The University of California Berkeley Labor Center will host the 31st Annual Western Regional Summer Institute on Union Women 2012 (SIUW) on July 23-27. Sponsored by the AFL-CIO and the United Association for Labor Education, this is a week at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA, to honor, strengthen, and support women in the labor movement. The theme for this year’s SIUW is “Campaign School for a New Generation,” which captures our commitment to train, mentor, and inspire new leaders in the labor movement.
The Washington State Labor Council’s Women’s Committee is offering four SIUW scholarships covering tuition, room and board provided at the facility, and reasonable travel expenses. No time loss will be paid. Participants must be able to take vacation or union leave. Download an application form, which is due by May 10, 2012, along with a 100-word or less letter from the applicant. For more information, contact Women’s Committee staff liaison, Kairie Pierce, at 360-943-0608.
The SIUW’s core trainings will include Strategic Campaigns, Lead Organizer Development, Bargaining in Today’s Economy, Pathways to Leadership, What’s Wrong with the Economy — and How We Can Fight Back, and Workers’ Rights and Advocacy Skills. In addition, there will be workshops on labor arts and culture, public speaking, organizing for work safety, family leave, election 2012 organizing, and much more!
The Summer Institute on Union Women includes four full days of instruction and panel discussions, with activities over a five-day period, from Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27, 2012. Registration begins at noon on Monday and will be followed by a Welcome Reception from 5 to 8.30 pm. The conference will end after lunch on Friday.
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