July 24, 2013

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UUP women gain union know-how, leadership skills

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Five UUPers—including statewide Executive Board member Anne Wiegard of Cortland, left—spent some time in summer school learning about the American labor movement and how to be more effective union leaders.

Joining Wiegard during the five-day Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women were Cortland UUPers Jen Drake and Michelle Kelly, Ann Kottner of Empire State College and Executive Board member Lori Nash of Oswego. United Association of Labor Education (UALE) sponsored the training, which was hosted by the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca. The theme of the 38th annual summit was “Union Women Leading Democracy in Our Work, Our Country and Our World.”

Wiegard recorded comments during a breakout session on the inequitable distribution of wealth in the U.S.

“We were looking at what unions can do to press for change,” said Wiegard. “Unions must work for a progressive tax structure, free higher education and universal health care, among other things, to shift the wealth in this country back to the middle.”

More than 100 women from unions across the northeast signed up for workshops ranging from collective bargaining and grievances, to strategic planning and effective communication, to coalition building and mobilizing for legislative activity.

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