2009 Black Men in Unions Institute

February 12 - 15, 2009     (PAST EVENT)
Ann Arbor Marriott at Eagle Crest / Ypsilanti, Michigan
Registration fee: $450 (Tuition: $400, Meals: $50)

02  Basic Union Skills
Mark Phillips,AFSCME,City of Detroit (Retired)
Walter Robinson Jr., UAW Local 900
Rodney Mauldin, UAW Local 1248
Experienced instructors help you understand the
difference between a grievance and a complaint.

03  Civil & Human Rights
Thandabantu Iverson, Indiana University
Dennis Serrette, CWA International
Donald Ramirez, UAW Local 889
Explore our changing roles as we work side by side to envision a world free of racism, sexism, classism, and ageism.The issues of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice are examined in an atmosphere of solidarity.

04  Labor Journalism--CANCELED
John Cunningham, UAW Region1
Larry Nash,Wayne County
Richard Green, UAW Local 1700
Discover how to write and edit articles for union publications, press releases, and letters. Explore combining words and art to create appealing flyers.

05  Parliamentary Procedure
Harvey Hawkins Jr., UAW Local 1248
Greg Wynn, CWA Local 4100
Antwuan Riley, UAW Local 892

06  Leadership Training
Elise Bryant, National Labor College
Sam Kirkland, UAW Local 653 (Retired)
Corey Jones, UAW Local 1753
Join this workshop that teaches how to climb the steps necessary for your rise within your organization. Learn to strategize and develop a road to success while minimizing the obstacles you may encounter.

07  Organizing
Shannon Kirkland, CWA District 4
Ron Reese, UAW Local 730
Joe Weeks III, UAW Region 1A
Learn how to mobilize your current membership into a cooperative, cohesive, and active unit. Share examples of tactics that have worked at your local. Help spread the word on the importance of organizing.

08  Male & Female Relationships--FULL
Michael Cross, Workforce, Inc.
Sandy Smith, UAW Local 2145
Michael Alexander, UAW Local 12
Together we will learn how the roots of our African ancestry can help our understanding of who we are as brothers and sisters, men and women, joined in the common struggle of overcoming the double legacy of racism and sexism in America.

09  Getting & Staying Elected--CANCELED
Charles Boulton, UAW Local 1264
Frank Rowser Jr., UAW Local 909
Eric Morrison, UAW Local 900
How to successfully run for office - and how to stay there! Learn campaign and public relations strategies and means of financing; also, discuss ethics and union policies on campaigning.

10  Grievance Handling
Damon Sykes, NALC Branch #1
Gordon Patton, UAW Local 3000
Mack Clay, UAW Local 600
Become an effective grievance handler; learn all
the steps of the grievance procedure and how to
function as an agent for conflict resolution, and
review your duties as an Educator, Organizer,
Negotiator and Counselor.

11  African Americans in Labor History
General Baker, UAW Local 600 (Retired)
Bob Cunningham, UAW Local 900 (Retired)
Mel Brabson, AFSCME Local 542
Join us in celebrating the work and memory of our heroes from the past and trailblazers of today. Examine our history to strengthen our work now and in the future.

12  Collective Bargaining
Ed McNeil, AFSCME Council 25
Billy Bradshaw, UAW Region 1C (Retired)
Anton Conerly, UAW Local 1248
Explore the negotiation process and how to build your package for negotiation, create a win-win situation, and conduct yourself as a negotiator. Learn internal and external factors that contribute to the negotiating climate.

13  Dealing with Addiction--CANCELED
Johnny Leonard, UAW Local 1248
Troy Hynson, UAW Local 228
James Bullock Jr., UAW Local 140
There are many types of addictions. Attend this workshop and learn how to identify, prevent, or cope with addictions of all types; drugs, alcohol, gambling, tobacco, food, sex,
shopping or computers. Recognize the telltale signs of addiction and what to do about them.

14  Get Financially FIT: Financial Investment Training
Jerome Head, UAW Local 3000
Duane Gibson, UAW Local 163

15  Sounds & Songs of Labor--CANCELED
Billy Davis Jr.,UAWLocal 167 (Retired)
Lynn Marie Smith, AFT Michigan
Nicole Charles, PHILAPOSH
Historically, music and song have been an integral part of our lives. Even after we were bound for the New World, loaded on ships as cargo, low key humming could be heard by those on the top deck. Faith has sustained us throughout our earthly
existence and now we will explore the effect of music and song on the world of work.

1A  Youth & Unions (ages 8-12; $50 Saturday-only workshop)
Lisa Morris, UAW Local 1781, BCBSM
Sheila Windom, UAW Local 1781, BCBSM
Calling all brothers and sisters from 8 to 18! This workshop increases your understanding of the changing world of work and what trade unionism can do for you. Friday orientation and Saturday workshop. $50.00 per student covers tuition,
Saturday lunch and breaks, and Sunday breakfast.

1B  Youth & Unions (ages 13-18; $50 Saturday-only workshop)
Donna L. Johnson
Kenyatta Douglas, UAW Local 182
Calling all brothers and sisters from 8 to 18! This workshop increases your understanding of the changing world of work and what trade unionism can do for you. Friday orientation and Saturday workshop. $50.00 per student covers tuition,
Saturday lunch, and Sunday breakfast.