Agenda

Workshops

Workshops will be held on Sunday, June 17 from 1:30 – 3 p.m., and Monday, June 18 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Workshops are simultaneous and a wide number of topics are available. Workshop registration kiosks are located in the registration area in Hall G.

Sunday, June 17

1:30 – 3 p.m.

AFSCME Women:
Let the Leader in You Shine

Women around the globe are standing up, speaking out and changing the world. This workshop aims to inspire and strengthen leadership skills for AFSCME women members. Participants will learn about the contributions made by women leaders in labor and politics and develop personal leadership development plans to help build the local union. (Room 402 B)

AFSCME Pride’s Guide to Equality

Local unions and the national labor movement are strong when we stand together for equality. Too many of our union sisters and brothers are treated unfairly because of who they are, but a union contract can provide powerful protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. Learn how to make your contracts more LGBT-inclusive, find out about the state of non-discrimination laws and domestic partner benefits in your state, and discover how to be a voice for LGBT workers. (Room 303 A)

Can You Hear Us Now?
Developing Your Message to Win Today & Build the Union

This strategic communications workshop will focus on message development and delivery. The workshop will give you a look at the national picture: the scope of the attacks on public services and workers’ rights, and how AFSCME members fight back with good plans and good messages. You will learn how to develop the strongest messages for the fights in which you engage. (Room 304 C)

Communication & Mobilization Tools and Tactics for the Digital Age

The digital revolution has changed the way we communicate and organize, and AFSCME is leading the charge. This workshop will help you and your local take advantage of online tools and resources to educate, agitate and mobilize members and allies. Find out about LaborWeb, a free and easy tool to build websites for AFSCME locals. Learn best practices for e-mail and websites. Get tips on list building. And find out about texting and social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Most importantly, learn how to put all these tools together to build your union. (Room 407)

David v. Goliath:
Strategy Tools for Locals

How did David beat Goliath? By turning what he had into what he needed to get what he wanted. As local leaders and activists, we can do the same thing. Join this workshop to learn how to develop creative, dynamic strategies and utilize local union resources to achieve union goals. This workshop will employ case studies and will give activists a chance to create strategies to implement back home in their locals. (Room 308 A)

Ensuring Respect in the Workplace

We all want and deserve a positive, respectful work environment, and AFSCME is committed to helping make that happen. Prevention is the best tool to prevent or eliminate harassment in the workplace. This workshop will cover what constitutes harassment, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. You will learn how to identify, respond and report unacceptable conduct in the workplace. (Room 404 A)

The Fierce Urgency of Now:
Stories that Motivate Change

Storytelling is a way to connect and communicate with others: to amuse, to teach, to inspire, to share our most important values. In this interactive and inspirational workshop developed by union organizer turned Harvard University professor Marshall Ganz, you will learn to tell the “story of self” as a way to communicate vision, urgency and the need for action. Come learn the art and craft of leadership storytelling that inspires others to organize for change. (Room 304 A)

Fighting for the 99%:
What AFSCME Members Can Do For Economic Justice

The rise in income inequality harms us in our jobs, our communities and our nation. This workshop will analyze the components of the dominant, unfair economic policies and propose alternative policies – as advocated by the labor movement, Occupy Wall Street protesters and others – that will bring about a more just economy. You will gain tools to be successful messengers, advocates and organizers for economic and budget policies that support working families and good jobs. (Room 408 A)

Financial Update:
Reporting & Disclosure Compliance Issues & Trends

This workshop will cover recent developments at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) regarding reporting and disclosure compliance. You will learn about payroll, mileage and per diem rules; how to handle transactions in an electronic world; and other regulatory trends. Participants will gain important information to help prepare and maintain adequate financial records and carry out financial duties. (Room 411)

Health Care Reform:
Where Are We Now?

AFSCME campaigned hard for secure, high-quality health care that we can count on – and we won! In this workshop you will learn how the Affordable Care Act helps the American people; understand the federal regulations to implement the law; and get a handle on the progress being made in states to make health reform a reality. You will also learn Medicaid’s critical role in health reform and how proposals to cut it would hurt seniors, people with disabilities and children. You’ll gain the necessary tools to participate in implementation decisions at the state level and fight back against those who want to halt progress by stopping this law that protects our benefits, saves the nation money and helps millions. (Room 403 A)

Immigrant Rights Are Worker Rights

Solidarity is the touchstone of the labor movement and the key to our strength. That’s why those who want to destroy us try to divide us from our natural allies. In this workshop you will learn how immigrant rights are inextricably linked to the rights of all workers and to our union’s goals to grow our membership and achieve gains for AFSCME members. You will develop practical skills on how to advocate against anti-immigrant policies and for more pro-worker, comprehensive and compassionate solutions. (Room 303 B)

