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Workforce development labor reps to convene on May 12

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is co-hosting a convening of labor representatives serving on workforce boards throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. It will be Friday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at IAFF Local 452, 2807 NW Fruit Valley Road. An optional Networking Reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at the Vancouver Hilton, 301 W. 6th St. (Download/share the event flier.)

This conference, co-hosted with the Oregon AFL-CIO and Idaho AFL-CIO, is a unique opportunity for current and future labor representatives on Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Boards and Washington’s 12 Workforce Development Councils — and for Central Labor Council leaders — to learn about best practices for helping people obtain and succeed in family-wage jobs.

Joined by the Working for America Institute (the Workforce and Economic Development arm of the national AFL-CIO) and a keynote address from Stuart Bass, Executive Director of the Keystone Development Partnership (Pennsylvania AFL-CIO) and labor champions from our three states, topics will include:

  • Strengthening labor’s voice across national, state and local platforms
  • Engaging apprenticeship in the workforce system
  • Tools for board members
  • Advancing opportunities – “all means all”

Click here to register. The registration fee is $50, payable online via PayPal (to WSLC Accounting Manager Carlos de la Torre.) You can also pay by phone by calling Caitlyn Jekel at 360-705-9469 or by mail to WSLC, 906 Columbia St. SW #330, Olympia, WA. 98501. Also, reserve a room at the Hilton at the group rate ($169).

All local board members are strongly encouraged to attend and to reach out to their board’s director to inquire about professional development funds to offset the costs.

For more information, email Caitlyn Jekel or call 360-705-9469, or email Bill Messenger or call 360-357-8736.

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