2016 Fall Leadership Institute

OCTOBER 28-29, UM-D Fairlane Center North Building, Dearborn, MI


1. Local Union Finances: Income, expenses, auditing, funds, accounts, local union finances can be a confusing array of numbers. This class is designed to help local union financial secretaries, trustees and other officers responsible for tracking the money that flows through a local union.

2. Advanced Grievance Handling: Whether a seasoned pro or brand-new, come to this workshop and dig in. Information requests, writing a proper grievance, and when to settle, everything you need to know to get justice for your coworkers. Designed for participants that want to follow up on Basic Grievance Handling.

3. Collective Bargaining: This class will explore establishing bargaining goals, writing proposals, costing proposals, some legal aspects of bargaining for private-sector unions, and handling ratification.

4. Effective Committees: Most unions have committees where much of the important work gets done. Community Services, Civil and Human Rights, Veterans and Conservation/Recreation Committees do important work within our union. This class will help your committees set SMART goals, recruit volunteers, organize events and carry on the work of the union.

5. Parliamentary Procedure: Remember your first meeting? Yeah, we were confused, too. This class will put you in front, running a meeting like a (Par) pro. Come and get the knowledge and experience you need to lead and participate in a democratically run meeting.


Download the file for the registration form at the bottom of this page. Mail completed form with payment to the Center using the directions on the form.

REGISTRATION cost is $500.00. Registration and payment should reach us by October 14, 2016. Ford, Chrysler, and GM E/TAP programs are active and cover most of the cost. If using Tuition Assistance, apply for $500.00 tuition; you or your local union must include the $60 meal payment with your registration (meal payment is mandatory for all registrants). LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: CALL 313-583-6400 for an application.

TIME AND DATES: Check-in is Friday, October 28, 2016, from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. The program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. Friday and ends at about 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16. Evening meals are on your own.

PLACE: All workshops and general sessions are held at the Fairlane Center, North Building, part of the University of Michigan–Dearborn campus, at 19000 Hubbard Road, Dearborn, 48126. A letter of confirmation and a tentative agenda will be sent upon receipt of your registration form and payment.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the Edwards Hotel (formerly the Hyatt Regency) for $109.00 per night + tax. You must confirm and pay for your own reservations. Call 313-592-3622 and mention the Fall Leadership Institute to ensure the group rate. Cut-off date for hotel room reservations is Friday, October 14, 2016. After that, reservations will be accepted based on room availability; the special rate may not apply.

CANCELLATION/REFUND: Last date to withdraw for refund is Friday, October 30, 2015. Please note: to be valid, registrants must call CLCS (313-583-6400) and get a cancellation code from Center staff. Also, no-shows or late cancellations must pay full price; you will be charged unless you call us by 10/30/15 and get a cancellation code.

The 2016 Fall Leadership Institute is open to all workers, union or non-union members and leaders from a variety of organizations to learn together about new ideas, strategies and skills to meet the needs and challenges facing workers in our ever-changing workplaces. We welcome participants from all cultural or ethnic backgrounds and genders.