Local 528 – Council 94 – AFSCME

Roosevelt Hall Kingston, R.I. 02881

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Hi Everyone-
It’s been a little while, but I haven’t forgotten about our group I have been busy laying ground work for our group and the upcoming elections.
I did want to share a few things that might interest you:
1. Young Worker Leadership Institute- August 5-9 in Ohio. We have been offered 2 spots at this exciting conference to train and connect young union leaders from across the country. Everything will be taken care of you just have to get yourself to the airport. If you are interested sign-up here http://goo.gl/forms/IZ85CW3gMDCXz9eJ2 

The YWLI is an advanced training that builds the labor movement by investing in young labor activists. The curriculum prepares young union members to build and help lead policy, organizing and political campaigns in their communities and through our Young Worker Advisory Council.


·         Developing Young Workers as Leaders

o   A key element to creating long lasting and impactful young worker groups is investing in personal development of young working people. These sessions will focus on how to have effective one on one conversations, developing a vision, leading without holding an elected position and better understanding the purpose, program, process and politics of leading a young worker group.


·         Moving Young Worker Groups to Action

o   Starting a group can be daunting but figuring out what to do next can be an even bigger challenge. These sessions focus on how to strategize to improve the effectiveness of their young worker group and participate in and host actions, events and campaigns, with a focus on the 2016 elections, that engage young workers and move them to action.


·         Transforming Young Worker Groups

o   As part of the New Majority, young people be the change they want to see. This means being intentional about working with AFL-CIO Central Labor bodies and holding inclusive spaces for people of color, women, LGBTQ, immigrants, etc.


·         Activating Young People for the 2016 Elections

o   The 2016 elections are key to ensuring we change an economy that is out of balance. Participants will lead put the skills learned in the prior days into direct action through a canvass where participants will talk about the issues with voters in Ohio, and through a Youth Town Hall to lift up the issues that matter to young people.

2. I have been working to set up a new Working America project at the RI AFL-CIO that I think we can get involved in as a Young Worker group. Working America is a program run by the AFL-CIO to go out into the community to organize the unorganized and give them a voice in political debate and make change in their communities. Find out more here- http://workingamerica.org
We are going to be canvassing in targeted districts this summer talking to people to find out what issues most impact their lives. If you want to get involved let me know.
3. It is time we have our first official event- I was thinking of a combination happy hour/panel discussion at a bar or restaurant to bring people together. My initial idea was something focused on financial literacy or the state of unions in RI with the IBEW workers who were on strike against Verizon. Let me know what you think.
Share with anyone you think might be interested.
Enjoy the 4th!

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