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Thursday
Oct
16
2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 9:30am through Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 5:30pm
9:30am through Saturday, October 18 at 5:30pm
2014 Theme: THE NATURE OF WORK While the field of environmental history has provided new horizons within which to situate work and workers, this conference intends to expand those horizons through investigating the multi-fold meanings of "nature" from a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Keynote Speakers Walter Hixson, University of Akron Incorporating the Native World into U.S. Historiography Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University What is Labor History Now? Book Talks Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein, Caring for America Miriam Frank, Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America Charles Hyde, Arsenal of Democracy Kim Nielsen, A Disability History of the United States David Roediger, The Production of Difference Kathi Weeks, The Problem with Work Special Sessions / Roundtables Edda Fields-Black, "New Directions in the History of Atlantic Rice" Michael Honey, "Sharecroppers Troubadour: Labor's Freedom Music" "Academic Contingent Labor" "Detroit Stories: Working in the Shadows of the 'New' Economy" Frithjof Bergmann, "New Work, New Culture"
Tuesday
Apr
1
2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 6:30-9pm
6:30-9pm
This introductory workshop revisits the basic elements of concerted activities under the National Labor Relations Act and examines how these elements influence individual and collective power in the workplace. What can we do? When can we do it? What actions are legal? Which are not? We recommend this workshop for all union activists.
Wednesday
Mar
26
2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 6:30-9pm
6:30-9pm
The law regulating labor-management relationships in the private sector has always been the subject of fierce debate between pro and anti-labor forces. This class will review current trends at the National Labor Relations Board as well as discuss many of the on-going challenges faced by the NLRA.
Saturday
Mar
22
2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 9:30am-noon
9:30am-noon
This workshop is designed for union representatives who are involved with the investigations, processing and presentation of discharge and discipline grievances. The workshop will examine and discuss due process standards commonly applied in a unionized workplace. [Note: This is a shortened version of the six-hour “Discharge and Discipline” workshop].
Wednesday
Mar
19
2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 6-8pm
6-8pm
This workshop will review recent changes to the law and examine the impact of these changes on public employees. Recent years have seen many changes in the law regulating Union-Management relations in the public sector.
Tuesday
Mar
18
2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 6:30-9pm
6:30-9pm
This workshop is a must for union representatives, and is a great education for those who would like to understand more about how grievances are processed. Learn to identify legitimate contract grievances. Practice the "Dos and Don'ts" of effective grievance handling.
Saturday
Feb
22
2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 9:30am-noon
9:30am-noon
This 2.5 hour introductory Workshop reviews the basic legal rights and protections afforded to the Union Representative as well as the skills needed to successfully meet their representational duties. If you are thinking about taking on union responsibilities for the first time, this is a good place to start.
Wednesday
Feb
19
2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:30-9pm
6:30-9pm
In this 2.5 hour Workshop workers will learn who is eligible, what absences are covered under the Act, and what notifications are needed to activate this law’s protections. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in learning more about the FMLA.
Saturday
Feb
15
2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 9am-3pm
9am-3pm
In today’s increasingly inequitable society, job loss can be one of the quickest roads into poverty for American workers. Saving a worker’s livelihood from unjust discipline or discharge is one of the single most important protections a union can provide. Our five-hour, hands-on Discharge and Discipline workshop will provide an in-depth examination of ‘just cause’ principles as well as discuss how those principles are applied in today’s challenging employment environment. This workshop is a must for front-line union representatives, as well as for anyone concerned with the reciprocal responsibilities between workers and management in the unionized sector.
Wednesday
Feb
12
2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 6:30-9pm
6:30-9pm
This 2.5 hour workshop is a must for anyone who wants to learn how to effectively chair a union or small group meeting. Participants will learn the basics of Robert’s Rules of Order and how to apply them.