Financial Issues for Local and State Union Officers:
Training Available Online
Throughout 2013, the Secretary-Treasurer’s Department is offering online training on a variety of important topics for local and state officers who have fiduciary responsibilities.
The first round of training session will be held between January and June. A second round of raining will be held between August and November. [Click here for a list of upcoming "webinars." (PDF - updated Feb. 13, 2013]
Training topics include reporting requirements for the Department of Labor and the IRS, elections, audits, and other subjects of interest to Secretary-Treasurers, Presidents, Trustees and others. Each topic is addressed in its own online “webinar.” Sessions last from 1 to 2 ½ hours, depending on the subject.
Web-based training is very economical and it is a great way to reach local and state officers who otherwise would not be able to attend seminars. There is no charge for the webinars. Participants and instructors avoid the travel and hotel expenses associated with on-site training seminars.
The decision to provide online training is part of the union’s effort to provide training as inexpensively as possible. The Secretary-Treasurer’s Department is committed to offering state-of-the-art training for APWU affiliates.
To receive an invitation for the webinars, the officer of the Local must contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The request must include the officer’s name, title, and email address. (Please Note: AOL email accounts may read the invitation as spam and may block the user from receiving the invitations.) The link to register for the Webinar can be found within each invitation. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail message confirming the registration that will include instructions for participating in the webinar.
Upcoming webinars are listed on the APWU Calendar of Events pages at www.apwu.org. If you are a president, treasurer, or secretary-treasurer who would like to participate but have not received the invitation three weeks before a webinar, please call the Secretary-Treasurer’s Department at (202) 842-4215 and be prepared to provide your e-mail address.
Local and state officers are encouraged to invite executive board and committee members (such as election, audit and COPA) to participate as appropriate. Several individuals may gather in a room to call-in on one speakerphone; this will allow for greater participation. The maximum capacity for each Webinar is 120 callers. If you register for a webinar, you will account for one of the 120 participants, even if you do not call-in, so please do not register unless you intend to participate.
Webinar participants will need a speaker telephone and a computer with an Internet connection. This will permit attendees to view the presentation online while listening to the instructor over the phone and to ask questions. Participant’s PCs will need Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server or Vista; attendees using Macs will need Mac OS ®, X10.3.9 (Panther®) or newer. The webinar will only work with Internet Explorer or Safari browsers. No video is associated with this training.
We suggest that officers be provided with time to participate in this training.