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 11, 2017, 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Community Engagement Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska
General Admission $45; Students $35
6 hours Social Work CEUs
This conference is limited to the first 120 registered. For a full refund you must cancel your registration by March 3, 2017. Direct questions to 402.554.5901.
Register online or use this registration form and send, along with payment, to the address listed.
MORNING PLENARY: The Labor Movement of the Future
Esther Lopez, International Secretary-Treasurer, United Food and Commercial Workers
The labor movement exits to remove the barriers on the road to securing a better future for wage earners, their families and the communities in which they live. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union has pioneered organizing the unorganized who are most vulnerable and therefore most easily exploited.
The following three workshops will run 75 minutes each and will be repeated three times during the conference.
Protecting Vulnerable Workers
Alison Dickson, Faculty, University of Illinois Labor Education Program’s Worker Solidarity Program
Labor unions are the ladders that everyday wage earners used to climb out of poverty and into the middle class. Union density is a shadow of what it was during its heyday following WWII. The challenge before all of organized labor is to find ways to organize the most vulnerable workers in our communities in order to provide them with a meaningful voice in improving their quality of life.
Unions: A Pathway to the American Dream
Will Fischer, Executive Director, United Veterans Council AFL-CIO
As a Marine veteran of the war in Iraq, Will personally understands the significant challenges facing veterans after they complete their years of service in our military. The AFL-CIO has created a Union Veterans Council to not only help those veterans who are part of organized labor, but also to help inform other veterans of the possibilities that organized labor has for improving their and their families’ prospects for a middle class life.
Helping Younger Workers Become Difference Makers
Silvia Fabela, Young Worker Coordinator AF L-CIO
Young workers need to understand the story of how today's modern employment relationship was humanized over the years. Sadly, that story is missing from our K-12 education. They are missing why our economy is not working for young people and what they can do to become difference makers both in the workplace and community.
CLOSING PLENARY: Values, Bridges and Message Framing
John Kretzschmar, Director, William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies
John has been focusing on “message framing” for over six years. The lessons about how the human brain processes information reveals there is a scientific basis for “only hearing what you want to hear.” So, given that reality, John has been stressing the importance of creating “values bridges” to your audience in order for meaningful dialogue can take place. He’ll apply those lessons to how to most effectively share the information you received during today’s conference.