Early 2021 has been an active time for member education, although the pandemic has reshaped the size, frequency and format of many of the events. In coordination with regional presidents, the UE Education Department led virtual subregional education events for California, Vermont/New Hampshire, Wisconsin/Minnesota, and North Carolina, and also held a similar event for Rail Crew Transport locals. More than 85 members participated in these events.
“Building Solidarity for Racial Justice,” the new anti-racism workshop designed in partnership with the North American Solidarity Project, was presented at several of the events. Additional topics included leadership training, COVID19: Impacts on Health, Safety, & Negotiations, Political Challenges facing Workers, Just Cause, Dealing with a Bad Boss, and Fighting on the Inside: Building a Campaign to Win.
Director of Education Kari Thompson also led leadership training and steward training workshops for new Local 728, and a two-part internal organizing training for Local 808. In February, she arranged for a guest presenter from National Nurses United to participate in a virtual program organized by the Women’s Caucus entitled “Caring for our Hearts and Ourselves.” In May, she led an online version of UE’s “How to Fix Healthcare” workshop.