15 Tips for Union Stewards

We tip our Union hats to you who serve your union brothers and sisters. You accepted the burdens of workplace leadership. A position that is fraught with anxiety, frustration and immediacy, but is also a position that can be truly gratifying as you help and assist your co-workers.

Your position is a day-to-day activity of membership contact within your shop. Uniquely, by this position you have the opportunity to be on top of most situations that occur whether it is the company violating the contract or whether the Union business agent is unavailable to be there quickly.

Most members look first to their steward. You are most often available on a daily basis, you have frequent and direct contact with your union office and usually you have been in bargaining and understand intimately the essence of the contract language. This is not easy; whether you are a new steward or one with years of experience. We know you have a lot of people relying on you to protect their interests and to enforce their labor agreement.

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So we’ve compiled a list of top “Quick Tips” to keep in mind. We know you know all of these, but we also know that as you work hard to serve, they can easily be forgotten by anyone…

1. You don’t have to be an expert. Stewards are always being asked questions. Don’t act like you know what you’re talking about when you don’t your friends and your co-workers will see through it right away. Say you’ll find out, and get back to them.

2. Figure out where to turn for answers. Your union officers and staff should be knowledgeable in contract interpretation and many areas of labor law. Other union activists can be important people to rely on. And depending on where you work, on the job there are undoubtedly a few people who work in different offices or departments who know more than anyone what goes on behind management’s closed doors.

3. Knowing how to delegate tasks is your most important skill. Recruiting volunteers is an easily learned skill. Some people do it naturally, others benefit from specific training in recruiting or team-building.

4. If you try to do it all yourself, it won’t work. You won’t be able to do anything as well as you could, you’ll get frustrated, and then you’ll burn out. The more people you get involved, the more you can accomplish.

5. Your job is to empower people. Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime. If all you do is solve other people’s problems for them, what are they going to do when you’re not there? Help people learn how to solve their own problems.

6. Ask a lot of questions. Socrates didn’t become famous for nothing. The best ideas come from picking a lot of people’s brains and getting them to think about old problems in new ways.

7. Learn how to listen. With grievances and personnel problems, sometimes just being willing to listen is the most important thing you can do. When you’re organizing you need to know how other people feel and how they view the situation before you can influence them. Ask and listen.

8. Don’t let management treat you like pond scum. When you’re representing your co-workers as their union steward you are equal with the supervisor you’re dealing with. You’re both intelligent adults. On the job, your supervisor may have authority over you. But on union business, you’re his or her equal.

9. Never assume that management knows better than you. Most supervisors have little understanding of contract rights or labor law. They have experience in program or production and in supervision. Anything you learn about employees’ rights on the job makes you more of an expert in that area than they are.

10. Pick your fights. Defending your fellow employees is an important part of a union steward’s job, but if that’s all you do you’re always on the defensive. If you identify issues and take the initiative to demand changes, you’ll make important progress. Don’t let management control the agenda. Be pro-active and pick the issues that you think you can make some headway on.

11. Always get back to people. If you want your co-workers to have trust in you, you’ve got to be responsible and reliable. Don’t promise things you can’t deliver on, and be sure to follow through on what you do commit to.

12. Be organized in your own life. Pick a system and keep to it. How are you going to keep track of appointments and meetings? Where are you going to keep notes and reminders to yourself? Throw out papers you don’t need, and have a good system for finding the stuff you keep.

13. Be a responsible employee on the job. Not only is this important if you want your co-workers to have respect for you and your opinion, but it keeps you from getting into unnecessary trouble with management.

14. Maintain a sense of humor. On the one hand, ridicule can be a powerful weapon against an irrational supervisor. On the other, don’t take yourself too seriously. If you get self-righteous you won’t learn from your mistakes and you’ll turn people off.

15. Keep your eyes on the prize. There will be setbacks. There will be losses. Sometimes people will get angry at you, and sometimes you’ll start to wonder if it’s all worth it. But as long as you remember that collective action is the only real way to change things for the better, you’ll know that in the long run, helping to build the union is the best thing you can be doing for yourself and your family.

