Group discusses finances, FMLA
REPRESENTATIVES FROM about a dozen manufacturing locals participated in the seventh annual meeting of the Great Lakes Area Industrial Council #1 last September 15 in Aurora, Ill. Intl. Rep Howard Cole, who also serves as the council’s business representative, reports that the council is in solid shape financially and continues to provide excellent training for lodge leaders. The annual meeting included a training session on the Family and Medical Leave Act presented by Kelly Hounshell, president of Local 524 (East Chicago, Ind.).
Cole says the council, which until recently had offered four training courses annually, now holds three sessions per year. It has conducted a total of 26 sessions since it was formed in 1999. The training is provided by lodge officers as well as attorneys, professors, and mediators. The next training session is set for April 6 at a location to be announced.