UPCOMING EVENTS

The Center for Labor & Community Studies' primary programming is the six flagship conferences that we hold each year. We also hold intermittent symposiums and short courses. Find the dates and descriptions for our upcoming programs below.

This online short course by EHS Specialist B.M. Folks will cover different aspects of safety in the workplace. You'll deep-dive into your rights as a worker to remain safe, the laws and union regulations that pertain to workplace safety, what an unsafe work environment looks like, what to do if you experience harm, including understanding workers compensation and disability rights.   Learn more here.

This comprehensive short course by Greg Drudi will provide participants with a foundation of grievance and arbitration procedures and how employee rights have evolved via legal, contractual, judicial, and political interventions. You'll deep-dive into the grievance machinery and gain knowledge to determine and  justify whether a grievance should proceed to arbitration.   Learn more here.

March 20 - April 24, 2024

This comprehensive short course by Greg Drudi will provide participants with a foundation of grievance and arbitration procedures and how employee rights have evolved via legal, contractual, judicial, and political interventions. You'll deep-dive into the grievance machinery and gain knowledge to determine and  justify whether a grievance should proceed to arbitration.   Learn more here.

Organized and taught by women workers, this is the oldest continuing conference of its kind in the U.S. Yes, men also attend and are encouraged to do so! Workshops range from Women's Rights & History to Union Administration, Understanding FMLA & FLSA, and training for union representatives and leaders.  Learn more here.

This institute focuses particularly on introducing unionism to new workers. To attended, however, you need only be young in spirit! Past courses have included courses on social media as a tool for advocacy, Contract Language & Negotiations, Financial Goals 101, From the Bread Box to the Ballot Box, and courses both on leadership and understanding the fundamentals of workers' rights.  Learn more here.

Our newest conference, Workers Pride, welcomes everyone while drawing instructors, facilitators, and coordinators from the LGBTQ+ community. This conference is for those both within and outside the LGBTQIA+ community -- in fact, our workshops include an LGBTQ+ 101 workshop for allies looking to learn! Past courses have included Legal Rights, What to Do if Threatened for Supporting LGBTQ+ Awareness, Organizing 101, and Health & Family Issues.  Learn more here.

September 2024 (Specific Dates TBD)

With workshops for everyone, this Institute celebrates Latino culture and the immigrant experience. It offers workshops ranging from Latina/o Cultural Immersion and Latino History to What is Organizing, Workplace Safety, and multiple courses on different facets of leadership.  Learn more here.

November 2024 (Specific Dates TBD)

Aimed at both formal and informal leaders, Fall Leadership offers basic and advanced workshops that help participants be effective change leaders in their workplace, union, and community.  Learn more here.

February TBD, 2025

Currently the largest of our conferences, this Thursday-Sunday event allows workers of all backgrounds to build their skills through workshops taught by African-American men of all ages. The conference offers ten different courses, ranging from Basic Unionism, to Diversity and Civil Rights, to Grievance Handing, to Financial Planning.  The conference also has a special Saturday Youth program. Learn more here.