YOUR TURN

Whether a Union Member or Union Steward, do you have any tips to add to our list? Sound off on the Union Built PC Facebook Page, or on our Twitter or LinkedIn feeds. And don’t forget to subscribe to the monthly Union Built PC UNION STRONG eNewsletter for articles, tips and guides like this delivered straight to your inbox. You may unsubscribe at any time.

 

7 Ways to Better Multitask with Windows 10

Windows 10 has a handful of features that you may be overlooking that can make you a more effective and efficient multitasker.

Learn how you can better juggle multiple windows and apps with these tips…

1. Snap Assist

If you are tired of switching back and forth between open windows, why not use all of your screen real estate and work with two side by side? Just drag a window to one of the side edges of your screen to snap the window into one half of your desktop. Snap Assist will then display your other recent windows as thumbnails in the other half of the display, making it easy to choose a window to fill the other half of your display.

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2. Corner Snap

Twice the power of a side-by-side Snap is a Corner Snap. Drag a window to one of the four corners of your display to snap that window into a quarter of your desktop, leaving you three other spots for other windows. Corner Snap is particularly useful on larger displays where you’ve got the room to spread four windows across a single desktop.

3. Task View

MacOS has Mission Control, and Windows 10 has Task View. Either lets you see all of your open apps so you can quickly switch apps without hunting around. You’ve got two options to fire up Task View. You can click the Task View button in the taskbar; it sits to the right of the search bard and features an icon with two overlapping rectangles. Or you can hit the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Tab.

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4. Virtual Desktops

If Corner Snaps are great for big displays where you have the room to spread four windows out on your desktop and still use each effectively, then virtual desktops are great for smaller displays where you don’t have the room to use more than one or two apps at a time. You can create a virtual desktop by opening Task View and clicking the New desktop button in the bottom-right corner. You can switch between virtual desktops from the Task View or by using the keyboard shortcuts Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow.

5. Pin Apps to Taskbar

Windows 10 starts you out with a handful of apps on the taskbar but you can add your own. When an app is running, right-click its icon in the taskbar and select Pin to taskbar. (You can remove pinned apps by right-click their icon and choosing Unpin from taskbar.)

6. Scroll Inactive Windows

This setting lets you scroll up and down a window without it needing to be your active window. It’s very helpful if you are penning an email and looking at some sort of reference material in another window. You can keep your compose window for your email front and center and just mouse over another window and scroll through its contents if this setting is enabled. To do so, go to Settings > Devices > Mouse and toggle on Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them.

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7. Mini Video Player

You’ll need to be running Windows 10 Creators Update for this one. If you need to keep an eye on a Skype call or a movie or show while you work, you can now do so in an always-on-top mini player. At the present, this mini view player is available only with the Movies & TV and Skype apps. You’ll find the Play in mini view button next to the fullscreen button in the lower-right corner of the Movies & TV app. You can resize the mini view player and drag it to reposition it on your screen.

YOUR TURN

Do you have any favorite Win10 Tips? Sound off on the Union Built PC Facebook Page, or on our Twitter or LinkedIn feeds. And don’t forget to subscribe to the monthly Union Built PC UNION STRONG eNewsletter for articles, tips and guides like this delivered straight to your inbox.

 

Grievance Manager Case Study: Communications Workers of America

We were contacted by District 3 about help with their grievance process in late 2015, and scheduled an online/phone conference call and screen demonstration with top-level District officers and staff, including CWA Vice President Richard Honeycutt and Assistant to the VP Nick Hawkins.  Using a screen-sharing conference tool (GoToMeeting), District 3 officers and staff were able to join this conference from various locations, which made the meeting easy to schedule and attend.

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About CWA District 3

The District is a large regional jurisdiction of the Communication Workers of America (CWA), representing 65,000 workers in over 100 locals in the Southeastern US.  District 3 includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina and Puerto Rico.  The District represents both public and private sector employment in diverse industries that include telecommunications, airline, health care, public service, printing and news media, broadcast and cable television, higher education and corrections.

During our online meeting, we learned that the District handles grievance appeals at Step 3 and arbitration from most of their Locals across a wide array of bargaining units, and they needed a unified system to help them manage the volume and diversity of grievances while maintaining and strengthening a consistent District-level process for managing details, processes and timelines for these important cases.

