreements. Many of the participants said they felt better equipped to represent the members and contractors on issues that arise on the job sites based on what they learned in the meeting.