Regional Education Conferences are Off and Running
In late April and mid-May, UWUA members and officers attended Regions V and I’s Educational Conferences in California and New Jersey respectively. With two more regional conferences slated for 2018, the National Union is well on the way toward meeting its goal of educating, activating and mobilizing its members and engaging with them at the local level.
The Regional Educational Conferences are part and parcel of the UWUA’s commitment to providing local union officers and members with the training and support they need to become effective advocates for themselves and their fellow workers.
This year’s theme is “Repower” and members are showing up in force to take advantage of learning opportunities and building UWUA power.
Intensive educational workshops include: “Understanding & Exercising Our Rights,” “Effective Contract Campaign Planning,” and “Offensive Bargaining.” The conferences feature notable speakers and public figures in the labor movement and electoral politics. A discussion session where members share information about what’s happening in their locals and engage in dialogue with National Officers is particularly popular. The gatherings also give members an opportunity to share information, build relationships, and make plans to strengthen their union.
As The Utility Worker goes to press, Regions II & III are preparing to attend their conference in Pittsburgh, PA, with the Region IV conference scheduled for August 16-18 in St. Louis, MO.