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Lead Organizer Training

Lead Organizer Training
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2018 Dates TBD

The coming years will be challenging for labor and community groups. Labor unions and community organizations need the space to reflect, regroup, and strategize on ways to help empower workers and community members for the important work ahead. Unions and community groups will need strong and skilled leadership teams to tackle both the expected and the unanticipated challenges they, their constituents, and their larger communities will face.

Join us for our Lead Organizer Training on December 5-7, 2017 to address the challenges. Topics we will cover include:

  • Organizing 101: Working with Young Members and Staff Leaders
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Development and Team Performance
  • Lead Organizer Self-Assessment
  • Community and Labor Coalition Building
  • Healthy Work and Life Habits
  • De-Stress Exercises

This workshop is offered to individuals in union and community-based organizations who are new leads or those who will be assigned lead positions in 2018. Groups entering contract bargaining, conducting campaigns, or undertaking issue-oriented activities during 2018 should consider sending their lead organizers to this training.


“The diverse group of people that I met were from many different industries and backgrounds. We all shared many common interests, goals and challenges. Developing and implementing a plan to develop our Stewards is crucial for the future of the organization; they are the bench. The Stewards must be able to deliver our message. It is important to the organization to organize outwardly from within. It makes the entire organization stronger.”

– Tracy Kelley, Teamsters Local 853

“Through this training, my confidence as a lead and a supervisor grew. I gained skills about providing the right kind of support for each situation and about integrating leadership development into the day-to-day campaign work.”

– Kate O’Hara, Executive Director of East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)

The three-day training will be facilitated by UC Berkeley Adjunct Labor Specialist Maria L. Abadesco and Patricia Contreras Flores, Community Advocate Coordinator with East Oakland Building Healthy Communities.

Tuesday-Thursday, December 5-7, 2017

UC Berkeley Labor Center
2521 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA

Application deadline: Friday, November 3, 2017
Maximum 20 participants

Registration fee
Unions: $400
Community Organizations: $275

Cost includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and printed and online materials.
Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the program before receiving payment due date and details.

For more information please contact:
Maria Abadesco, Adjunct Labor Specialist, 707-494-2461,


Alicia Flores, Program Coordinator, 510-643-0910,

The Lead Organizer Training welcomes participation from people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, and gender identities.