41st International Convention   ·   July 14-18, 2014

Monday Workshops

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS FOR MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

AFSCME’s Financial Standards Code
Maximum Capacity 825
South Building, Level Four, Room S406 A

This workshop provides an overview of the updates to AFSCME’s Financial Standards Code. Topics to be covered include financial record keeping; records maintenance; recording receipts and expenses of the union; procedures for authorizing and expending funds; supporting documentation for union income and expenses; financial reporting and audits. This workshop is highly recommended for all officers, executive board members and trustees.

The Art of Class War: Strategy for Local Unions*
Maximum Capacity 70
South Building, Level Four, Room S404 A

Better contracts. Safer workplaces. Pro-worker elected officials. Workers’ rights legislation. We can’t win any of these things without a great strategy. In this workshop, you will learn to use the strategy chart, a must-have tool for local union leaders who want to fight and win strategic campaigns. Learn to conduct a power analysis and plan a campaign to win on the issues that matter to you and your coworkers. This workshop is brought to you by the Midwest Academy.

Beating Back Paycheck Deception and Right-to-Work
Maximum Capacity 135
North Building, Level Two, Room N227 B

Do you need a road map to victory in the fight against anti-worker legislation? This workshop will review the methods used to beat back paycheck deception and right-to-work-for-less during the 2014 legislative sessions in Missouri and New Hampshire. The presenters will share media strategies, grassroots and grasstops lobbying efforts, and the campaign plan that helped defeat both measures.

Better Together: How to Survive and Thrive in Coalitions
Maximum Capacity 80
South Building, Level Four, Room S402 A

This workshop features an interactive discussion on how labor organizations can build and maintain strong relationships with their non-labor allies. An experienced organization will share its wisdom on the critical elements and pitfalls of coalition building, with a special focus on electoral work. This workshop is brought to you by America Votes.

Communicating to Win: Strategies that Work in the New Media World
Maximum Capacity 85
North Building, Level Two, Room N230 B

Participants will learn the elements for effective campaign communications planning and implementation. Topics covered include message development, identifying your target audience, setting clear and measurable goals, and more. In addition, we’ll review available digital tools and technology, best practices and resources.

Faith and Labor Partnerships: Organizing to Win Together
Maximum Capacity 215
South Building, Level Four, Room S406 B

This workshop features leaders from three of the top community/faith organizations in the country. We have invited Gamaliel, Interfaith Worker Justice, and the PICO National Network to tell us how labor can work with clergy to win real victories for working people. We’ll also discuss best practices on reaching out to and partnering with the faith networks in our communities.

From Apathy to Activist: How to Activate Coworkers and Build Union Power
Maximum Capacity 55
South Building, Level Four, Room S401 D

How can we fight back against cuts, anti-union politicians and cowardly policy makers? How can we get our coworkers to stand up together? How can we make our union stronger? By activating our coworkers we can fight back and win! In this workshop we will discuss and practice how to effectively move our coworkers to action with one-on-one communication and strategies for motivation.

Get on the VAN-Wagon: Data-Driven Campaigns*
Maximum Capacity 55
South Building, Level Four, Room S403 A

Anyone who has run a local union or a campaign knows how important it is to have a good list. This workshop introduces you to a breakthrough tool for building and maintaining great lists: the AFSCME VAN. The VAN is an outreach database that allows us to track organizing and political conversations with members. You will learn to use the MiniVAN app to collect data, and participate in a hands-on demonstration of how to use data to shape a campaign.

Getting Ready to Run

Maximum Capacity 80
South Building, Level Four, Room S401 B/C

Have you ever thought about running for political office? Are you frustrated with decisions made by politicians and want to see it done better? If you ever wondered if running for office is right for you, this workshop will help you figure it out. We will cover all the tough questions, from qualifications to timing to how to get started.

Growing the Union in Your Backyard: First Steps to Local Union
External Organizing
Maximum Capacity 45   
North Building, Level Two, Room N230 A

Are there people at your worksite who are not represented by a union? Have neighbors or friends asked how to organize a union at their workplaces? Come to this workshop to learn the first steps of external organizing at the local level. We will discuss accretions (bringing unrepresented coworkers into AFSCME) and how to respond to leads from other non-union workers. You will learn the key questions to ask and factors to consider when you have a local organizing opportunity.

