LAPS Graduates Building Power for Workers


Our union is building power for workers by mentoring and training new stewards. On April 12, nine of our members completed six months of intensive training and graduated from our Leadership Apprentice for Stewards Program (LAPS).

Local 1000 stewards are members who have stepped up to be stronger leaders in our union. They amplify our voices and connect our members to build unity and strength across the state.

LAPS gives our stewards the tools they need to succeed. LAPS is a six-month program in which steward candidates take extensive online courses, interactive in-person trainings, and mentorship opportunities.

In just over two years, LAPS has added 250 certified union stewards to our ranks. Classes begin quarterly and, at any given time, three different groups of members are receiving training.

“Stewards are the foundation of our union,” said Tamekia N. Robinson, Vice President for Organizing/Representation. “They are at the center of our Worksite Action Teams and on the front lines of engaging and empowering members to take action for a stronger union.”

If you are interested in learning more about LAPS or would like to inquire about becoming a steward, visit: /become-steward