2019 Michigan School for Women Workers

2019 Michigan School for Women Workers

April 11-3, UM-D Fairlane Center North Building, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI, 48126

The Michigan School for Women Workers 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.

Brochure is available here.

Draft agenda is here.


1. WOMEN IN LABOR HISTORY: Come celebrate our sisters that paved the way for workplace fairness.  Be inspired to join the next vanguard of leaders!  

2. SEXUAL HARASSMENT & BULLYING: What happens when harassment and bullying enters the shop? Get to know the warning signs, proper response, and possible solutions.

3. DIVERSITY: IMPLICIT & HIDDEN BIAS: Solidarity means transcending our differences, and finding strength in our diverse backgrounds. Class members will be given tools to deal with micro-aggression, lateral violence, and learn how to build solidarity in a diverse workplace.

4. BASIC UNION SKILLS: Become an activist! This course informs and educates participants on how to get involved and how to successfully build unity in your membership.

5. STEWARDS AND COMMITTEEPERSON TRAINING: A workshop designed for front-line union representatives and activists. Basic skills, such as writing grievances, holding hearings, and winning justice for our members.

6. LOCAL UNION ADMINISTRATION: This class will cover the rules and regulations governing a union, including federal laws, fiduciary responsibilities, elections and committee work.

7. PRINT & SOCIAL MEDIA: This class teaches modern methods to inform members, combining traditional printed materials as well as social media. You will learn how to create a Facebookpage, newsletters and journals, etc.

8. PUBLIC SPEAKING: Get up and speak up! If you want to become active in your union, you have to find your voice. Learn to put together a brief speech, one that will move your listenersand get attention in a good way.

9. FINANCIAL PLANNING: How much money are you going to need to retire? When can you afford to retire? What will it take to meet those goals? Come plan your financial future.


Registration form is available here. Mail completed form with payment to the Center using the directions on the form.  You can also use the online registration form here.

COST is $600 ($540 tuition, $60 mandatory meal fee). Please register and pay by March 28, 2019. If we receive the full $600 payment by that date, you are eligible for the Express Lane—a shorter wait in line to check in. Mandatory meal payment covers 2 full breakfasts and 2 lunches; evening meals are on your own. Tuition Assistance (TAP) programs cover tuition portion, but not meals. If using TAP, apply for $540 tuition; you or your workplace include the $60 meal payment with your registration.

TIMES AND DATES First check-in is Thursday, April 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. A welcome program runs from 7 - 9 pm at the Fairlane Club adjacent to the UM-D’s Fairlane Center. There is a 2nd check-in period from 7:30-8:45 am Friday, April 12. Program begins at 9am; workshops follow and run until 5:00 pm Friday, and from 8 am until 5:00pm Saturday, April 13.

PLACE The conference will be held at the UM-D’s Fairlane Center North, at 19000 Hubbard Road, Dearborn, MI 48126.  Parking is free in the North Lot at the far end of the Fairlane.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Rooms are available at the Courtyard by Marriott at 5200 Mercury Drive in Dearborn for $98.00 per night plus tax, single or double.  Call 313-271-1400 to make reservations. Be sure to mention the University of Michigan for the special rate.

CANCELLATION/REFUND The last date to withdraw at no cost is Thursday, April 4. To be valid, cancellations must be emailed to LaborStudiesReg@umich.edu. Registrants who do not cancel by the deadline or fail to attend owe full payment of $600.00.

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

CLCS Phone:  313-583-6400  EMAIL: LaborStudiesReg@umich.edu    FAX: 313-583-6430