Union Education, Training, and Support

Adapted from Urban, B.Y. & Wagner, K.C. (2000). Domestic Violence: A Union Issue. A Workplace Training Resource Kit for Unions. San Francisco, CA: The Family Violence Prevention Fund. (415) 252-8900

For Members and Families

Make sure your Member Assistance Program and/or Employee Assistance Program includes services for domestic and sexual violence and stalking, and that union offices have information available about where to refer members for help. Developing a brochure and a resource directory for members with information about the dynamics of violence and community resources will provide guidance for both members and their families.

For Steward and Officers

Include information on domestic and sexual violence and stalking in regular steward/delegate training or prepare special workshops for stewards on the workplace issues related to domestic and sexual violence and stalking. Stewards should offer to advocate to help the employee through a crisis, and to encourage the employer to make accommodations. Stewards should also be trained on how to respond to and assist members who are perpetrators of violence, and what to do when both the victim and the perpetrator are members. Properly training union stewards and officers to assist employees when domestic and sexual violence comes to the workplace can make life easier for all union members.

For a training exercise, see Interact with a Virtual Employee.

For an awareness-raising presentation for members and officers, see The Role of the Union When Members Experience Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking.

For training materials for members and stewards on domestic violence and the union’s role, see Domestic Violence: A Union Issue: A Workplace Training Kit for Unions.