Discussion of Issues

The District wanted a uniform, consistent and centralized processing and document tracking system for their grievance processes.  The system needed to:

1. Provide all case record-keeping and document storage in a single database, accessible to the District and all Locals via the internet. 
2. Provide the ability to require required information standards across the District.
3. Provide flexibility to accommodate a wide variety of bargaining units and contracts and a substantial degree of Local specialization in all steps.
4. Provide reminder emails for approaching case due dates. 
5. Provide reports and other administrative and end-user features to increase the visibility and utility of archived data and documents.

To accomplish these goals, we needed to provide District Staff with the ability to:

1. Design and create multi-screen procedures potentially specific to each local and bargaining unit, using an administrative “back end” application, as well as copy those procedures to other Locals as needed. 
2. Set time-line email alerts per Local, per bargaining unit procedure. 
3. Upload Contract provisions, per bargaining unit procedure, for easy reference and citation in grievances.

The Planning Process

First, we worked with District staff to determine the District-wide standard for information requirements, using forms and procedures that they had been using to that point.  We created a set of charts and data sheets for review and correction by District staff, and eventual inclusion in the formal Project Plan.

Next, we began to design the application’s data relationships and schema, and created flow and data relationship diagrams for internal review and testing.

Drafting and Finalizing Specifications

We drafted screen specifications as “wire-frame” mock-ups for District Staff review.  These included individual screens with information on inputs and on-screen information display.  This began a process of edits and discussions about specific display and navigation features.  Several rounds of revisions were made and the Proposal was submitted.

The Administrative back-end was planned to be as clear and transparent as possible, with the goal of making administrative processes self-evident from the screen layouts and on-screen information.

District 3 accepted the proposed plan, specifications and consideration, beginning a 120 day timeline to produce the application for client beta testing.

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Development Process

Development was done on a LAMP platform using object oriented PHP, MySQL, Javascript and JQuery.  These tools were chosen for their flexibility and widespread support across platforms and the software development industry.

Before development began, project management procedures were implemented using collaboration and work management software.  This was designed to keep the project on a schedule and to mitigate any slippage.  Progress and schedule were charted with tabular and Gantt chart reports throughout the development and non-developer alpha testing process.

Testing ended and the application was presented ready to the client within the agreed timeline.

Implementation

District staff was trained online to use the Administrator’s back end to create Local and CBA specific procedures.  Because the application was designed specifically for these processes and staff was previously engaged in the design, this was a short and easy training session of around 30 minutes.

The District 3 staff are now using Grievance Manager, and will be gradually rolling it out to their locals to enter sample sets of grievances representing various processing scenarios and obtaining feedback.

District Staff will be working with locals to determine whether procedures met local requirements and practices.  Changes were made to the District Standards. According to feedback and other considerations, procedures were modified by Administrators and some newly added inputs were made District Standard.

As the implementation process continued, several changes were made to standardized data inputs as well as the structure of the application.  Knowing all along that the planning process is never perfect, this flexibility was key to making the application achieve its original goals.

Use in The Field

The application has been in use for several months, and has been embraced by District 3.  This is a continuing process, but seems to be going well.  When we asked for comment, Assistant VP Nick Hawkins responded:

“Union Built PC’s Grievance Manager is changing the way we do business in District 3 and enabling us to better serve our members.  I can’t express how wonderful their staff has been in designing a program that is custom built for the specific needs of our District.”

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Union Built PC Announces the new Grievance Manager Tablet UB-2017 10.1” Android 5.1

In today’s connected world, Union Built PC’s new UB-2017 Android Tablet is a perfect, fully customizable solution to enhance mobile workplace efficiency and productivity for International and Local Unions and all those affiliated with them.

Copiague, NY (PHANTOM POWER Marketing) May 17, 2017 – Union Built PC, a fully unionized company specializing in custom computer equipment, hardware, software and other IT solutions specifically for Labor Unions, today announced a new addition to their IT Arsenal for Labor; The Union Built PC UB-2017 – “The Grievance Manager” 10.1” Android 5.1 Tablet.

