FSED typically holds several webinars each month on a variety of topics.
Stewards Online Orientation (4 hours): This introductory training for new stewards overviews the role of the steward, active worksite representation, and the law that outlines the rights of federal union representatives: 5 USC Chapter 71.
Local Officers Online Orientation (4 hours): An introductory overview training to acquaint local leaders with the roles and responsibilities of elected officers and provide general information and resources needed to begin the process of building a strong and effective local. Legal, fiduciary, and reporting requirements are discussed, as are planning and budgeting.
Union Leadership: Leading with our Values (2 hours): This workshop is designed for Local Leaders who want to pursue a values-based approach to local leadership. This online workshop will give leaders an opportunity to reflect on the personal values that shape their vision of what it means to be a leader.
Union Leadership: Thinking Strategically (2 hours): This workshop will teach local leaders how to think more strategically about the overarching goals for their local. Using frameworks designed to facilitate the strategic planning process, local leaders will learn how to assess the needs of their local and begin crafting long-term and short-term goals for the Local.
Union Leadership: Communicating Effectively (2 hours): This workshop is designed to help local leaders improve their communication to become more effective leaders. Communication is the key building block to a strong local. To influence and mobilize local stakeholders, local leaders must be able to listen to their members and communicate a unified vision for the local.
Bargaining Basics (4 hours): This introductory webinar is aimed at members who are likely to be involved in the collective bargaining process at their local or council. We will discuss what can and cannot be bargained over under federal law, “good faith” bargaining, use of official time, information requests, and how to access additional relevant resources.
Strategic Bargaining (4 hours): This advanced bargaining skills class is for AFGE leaders and members already experienced in the collective bargaining process who would like to further develop their skills in negotiating collective bargaining agreements for federal employees. This course explores how to determine the best bargaining strategy for your situation, implementing a strategic bargaining plan, and effective strategies for educating members and gaining their support. Participants should be experienced bargainers and/or have already attended the Bargaining Basics webinar.
Workers’ Compensation: Basic (12 hours): This 2-day introductory training by Workers’ Comp expert Joe Mansour covers the 5 essential elements of filing a workers’ comp claim for federal workers, the requirements of Publication CA-810, navigating the ECOMP system, and associated timelines. Actual cases are also reviewed. Updated COVID 19 requirements will be discussed. Participants must attend both days.
Workers’ Compensation: Appeals (6 hours): This one-day follow-up to the Workers’ Compensation: Basic course covers the types of appeals, completing an appeal form, and submitting appeals in the ECOMP system. Examples of denied claims and what to look for will be discussed.
Mental Health Awareness (2 hours): This interactive workshop is intended to raise awareness of mental health conditions and create a stigma-free workplace. Participants will apply the N.E.S. (Notice, Engage, Support) method to a variety of situations and explore ways to engage in a professionally appropriate and compassionate conversation about stress, resilience, and available resources.