Feb. 4 - Saturday
9AM - 2PM
Manchester Community College
9am: Check In, Breakfast and History Celebration Gallery Walk
9:45-10:45: Opening Panel: Organizing and Building Labor Power in Higher Education and Beyond
Why is organizing and building power crucial for our success as a union? Panelists will share strategies and success stories of union campaigns in higher education and beyond that have exercised their union rights to build power.
Rob Baril, President SEIU 1199 New England
Chaz Carroll, Higher Ed Internal Lead Organizer, SEIU 509 (Boston)
Chadwick Gasman, Senior Organizer, SEIU Local 500 (Maryland)
Moderated by Norma Hosang-Martinez, Project Director, Recovery For All Connecticut
10:50-11:35: Morning Workshops
- Unions 101: Union Basics
Facilitators of the workshop will introduce the concepts of unionism. This workshop is a good choice for leaders, activists, and long-time employees.
- Community College Contract Rights
Facilitators of this workshop will explain the process and procedures for promotion, tenure, sabbatical leave, and professional development. Members will have time to ask general questions following the presentation. This workshop is excellent for members that are new to the community colleges.
- Organizing for Students/Community and the Common Good
Graduate unions in Connecticut will report on their current campaigns, including the Yale graduate students recent unionizing win and the UConn graduate students organizing against a fee increase. This workshop is a good choice for students and any employees looking to form a union at their workplace. This workshop is an excellent choice for any part-timer, whether you work at a community college or a private institution; and whether you teach or not.
- 4Cs History and Recognition
12:40-1:25: Afternoon Workshops
- Unions 102: Mobilization & Engagement
Facilitators, including long-time organizer, Edgar Aracena, and Fordham professor Diane George, will build on skills introduced in Unions 101 with practice organizing conversations. You do not have to attend Unions 101 to attend the 102, but it is encouraged. This workshop is a good choice for leaders, activists, department chairs, program coordinators, and long-time employees that are required to engage co-workers for union or college work.
- Legislative Advocacy for Workers and Community
Our 4Cs Legislative Agenda is created with the students we serve top of mind. In this legislative session, we will be asking for an investment in the community college system and public higher education. How can we win this? Our panel features Lydia Wood, Executive Director of The Western Massachusetts Area Labor Federation who helped pass the Massachusetts Fair Share Amendment - a millionaire’s tax and dedicated funding to higher education; Puya Gerami from Recovery For All, a statewide coalition of community, labor, and faith organizations united in a long-term mission to eliminate systemic inequalities and rebuild a better Connecticut; and the SEIU State Council Director, Kooper Caraway. This workshop is for any member or student that is interested in building legislative power.
- Building Power for Adjunct Faculty and Part-Time Workers
It’s time to win big demands for our part-time workforce! We will talk about what we want and how to win it with a facilitator from SEIU Local 509, which represents adjunct faculty and graduate students at Bentley University, Boston University, Brandeis University, Lesley University, Northeastern University, and Tufts University. This workshop is open to everyone.
1:30-1:45: Closing and Next Steps