The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Minnesota Union Leadership Program, which begins in October. The deadline to apply is July 13.
Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over eight months, participants study the labor movement and discuss how to address the challenges facing unions today.
This program provides the opportunity for emerging and established union leaders to build relationships and network with others. It draws on the diversity of the labor movement and uses a participatory approach to learn from others’ experiences.
This will be the ninth year of the program. Past participants have included union activists, workplace stewards, elected officers and staff.
Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people under the age of 35 are strongly encouraged to apply.
Training is coordinated and led by Labor Education Service staff and draws on experienced and talented speakers from the labor movement and allies in the community.
The program is non-credit, but each participant receives a leadership certificate upon successful completion.
The first two sessions will take place October 17 through October 19, 2018 at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge near Brainerd.
Subsequent sessions will meet on the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis: December 6, 2018; January 31, 2019; March 21, 2019; May 16, 2019.
Topics will include:
- Workers, Unions, Legacy, Lessons
- Workers and the Economy
- Labor and Social Change
- Unions and Workers in the Public Eye
- Building Member Power
- Organizational Change and Leadership.
Tuition is $1,550 and includes lodging for two nights and all meals at Ruttger’s; parking, light breakfast, lunch and snacks for the on-campus sessions; and all materials and program instruction for the program
This program reflects a significant commitment for both the participant and her/his union. Potential participants need to complete an application. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions and must attend a minimum of five sessions in order to successfully complete the program and earn a certificate.
Unions must fill out a statement of support, acknowledging the time and commitment involved for the participant and agreeing to fund the participant’s tuition.
Enrollment will be limited to ensure a high-quality educational experience.
For a brochure and application materials, call 612-624-5020 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minnesota Union Leadership Program is offered by the Labor Education Service in cooperation with the Minnesota AFL-CIO.
The Labor Education Service (LES) at the University of Minnesota is the only educational program in the state focused specifically on the needs of workers and their organizations. Since 1951, LES has provided training to hundreds of unions and thousands of workers. LES also offers a range of media services and video services.