The Michigan State AFL-CIO Community Services School, co-sponsored by the Michigan Association of United Ways, will be held beginning on Monday, May 11 and conclude on Friday, May 15, 2014 at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, located in Onaway, MI.
This year’s program will feature the following classroom instruction as part of the overall agenda:
- The United Way ALICE Project
- Financial Stability
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Engaging a New Generation of Union Members
- Basic & Advanced Community Services Committee Member Training
In addition there will be general Sessions focusing on
- Family in the Workplace
- Common Sense Economics
- Keynote Speaker Charles Kernaghan
The registration fee of $495 covers lodging, meals and all classroom materials. To receive the early registration fee please register by April 10, 2015. Registrations received after April 10 are subject to an additional $50 late registration fee.
Here is a copy of the registration form:
Michigan AFL-CIO Community Services School
USW Women of Steel Lobby Day
Women of Steel engage legislators to discuss road funding in Michigan.
On May 20, 2014 women from the United Steel Workers Union assembled in Lansing to meet with legislators
Women of Steel
to discuss road funding in Michigan. The day began with an informative training to prepare the women to speak with elected officials. The group of about ten steel workers were greeted by State Representative Dian Slavens where she informed them of how imperative it is to fix the roads in Michigan.
“I want make sure we’re investing in our roads. So many folks are losing tires and having to pay a lot more on their cars,” Slavens said. “In addition, the safety issue is huge with the number of accidents due to these potholes. So we need to make sure that we’re investing in our roads, that $1.8 billion per year, and not just putting a band-aid on the problem.”
Later in the day the activist headed over to the state capital building to sit down with their state representatives. The Steel Workers wanted to let the representatives to know that road funding needs to be a priority.
“I’m here today to talk to our representatives about our infrastructure and fixing our roads. The roads are really bad where I live,” said Jackie Anklam of USW Local 9899. “There are roads blocked off because you can’t get through them, bridges being shut down, and people have to re-route to get to work meaning it takes longer to get to work. So we’re here today hoping they’ll listen to us, and pass the funding to get our roads fixed and put our people back to work,” Anklam added.
Through the course of the visit the women of steel got an opportunity to speak with legislators including:
- Rep. Joel Johnson
- Rep. Sarah Roberts
- Rep. Ben Glardon
- Sen. Vincent Gregory
- Sen. Steve Bieda
- Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes
- Sen. Roger Kahn
- Sen. Mike Green
- Rep. Charles Brunner
- Rep. Jim Stamas
We would like to thank the SteelWorkers and the members that participated in today’s lobby day.
When we organize we WIN!
The Huron Valley Central Labor council got an early start on organizing activities this electoral cycle. When a transportation millage was put on the ballot for the May 6th election the Huron Valley Central Labor council saw this as an opportunity to engage it’s members about an issue that would have great benefits including more jobs for the region.
We would like to thank all of the labor and community groups that helped make this victory possible:
- Michigan AFL-CIO
- Transportation Workers United
- Michigan Nurses Association
- United Auto Workers
- Lecturer Employee Organization (LEO)
- Graduate Employee Organization (GEO)
- Iron Workers
- Working America
- State Representative Jeff Irwin
- Washtenaw Community Action Team (WCAT)
- Eastern Michigan University Federation of Teachers
Together the Huron Valley Central Labor Council hosted 4 phone banks a weekend GOTV operation, emailed thousands of activist and mailed to all labor households in the district.
Congratulations to all of the members of the Huron Valley Central Labor Council.
For more information on the Huron Valley Central Labor Council please visit the facebook page: www.facebook.com/huronvalleyclc.
If you have any organizing stories that you want to share on the Michigan AFL-CIO blog please contact digital organizer Kristopher Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org
When we get down to brass tacks, union members are community members first. A commitment to community service strengthens our neighborhoods and our society, as well as our labor movement.
Towards that end, the Michigan State AFL-CIO Community Services School, co-sponsored by the Michigan Association of United Ways, will be held beginning on SUNDAY, April 13 and conclude on THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, located in Onaway , MI.
Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to network with other volunteers, develop your skills, and learn about organizations that are making a difference by registering today. Print and return the form below by March 10 to avoid an additional late fee.