The UB-2017 features a 10.1 inch 1920 x1200 high definition screen and is designed for optimal mobility while still packing a performance punch. “The Grievance Manager” is a 3G enabled tablet boasts WiFi and Bluetooth for all consumers’ digital connections and is powered by the 5.1 Android operating system; and the MediaTek MTK6592 Octa-Core Processor for speedy performance whether for App usage in the workplace, email, web browsing, multimedia or gaming.

In today’s connected world, the UB-2017 is a perfect solution to enhance mobile workplace efficiency and productivity. Users can download any of the 1 million+ Apps found in the built-in Google Play store that can enrich business capabilities and heighten multimedia features. And customers can have their tablets custom configured so key Apps and Union Built PC’s popular software’s – such as Grievance Manager a fast-becoming Industry Standard for grievance and arbitration management – are built-in and right on the users’ capacitive touch screen.
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“Union Built PC Inc. has launched the UB-2017 in response to our clients requesting a light, powerful Tablet to use at Grievances, Arbitrations and Negotiations that can run our premiere Grievance Manager Software. We have heard the requests from many unions, especially The Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 2-13 and District 3. This is the reason we have named our new Tablet ‘The Grievance Manager,’” says Director of Sales and Operations Pete Marchese.

“As our customers become increasingly active users of our custom configured computers, we are now responding to the needs of the majority who have adopted smart and mobile technologies. The UB-2017 ‘The Grievance Manager’ allows us to offer a device that meets our customers’ on-the-go needs as well as the increased demands of today’s multimedia user,” continues Marchese.

The UB-2017 is also a sleek and powerful option for Unions looking for a device that switches seamlessly from work to entertainment to social media and beyond. The slim and elegant UB-2017 sports dual cameras – 1.3 MP on the front and 2MP with flash on the rear – as well as dual speakers on the back’ perfect for picture taking, uploading and storing photos, video chatting and listening to music. The large and vibrant screen, viewable from all angles, makes for an ideal television and movie viewing experience and is perfection for gamers. The UB-2017 media capabilities are bolstered by BlueRay, 3D and all Android 5.1 supported audio and video formats as well as a built-in eBook Reader. The UB-2017 also offers a number of additions to optimize its performance as a connectivity tool including an IEEEE802.11 b/g/n wireless network and a substantial 5000mAh battery that allows for more than 6 continuous hours of on or off-line work or play.

“We believe that the UB-2017 Tablet will appeal to all Union Members and Officers across the Union marketplace as we’ve aligned ‘The Grievance Manager’ to be highly accessible and flexible to serve multiple applications and budgets,” states Marchese.

The UB-2017 supports all of the major frequencies in the United States, Europe and Asia – 850, 1900, 2100mhz and like all Union Built PC products feature a 1 year factory warranty.

Union Built PC’s new UB-2017 – The Grievance Manager – Android 5.1 Tablet is available now for purchase and custom configuration at a special introductory price of $199.00. Discounts on large orders and packages are also available.

You can shop the UB-2017 and inquire about customization by visiting the Union Built PC UB-2017 webpage or email sales@unionbuiltpc.com or calling (877) 728-6466.

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About Union Built PC Inc.

Union Built PC Inc. has been serving the IT needs of Labor since 2001. Union Built PC’s mission is to “organize” Labor and help them “excel in everything they do.” Union Built PC believes their success is based on products and services that have been developed by Union Members and customized to meet the specific needs of their Union clientele. That’s why every member of the Union Built PC team is a Union Member.

Offering the most innovative technologies such as their new UB-2017 – “The Grievance Manager” – Android Tablet, Union Built Desktops, notebooks, servers, and their popular and powerful Grievance Manager Application, custom software that allows Labor Unions to manage the grievance process from start through arbitration plus Software to automate the Negotiating process; Union Built PC has singularly provided cutting edge IT innovations for Labor which focuses on the unique needs of International and Local Unions and the organizations affiliated with them.

Some Words of Wisdom About Filing A Grievance

All grievance procedures require going through a series of steps, with the contract itself identifying when each step is to take place, what precisely is to occur, and who may or must be involve at each stage of the process. Generally, the procedures get more formal as you go through each of the steps. Some grievances are resolved successfully at the earlier stages of the process, while others are not pursued past a certain point for a variety of reasons. Before we take a look at what the steps of the grievance procedure looks like, here are a few notes of caution.

