2019 Black Men in Unions Institute

Where We Go From Here! 
FEBRUARY 21-24, 2019

Founded in 1986, the Black Men in Unions Institute invites all workers, union or non-union, and activists from allied organizations to share ideas and grow skills for responding to the challenges facing working persons. We welcome participants from all genders and all cultural or ethnic backgrounds.  This year's conference will be held at the Fairlane Club and Fairlane Center.


Two sections, according to age (1A 8- 12, 1B 13-16). Meets Saturday only. Cost $50 per student.

2. CONTRACT LANGUAGE The CBA is the ‘constitution’ of the shop. Learn how to interpret clauses and draft rules that govern the work environment.

We are a strong nation because we are diverse. Learn how that truism can be used to build stronger bonds with our brothers and sisters in a diverse work setting.

4. EMPLOYMENT LAW & FMLA Map the landscape of workplace rights with a focus on understanding and utilizing the Family Medical Leave Act.

5. BUILDING SOLIDARITY The foundation of any union is solidarity. Explore the central sociological and psychological elements of building unity.

We all dream of quitting the grind and enjoying life someday. Here’s how to plan for a comfortable retirement.

7. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE Point of Order? Privileged Motion? Come learn the basics of parliamentary procedure and how to shape the outcome of union meetings.

8. MALE-FEMALE COMMUNICATIONS #MeToo, #HeToo. Be a positive part of this movement by knowing how to identify and address gender discrimination and harass- ment. How should we talk and relate to other genders? Let's discuss.

Celebrate the work of our past heroes and trailblazers of today.

10. BASIC GRIEVANCE HANDLING One must know the form and merits of a good grievance in order to win justice and equity through the grievance system for members.

11. ELECTRONIC AND PRINT MEDIA Learn how to use the tools of social & print media to build membership unity.

What can be done at the local level about global labor issues? Plenty. Get involved. WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND ACTIONS Activism is on the rise! Learn where and how and how to participate 

13. WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND ACTIONS Activism is on the rise! Learn where and how and how to participate.


REGISTRATION: Download the 2019 BMIU registration form here. You may fax form to 313.583.6430, scan form as an attachment or send phone photo to clcs.info@umd.umich.edu; or use US mail (Center for Labor and Community Studies, Fairlane Center North, Rm 257, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126). You can
Register Online Here. Please register and pay by February 7, 2019. If we receive the full $640 payment by that date, you are eligible for the Express Lane—a shorter wait in line to check in.


COST: is $640 ($560 tuition, $80 mandatory meal fee). Mandatory meal payment includes 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches; evening meals are on your own. Tuition Assistance Programs (TAPs) cover the tuition portion, but not meals. If using TAP, apply for $560 tuition; you or your workplace must include the $80 meal payment with your registration (or mail separately as soon as registering online).

TIMES AND DATES: First check-in is Thursday, February 21, from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Fairlane Club. The Opening Session is 7:00pm to 9:00pm. There is also check-in at the Fairlane Club from 7:30 to 9:00am Friday, February 22. Workshops run 8:00am to 5:00pm Friday & Saturday.

PLACE: General assemblies are at the Fairlane Club. Classes are held at the UM’s Fairlane Center at 19000 Hubbard Road, Dearborn, Michigan 48126. The Fairlane Club and Fairlane Center are connected by hallways.

HOTEL: You may reserve a room at either the Edward Hotel at $109 per night (313-592-3622) or the Westin Hotel Southfield at $112 per night (844-300-2566). Mention BMIU for these rates. Please note hotel cancellation deadlines. You will be charged one night’s stay if you fail to cancel by the hotel’s deadline.

CANCELLATION/REFUND: The last date to cancel the event at no cost is Thursday, February 14. To be valid, cancellations must be called in to CLCS at 313-583-6400. Registrants who do not cancel by the deadline or No-Show owe full payment of $640.00.

Limited number of partial scholarships available - Download the application Here or call us.