Promoting the General Welfare Annual Conference
Who Should Attend?
- Local union members and their leaders
- Members and leaders of community and faith based organizations
- Faculty and students interested in expanding the boundaries of our democracy
- Professionals in the field of social work
Saturday, March 31, 2018, 8 A.M. - 5 P.M. / University of Nebraska at Omaha - Community Engagement Center (CEC)
General Admission $45; Students $35
Social Work CEUs are available for sessions that meet the critiria of approved continuing education programs for social work and mental health practice.
This conference is limited to the first 120 registered. For a full refund you must cancel your registration by March 23, 2018. Direct questions to 402.554.5901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
19th Annual Promoting the General Welfare Conference ProgramMorning Plenary
Building the Power Needed to Access the American Dream
Pat Kellett, Secretary Treasurer, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)
Samuel Gompers, the first president of the American Federation of Labor, said that labor wants to provide to everyone who sells her or his intelligence, experience, and strength to an employer the “opportunities to cultivate [their] better natures.” Among other things, that means supplying the ladder everyday wage earners use to climb out of poverty and into the middle class. Secretary-Treasurer Kellett will explore what organized labor needs to be do to multiply and strengthen those opportunities.
Workshops - The following three workshops will run 75 minutes each and will be repeated three times during the conference.
How the AFL-CIOs Constituency Groups Are Essential to Organized Labor
Elise Bryant, National President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and Executive Director of the Labor Heritage Foundation
Organized labor represents a diverse and inclusive family of wage earners. Unions know that that they must work to insure that all members have the knowledge and skills needed to move the labor movement forward. Different groups face varying challenges, and Constituency Groups exist to address those challenges and insure full participation in helping make labor movement make the American Dream available to all wage earners.
Sexual Harassment is a Union Issue
John Lodewyck, President of the Elk Grove Village Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 2340
Unions are built on the premise that “united we stand, and divided we fall.” Union members need to understand, in their hearts, that “an injury to one is an injury to ALL.” This workshop is designed to explore how sexual harassment weakens society and, by extension, our local unions. It will also explore “personal interventions” where when you see something, you will say something.
Improving Your Use of Social Media
Amy Livingston, Faculty, University of Minnesota Labor Education Service
Samuel Gompers gave a three-word formula for getting people moving in the same direction: educate, agitate, organize. It all starts with education. Social media provides opportunities for unions and their members to inform and dialogue with others about issues critical to making this a nation with liberty and justice for all. Credibility is critical to having your message heard and believed. This workshop will explore how to have maximum impact from your use of social media.
John Kretzschmar, Director William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies
The adage “knowledge is power” is most true when you put what you have learned to work. John has been a university-based labor educator for 38 years. He understands the importance of sharing what you have learned with others…in ways that others can “hear.” He will work to draw insights from conference participants about what they learned at the conference and ask how we all will put them into action.