2009 Winter Leadership Institute

January 23 & 24, 2009 (PAST EVENT)

UM-Dearborn Fairlane Training Bldg North / Dearborn, Michigan

Registration fee: $400 (Tuition: $360, Meals: $40)


01 Basic Stewards' & Committeepersons' Training


Bob Bowen, UAW Local 849 (Retired)

If you are a first-term steward or committeeperson, or if you are considering running for a grievance handling position, this is the workshop for you. Topics include investigating grievances, writing good fact sheets, and dealing with members and management.

02 Parliamentary Procedure


Skip Turner, University of Michigan Labor Studies Center, IRLEE

Unions, corporations, and civic groups all use parliamentary procedure to facilitate the business at hand. Learn all the aspects of how to run a business meeting using

03 Collective Bargaining


Roland Zullo, University of Michigan Labor Studies Center, IRLEE

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.

04 Organizing


Shannon Kirkland, CWA International

Greg Pratt, Michigan Federation of Teachers

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.

05 Health & Safety


Sherrod Elledge, UAW International

This class will cover the strategic use of safety rights to empower workers to build and organize the union. For beginners and veterans, this worker-based approach to safety has the power to educate and mobilize the labor movement.

06 Union Executive Officer Training


Harvey Hawkins Jr., UAW Local 1248

Acquire an in-depth working knowledge of the administration of a local union from experienced union leaders. Learn Do

07 Data Empowerment: A Union Activist's Guide to Using Data


Bruce Pietrykowski, U of M-Dearborn

Learn to find, prepare, and present data. Anyone who may have a need for supporting data will learn techniques to collect, download, and measure data to strengthen your position. This interactive workshop is designed for union leadership but easily understandable for the rank and file.