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Summer Institute on Union Women 2018

Summer Institute on Union Women 2018

July 10-14, 2018


Next summer the UC Berkeley Labor Center will host the 37th annual western regional Summer Institute on Union Women (SIUW) from July 10-14, 2018 at Sonoma State University. SIUW brings together dynamic activists from unions, worker centers and community organizations in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, British Columbia, and abroad for 4 days to develop and deepen organizing skills, to learn how to become a leader in their union, and to take on issues that concern women in the labor movement. This is a rare opportunity for rank and file, elected leaders and staff —both cisgender and self-identified women—to grapple with big picture issues that the labor movement is facing as well as how issues affect women in the workplace, the home, and in their communities.

Beyond learning skills, SIUW creates lasting bonds of sisterhood. Experienced leaders serve as mentors and role models, and younger leaders provide fresh perspectives and inspiration. Relationships are built that support women leaders through rough times, and that celebrate the good times, too. Affinity groups provide additional venues for support and connection for women of color, young workers, mothers, those who identify as LGBTQ, and participants with disabilities. Core trainings are held on topics like Strategic Campaign Planning, Pathways to Leadership, and What’s Wrong with the Economy. Workshops are held on subjects such as public speaking, using art to organize, corporate research, balancing work and family, and use of social media in organizing.

Questions about the 2018 Institute should be directed to Karen Orlando, korlando@berkeley.edu, 510-725-7041

The Summer Institute on Union Women is sponsored by the AFL-CIO and the United Association for Labor Education. We welcome participation regardless of race, creed, religion, ethnicity, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or immigrant status.

More information coming soon!