Available Trainings


  • Oct. 06: Stewarding in a Pandemic (7:00PM)As we see a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, stewards sometimes find themselves facing new challenges and stressors. This workshop will cover helping our members through times of crisis and self-care for yourself. 

          Contact us at [email protected] to request a new session of this training.   

  • Oct. 13: Effective Organizing Conversations (7:00PM)—There is no more effective organizing technique than one-on-one conversations. Some of us could use a little help in this area. This workshop will cover a time-tested formula for learning what your co-workers care about and connecting these issues to the union.

    Contact us at [email protected] to request a new session of this training. 

  • Oct. 20: Local Treasurer Training (5:00PM)—This class will cover the Financial Standards Code as well as the surety bond, LUAFR, and IRS 990 forms that need to be completed annually. This is a great class for newly elected treasurers as well as those looking for a refresher. 

    Contact us at [email protected] to request a new session of this training.

  • Oct. 27: Running an Effective Local Union (7:00PM)—Strong local unions don’t just happen; they require a team that knows their roles and responsibilities, all working together for a common goal and the common good. This workshop for executive board members and officers will cover establishing productive group norms and other practices for success.

  • Nov. 03: Representing Members in Disciplinary Cases (7:00PM)—The lion’s share of stewarding work involves making sure our members are treated fairly when facing potential discipline. This workshop will cover conducting thorough investigations, defending our members’ legal rights, and getting the best outcome when the evidence is not in our favor.

  • Nov. 10: Contract Campaigns (7:00PM)—In contract negotiations, what happens away from the bargaining table is as Important as what happens at the bargaining table. This workshop will cover creating a strategy to apply maximum pressure on the employer using direct action tactics that not only results in a better contract, but also builds a stronger union.

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  • Nov. 17: New Employee Outreach (7:00PM)A wave of recent retirements means that we are also seeing many new faces in the workplace. Integrating those new co-workers into the union takes more than a fifteen minute “sales pitch.” This workshop will cover creating an NEO program of relationship-building from day one through the first year.

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AFSCME Council 65 offers a wide variety of trainings for our members and locals. Talk to your assigned labor representative to schedule any of the following trainings:

Communication Structure Training – 4-6 hours
Could your local or bargaining unit get information out to every worker in 24 hours by having face-to-face conversations? How do you communicate efficiently in a worksite? This training gives you the tools you need to have one to one conversations, map out your workplace and identify workplace leaders, and the ability to create an effective communication structure within your local, bargaining unit, and workplace. This allows you to build relationships, grow your membership, create a strong union identity, and quickly facilitate the exchange of information. We recommend this training annually for all locals.

Governance Training – 8 hours
Ever wonder what your role is as an E-Board Member or Chair Officer? How to better function as a team? This training covers local union governance roles, priorities, how to effectively chair a meeting, and efficiently communicate with your local members. You will also have hands on experience talking one on one with union members, planning for your local, and other interactive activities. We recommend this training after any local leadership change and/or every election.

Grievance Training – 3- 4 hours
What is a grievance versus a gripe?  What about a past practice?  How and when do you file a grievance? What is just cause?  Who should take notes? What is needed in a grievance file? Who does arbitrations? What rights does a steward or officer have in an investigation? Let us help your local understand the grievance procedure and process in an interactive and productive training session. This training is great for any new steward, officer, or a great refresher for someone with experience!

Negotiating Team Training4-8 hours
How should a Negotiating Teamwork?  How do we conduct ourselves at the table with the Employer? What is a caucus? What is the most effective strategy to communicate back to your local or bargaining unit about the bargaining progress? What is a contract campaign? This training covers the basics and helps grow relationships and foster trust within your negotiating team in an interactive and fun way. You will learn to communicate one to one with co-workers, how to keep your solidarity at the table, and grow power to secure a better contract. We recommend this training for every elected negotiating team.

New Employee Orientation Training4-8 hours
What was your first experience with your union? Did you even know you were part of a union?  Did you have lots of questions or know who to ask? Feeling welcome and knowing where to get answers is important.  You can be part of your local, your bargaining unit, or active in your worksite by building union identity and solidarity through an effective New Employee Orientation structure. This training facilitates how to have one to one conversation, share your personal story, and engage in the vision of the union with new workers. Learn to track new workers, assert your rights under your contract, and follow up while building relationships. You will practice these skills during the training as well as create a plan and structure that works for you. We recommend this training for all locals looking to build their union internally and engage interest from employees it should be done annually or after any local leadership change.

Financial Responsibility Training

This training is conducted by AFSCME International. Any AFSCME officer, treasurer, or trustee who signs checks or conducts audits for their local is encouraged to take this class.  Join fellow AFSCME leaders to develop these critical skills. To schedule a training or register, call our office at 218-885-3242, or by email at [email protected].

Looking for forms, or just need a quick refresher on financial standards? Treasurers, trustees or officers who deal with their local's finances can find more information at www.afscmetreasurer.org.

Beyond Bias Training – 2 hours
What is implicit bias? Do you have it? How do we see the world through our own social conditioning and how does it affect our union, workplaces, and relationships with others? Learn the science of how our brains work and how we can actively work to rewire them for a more inclusive world. This training curriculum was born out of AFSCME International Racial Equity and Inclusion team in conjunction with the Safe Places for the Advancement of Community and Equity (SPACEs) project. We recommend this training for every member of our union.

All trainings, except Financial Responsibility and Beyond Bias, can be requested/scheduled through your assigned Labor Representative.