Labor History for Labor Activists*   
Maximum Capacity 175
North Building, Level Two, Room N228

We must know where we came from to know where we are going. Join this multi-media workshop to learn about the events and people that built America. A broad survey of labor history will be presented with dramatic representations of characters from the past along with music and video. This workshop is brought to you by the Illinois Labor History Society.


A New Approach to Outsourcing: Going on Offense
Maximum Capacity 80
North Building, Level Four, Room N426 B

This year more than 20 states and 50 cities across the country will introduce proactive legislation to fight the reckless outsourcing of public services to for-profit corporations and other private entities. This workshop will help you ensure your state, city, county and school board follow suit. You will get an exclusive look at polling, innovative messaging, cutting-edge research and common-sense policy proposals to prevent outsourcing before it happens. This workshop is brought to you by In the Public Interest.

Saving Our Cities Through Pro-Worker Growth
Maximum Capacity 55
North Building, Level One, Room N135

Cities have enormous power to grow their economies with pro-worker and pro-community policies, like raising the minimum wage and fighting privatization. Across the country, community groups and unions are teaming up to make sure we get the best bang for our tax buck by creating good union jobs, affordable housing and other benefits for the community. You will learn best practices from an organization that won changes in municipal policy, which resulted in growth with good union jobs and community benefits. This workshop is brought to you by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.

Stronger Together! Internal Organizing for Small Locals*
Maximum Capacity 70
South Building, Level Four, Room S404 D

This workshop is for locals with fewer than 200 members. Join a roundtable discussion with activists and leaders from other similar-sized locals, about the challenges, strategies and best practices for recruiting and activating members. Case studies and lessons from the 50,000 Stronger campaign will be shared. We will discuss practical ideas and tools to build stronger local unions, from foundation building to communication networks to strategic campaigns.

Stronger Together! Internal Organizing for Medium Locals*
Maximum Capacity 70
South Building, Level Four, Room S405 A

This workshop is for locals with membership between 200 and 1,000. Join a roundtable discussion with activists and leaders, from other similar-sized locals, about the challenges, strategies and best practices for recruiting and activating members. Case studies and lessons from the 50,000 Stronger campaign will be shared. We will discuss practical ideas and tools to build stronger local unions, from foundation building to communication networks to strategic campaigns.

Stronger Together! Internal Organizing for Large Locals*
Maximum Capacity 25
South Building, Level Four, Room S405 B

This workshop is for locals with more than 1,000 members. Join a roundtable discussion with activists and leaders, from other similar-sized locals, about the challenges, strategies and best practices for recruiting and activating members. Case studies and lessons from the 50,000 Stronger campaign will be shared. We will discuss practical ideas and tools to build stronger local unions, from foundation building to communication networks to strategic campaigns.

Taking Next Wave to the Next Step
Maximum Capacity 80
South Building, Level Four, Room S402 B

The Next Wave program is an important way for AFSCME affiliates to organize internally and strengthen the union. No matter where your local is in the process of engaging younger and newer members, come learn new techniques on how to build local and council Next Wave programs.

Talkin’ Union to New Employees: Orientations that Build Power*
Maximum Capacity 40
South Building, Level Four, Room S403 B

When we welcome new sisters and brothers to our workplaces, we must teach them what it means to be union. Wages, benefits and working conditions are the inheritance of past labor struggles. To keep that inheritance and build on it, new workers must also inherit the struggle. In this workshop, we will identify best practices for new employee orientations – from formal orientation sessions to steward outreach to ongoing education. You will come away with new tools to talk about the union to your coworkers.

Unleashing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion in the Union
Maximum Capacity 80
North Building, Level Four, Room N426 C

With today’s rapidly changing demographics and more diverse workforce, it’s more important than ever that local union leaders build a diverse and inclusive leadership team. Leaders must represent members who are diverse in age, race and gender. You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of what diversity means and how to change our perceptions, policies and practices to inspire people from all walks of life to pursue leadership roles in your union.

Using Direct Action to Transform People and Power*

Maximum Capacity 80
South Building, Level Four, Room S404 B/C

When collaboration and negotiation aren’t getting to “yes,” direct action can move a campaign to success. And there are few things that transform members into leaders more effectively than putting our bodies and voices on the line for the fight – if the fight is done right. Learn why direct action works and how to organize an action that reaches your campaign goals and empowers your members. This workshop is brought to you by National People’s Action.