2006 Black Men in Unions Institute

2006 Black Men in Unions Institute

February 23 - 26, 2006 (PAST EVENT)

Marriott Hotel (Renaissance Ctr) / Detroit, Michigan

Registration fee: $450 (Tuition: $400, Meals: $50)


02 Basic Union Skills



Mark Phillips, AFSCME Local 229 (Retired)

Walter Robinson Jr., UAW Local 900

Anton Conerly, UAW Local 1248

Experienced instructors help you understand the difference between a grievance and a complaint. You

03 Organizing



John Cunningham, UAW Local 212

Dennis Serrette, CWA International

Edwin Garey, UAW Local 686

Learn how to mobilize your current membership into a cooperative, cohesive and active unit. Help spread the word on the importance of organizing.

04 Sounds & Faith in Labor



William Davis Jr., UAW Local 167

Darryl Wakefield, UAW Local 594

Lavier Mayers, UAW Local 898

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 effects of music, song, and faith on the world of work.

05 Parliamentary Procedure



Winston Williams Jr., UAW Local 652

Maurice Patterson, IAFF Local 102

Darrin Boynton, UAW Local 723

Point of Order?! Privileged Motion?! Do you find Robert

06 Bridging the Gap: Membership to Leadership



Duane Gibson, UAW Local 163

Rudy Patterson, UAW Local 467

Preston Harris III, UAW Local 849

Join this exciting new workshop that details how to climb the steps necessary for your rise within your organization. Learn to strategize and develop a road map to success while minimizing the obstacles you encounter.

07 Grievance Handling



Gerald Kariem, UAW International

Rudy Roberts, UAW International

Brien Martin, UAW Local 898

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.

08 Male & Female Relationships



Michael Cross, Indiana NAACP

Erica Hill, UAW Region 1A

Hernando Johnson, UAW Local 659

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



Everett "Tony" Totty, UAW Local 1618

Paul Long, Greater Flint AFL-CIO

Curtis Flowers, UAW Local 2000

10 Collective Bargaining

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.

11 African-Americans in Labor History



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.

Ed McNeil, AFSCME Council 25

Bob Cunningham, UAW Local 900 (Retired)

Richard Green, UAW Local 1700



General Baker, UAW Local 600 (Retired)

Willie McKether, Wayne State University

Jimmy Haynes, Laborers' Local 435

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 Dealing with Addiction



Mike Baker, UAW Local 889

Johny Leonard, UAW Local 1248

Harvey Hawkins, UAW Local 1248

There are many types of addiction. 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 tell-tale signs of addiction and what to do about them.

13 Parenting & Youth Relations



Carlos Johnson, Image of Success

Jerome Head, UAW Local 3000

Frank Rowser, UAW Local 909

Does the gap between you and your children seem to get wider? Have your lines of communication been disconnected? Are you at your wits

14 Maximize your Wealth



Cliff Majors, UAW Local 14

Larry Nash, Wayne Co. Clerk's Office

Jeff Moore Jr., UAW Local 685

Get an introduction to the Federal Reserve System; learn how to improve your FICO score and clear up items on your credit report. Understand compound interest; learn how to invest in Real Estate, the Stock Market, and Currency Trading. Determine how sex affects your finances.

15 Cultural Diversity



John Sangster, UAW International

J.D. Gray, UAW International

A. D. Thomas, UAW Local 1155

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.

16 Black Men in Unions Academy



Elise Bryant, National Labor College

Sam Kirkland, UAW Local 653

Shannon Kirkland, CWA International

A five-day intensive workshop for advanced leadership training. Enrollment is limited to 20 people who are experienced union activists and who have previously attended at least 2 Black Men in Unions Institutes. Please call 734.764.0492 or e-mail skimale@umich.edu for an application. $550 registration fee includes $50 for meals. Wednesday-Friday evening meal costs are not included.