Teamsters Local 572 Secretary Treasurer and International Vice President, Rick Middleton, held a two-day Steward’s Seminar at the local hall on July 23-24, 2011.

Approximately 100 stewards participated in the “mock arbitration hearing” that was developed by the IBT Training and Development Department. Stewards were given the chance to witness first hand the process and rules used in arbitration. Martin Costello, legal counsel for the Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer’s office, acted as the “arbitrator” for the training.

“Once stewards go through the mock hearing they have a deeper appreciation of the technicalities and specifics of contract enforcement,” said Dennis Watson, President of Local 572.

Comments from the participants reveal a high level of praise for the seminar. “This program highlighted the importance of gathering facts, developing a theory of each case, being clear about your reasoning, and the merit of the grievance itself,” said Dan Crawford from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Christina Nickerson agreed. “It showed me the reality of arbitration and the importance of trying to handle situations in house before having to go through arbitration,” she said.

After participating in the program one steward wrote, “I’m proud to be a member of Local 572!”