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First, read through the grievance procedures contained in your collective bargaining agreement. Some of it may look like fairly technical stuff. You’ll probably find requirements as to the format that must be followed in writing up grievances the rules for who receives certain grievance filings, calculation of time frames for processing a grievance (such as the difference between “working days” and “calendar days”), etc. Don’t be intimidate by any of this; your Union Steward has received training in how to process grievances and has additional help to call on if needed. The best advice? Try not to wing it on your own! As soon as something happens that you thin might properly be challenged through the grievance procedure, consult your Steward.

Second, you are to be commended if you familiarize yourself with the provisions of your contract. But don’t automatically assume that, because of what looks like plain language in the contract, there is nothing that can be done to deal with a workplace problem that you have. Sometimes event he plain English in a contract doesn’t mean what it says (or, as the question was put by the Marx Brothers, “Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”). For example, you may be able to count well enough for it to seem completely clear that too many days have gone by since a particular event occurred for you to meet the time frame set forth in the contract for initiating a grievance. But it’s worth at least consulting with your Steward, since you may learn that there are sometimes unwritten exceptions even to such seemingly clear-cut provisions, such as the grievance time clock stopping for holidays. Or you may learn that there are other mechanisms, besides the grievance procedure, that can be used to address the problem.

Third, don’t make the mistake of assuming that it would be useless to pursue a grievance because you think you’d never be able to get enough evidence to prove your case.

RELATED: 4 Not-So-Obvious Reasons Why Grievances Are Valuable in the Union Workplace

The fact is, both your contract and the law probably give your union the right to obtain vast quantities of documents and other information from your employer, if that information is needed to evaluate a potential or pending grievance. So if proof of your grievance over unfair treatment lies in determining how your employer has dealt with co-workers under circumstances similar to yours, your union will probably be able to get hold of the relevant personnel records.

Finally, before just about any workplace complaint is put into writing, an attempt should be made to work through the problem at the lowest level. Even if your contract’s grievance procedure doesn’t specifically call for an informal oral step to start out with, you and/or your Union Steward should talk to a supervisor in an attempt to clear up any misunderstandings or to resolve any disagreement. This is almost always a good idea, in part because once a complaint is committed to writing, parties’ positions tend to harden. And even if an informal attempt to address a problem does not in fact resolve it, it generally has the beneficial effect of clarifying what the problem is and how the parties may see it differently.

YOUR TURN

Even when keeping these items of caution in mind, sometimes informal attempts don’t work. And it’s time to put something in writing. Have you initiated or filed a grievance in your workplace? What words of caution do you have to add to our list? We want to hear from you! Sound off on the Union Built PC Facebook Page or on our Twitter or LinkedIn feeds. And don’t forget to subscribe to the monthly #UnionStrong email newsletter for articles like this one delivered straight to your inbox.

4 Not-So-Obvious Reasons Why Grievances Are Valuable in the Union Workplace

Virtually every union contract contains a grievance/arbitration procedure, which is the way the union and the employer tackle disagreements about workplace rights covered by the contract.  Filing a grievance is the equivalent of starting a lawsuit: you put in writing what you believe another party has done that is contrary to the law, and what action will be necessary to correct the situation.  If after going through a series of procedural steps the dispute is not resolved, ten the last step of the grievance process – arbitration – is the equivalent of appearing before a judge to argue the case out and obtain a final resolution, one way or the other.

Why Grieve?

The natural inclination is to think about pursuing a grievance only if it looks like it has a reasonably good chance of coming up a winner.  Why file a grievance in the first place, unless your union is determined to take the case all the way to arbitration if the employer doesn’t back down?

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There may be lots of good reasons for a union to file a grievance that doesn’t expect to “win.”

1. Fire a Warning Shot
There are times when it doesn’t make sense to think about fighting the employer to the death on a particular action.  It may just not be worth it to arbitrate a relatively minor erosion of existing working conditions, or what looks like a one-time event.  At the same time, rather than do nothing, a group grievance could serve to put the employer on notice that its action has not gone unnoticed, and that if it tries the same maneuver again, it may well have a serious fight on its hands.

