March 30, 2014

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New leaders learn leadership skills

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Joanne Perez, left, and Marlena Daher-Rahman, both of Morrisville, take part in a discussion during a workshop for new leaders.

A number of new UUP chapter leaders took part in weekend workshops focusing on problem solving, strategic planning, collective bargaining and issues impacting academics and professionals.

UUP’s annual New Union and Labor Activists Workshops, held March 28-30 in Cooperstown, also featured a community building seminar run by AFT Human Rights and Community Relations Director Eric Zachary, and spotlighted services offered by UUP Communications.

More than 120 members came to the conference and were welcomed by UUP President Fred Kowal and each of the statewide officers—VPA Jamie Dangler, VPP Philippe Abraham, Secretary Eileen Landy, Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud, and Membership Development Officer Edison Bond Jr.

“We’re thankful that you have chosen to give up your precious time to be here and to learn how to do things better as unionists,” said Kowal. “We need you, we need your work, we need your questions, and we need your demands.”

The workshops included “Collective Bargaining and the Taylor Law,” “Forums for Problem Solving,” and “Strategic Planning: Moving Your Chapter Forward.” Zachary’s AFT presentation was titled “Engaging the Community Building Collective Power for Economic Justice, Educational Opportunity, and Democratic Voice.”

Two Communications staffers discussed services the Communications department offers to members, chapters and committees.

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