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Building Trades Leadership Academy

Building Trades Leadership Academy

Thursday-Friday, March 26-27, 2020

The UC Berkeley Labor Center two-day Building Trades Organizers’ Forum will feature presentations, open discussion and group participatory exercises for building trades organizers and business representatives.

Topics will include:
  • Economic Trends in Construction Trades
  • Threats and Opportunities in Job Growth
  • Labor/Community Coalition Building
  • Communication Skills: Mentoring Leaders/Public Speaking
  • The Green Economy and Job Opportunities
  • CA. Assembly Bill 2358
  • Leadership Development: Skill Building
  • Round Table Discussion on: childcare, paid family leave, light duty, more

Maria L. Abadesco, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Vince Sugrue, Sheet Metal Workers, Local 104, Political/Public Relations Rep.

Featured Guest Speakers

Scott Littlehale, Research Analyst, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
Carol Zabin, Green Economy Program Director, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Victor Uno, International Representative, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Andreas Cluver, Secretary-Treasurer, Alameda County BTC
Art Shanks, Executive Director, Cypress Mandela Training Center
Meg Vasey, Executive Director, Tradeswomen, Inc. (Pending Confirmation)
Jean Cohen, Political Director, UA Local 393


March 26-27, 2020 | 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM


ZERO NET Energy Center, Alameda Co. JATC Apprenticeship map
14600 Catalina St., Room 114
San Leandro, CA


The two-day training includes materials, a light breakfast and lunch, coffee, beverages, and snacks.

$600 per person

All applicants must complete application.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please email Maria Abadesco at