2. Shine a Light
One of the most frustration experiences in the life of a union representative is to hear and employer say; “That’s just you complaining, none of the people you say you represent even care.”  Sometimes it takes a grievance filed by an employee – or two or three or more – to get the employer to acknowledge that a particular problem is real and needs to be addressed.

3. Build a Record
One not entirely humorous definition of paranoia is “a heightened appreciation of reality.”  Sometimes it’s hard to know where to draw a line between an isolated memo taking you to task for something and the first deadly serious shot in your supervisor’s war against you.  If there may be a suspension or termination action looming in your future, sometimes the wisest course of action is to begin to build a written record in your defense right away.

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4. Forge Employee Unity
It may well be that, for one reason or another, an immediate practical resolution of a particular problem may not be in the cards.  But a grievance – particularly a group grievance – might be just what is needed to start building solidarity among those wronged by a particular supervisor or policy.  If you and others can organize and take a small action, like filing a grievance, this may be the first step toward you and your co-workers later doing whatever it takes to fight – and win on this or a bigger issue.

RELATED: Automate Your Grievance and Arbitration Management Process

YOUR TURN

How have you used your right to file Grievances in the workplace?  What experiences can you share with other Union members?  We want to hear from you… sound off on the Union Built PC Facebook Page or on our Twitter or LinkedIn feeds.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the monthly #UnionStrong email newsletter for articles like this one delivered straight to your inbox.

Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Has A Serious Problem

There’s the thing about Windows 10; you give up control. Control over updates and control over privacy, but Microsoft has finally admitted the latter is a serious problem and is taking action…

In a blog post Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, said the words millions have been waiting to hear:

“Many of you have asked for more control over your data, a greater understanding of how data is collected, and the benefits this brings for a more personalized experience. Based on your feedback, we are launching two new experiences to help ensure you are in control of your privacy.”

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Arguably even more important, however, are two changes being made to the Windows 10 Creators Update when it is released in the next few months (and yes, it’s still a stupid name – ‘Windows 10.2’ would be fine!).

1. Overhauled Privacy Settings On Install/Update
Say goodbye to the rubbish ‘Express Settings’ screen on first install, with the Windows 10 Creators Update you’ll get clear but simply worded explanations and toggle switches. Users upgrading to the Creators Update will also be prompted to use after updating.

2. Simplified Diagnostic Data
More detail is needed here before judging the benefits but three collections levels are being cut down to just two: ‘Basic’ and ‘Full’. Basic will have only “data that is vital to the operation of Windows” which Microsoft defines are central to “keep Windows and apps secure, up-to-date, and running properly”.

Again you’ll be prompted to review your choice after installing the Creators Update.

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New Windows 10 ‘Basic’ privacy settings deliver more user control
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Why So Long? And New Questions On The Horizon

It is said the first step towards admitting you have a problem is admitting you have a problem. But Microsoft has skipped this by both (finally) admitting its problem and coming up with some solutions in a single step. That’s commendable, though we’d prefer to have had an admission much earlier and a “We’re working on it!” message.

On top of this, the Creators Update looks set to raise as many questions as it answers due to something it will add called ‘Dynamic Lock’. This uses your PC’s web camera to monitor when you are sat in front of it so it can be automatically locked when you step away. Users will be able to disable Dynamic Lock, which solves my concerns, but it is likely to start a whole new wave of conspiracy theories.

Furthermore, Microsoft must still address the issue of control over Windows 10 updates. The Creators Update introduces the option to delay the installation of non-security updates for up to 35 days, but only Windows 10 Professional, Education and Enterprise versions qualify.

This means Microsoft recognizes users’ need for control but the company continues to treat mainstream Windows 10 Home users as guinea pigs for the stability of new updates before they are provided to big business. That needs to stop and users of all versions deserve the right to have control over their PCs, should they want it.

Despite all this, it is clear Microsoft is making significant steps in the right direction with Windows 10. It just shouldn’t have taken so many obviously wrong ones in the first place.

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