No Worker Is an Island:
Building Strong Alliances in Challenging Times

With the attacks on public workers and services at an alltime high, we all know we can’t go it alone. From small businesses to students to neighbors, we have an opportunity to join with new and diverse allies to build strength on key policy issues, defend vital public services and our communities, and protect workers’ rights. In this interactive workshop, you will identify potential allies, map opportunities to engage allies in our campaigns, and create plans for community outreach back home. (Room 308 B)

Obama: Making the Case for Progress

November will offer America a stark choice between moving forward and going backward. AFSCME is moving forward by supporting a pro-working family agenda and the candidate who has demonstrated he can best achieve progress: Pres. Barack Obama. In this workshop you will explore the issues facing AFSCME members and working families and the candidates’ records and positions on matters of importance to us. Come and learn the facts and develop strong messages in support of President Obama, and then practice delivering those messages in order to take them home and secure the vote for the president. (Room 306 AB)

Protecting Health & Safety in Our Workplaces

Cost cutting and negligence put the health and safety of workers at risk, but we are our own best advocates. In this session you will acquire an understanding of OSHA standards, state regulations, consensus statutes and contract provisions that protect worker safety and health. More importantly, you will learn how to take control of the tools and knowledge that can be used to force employers to maintain safe workplaces, and how to engage other members in the fight and use it to build the union. (Room 406 B)

Pump it Up! Building Your Political Muscle

No one makes politics happen like AFSCME: the Green Machine. Whether we develop a precinct walk, staff a phone bank or raise PEOPLE contributions for a national, state or local political campaign, we need to know the issues, effectively communicate our purpose with others, and be clear about how to ask others to get involved. In this workshop, you will explore current issues of importance to workers and our families, discuss how to recruit others to help win the political fights that matter to working people, and practice a newly developed recruitment pitch. (Room 304 B)

Put Down That Axe:
Successful Bargaining in Tough Times

Anti-union politicians have used the fiscal crisis to attack our pay, benefits and jobs, and also to hack away at our fundamental rights. In this workshop we’ll learn how to address budget problems while protecting jobs, and understand the implications of opening up a contract to make concessions. And we’ll learn how to defend and even strengthen the fundamental rights in our contracts even during these difficult times. (Room 511 C)

Race to the Bottom:
How to Stop the Attack on Pensions

Political zealots are destroying retirement security by pitting the majority of Americans against union members with pensions. This dangerous race to the bottom hurts everyone. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of why traditional pensions are valuable and what has happened to them. We’ll also review our opposition’s playbook and how to fight back to protect our pensions and defend retirement security for all working people. (Room 401)

75 Years of Solidarity:
AFSCME’s History

Learn about the rich history of our union from Temple University Professor Francis Ryan, a historian who studied and wrote about AFSCME’s role in the U.S. labor movement. You will learn about the most important developments in AFSCME’s history from the 1930s to recent years, highlighting AFSCME’s emergence from a reform civil service organization to a more militant trade union led by Presidents Jerry Wurf and Gerald McEntee. (Room 403 B)

Stopping Privatization in Its Tracks

Too often private corporations want to profit by taking control of vital public services. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to effectively combat privatization threats and recognize the warning signs; identify components of successful anti-privatization campaigns, and develop protections to enact before specific threats arise. Participants will learn the steps to take at each stage of the process to derail plans to contract out, including critiquing privatization plans, communicating with members and the community, and building political support. (Room 408 B)

There Really Is a Conspiracy:
Taking on the Secret Organization That Undermines Our Rights

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is responsible for quietly spreading state laws across the country. These laws take away collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin; privatize prisons in Ohio; undermine health care reform; enact repressive voter ID laws; privatize education; and abolish public pensions. Learn how this shadowy organization works, what companies belong to ALEC, and what you can do to fight back. (Room 404 B)

Workplace Wellness Programs: Being Healthy the Smart Way

Workplace wellness programs can help workers stay healthy and control rising health care costs. Come hear AFSCME leaders and staff talk about their experience in designing and implementing these programs. They will describe the hurdles, pitfalls and benefits achieved. You will learn how union involvement from the beginning can strengthen programs, how to avoid potential challenges, and best practices for creating future programs. (Room 406 A)

Winning the Policy Debate:
Effective Grassroots Advocacy Campaigns

Do you want to develop, tone and flex your political muscle to win real progress for AFSCME members in your local and state government? This workshop will teach you how to organize grassroots actions that influence policymakers at every level. You will learn about press strategies that can complement grassroots campaigns, including digital and new media; how to partner with allies to broaden influence; and how to organize a grassroots event step by step. (Room 402 A)

Monday, June 18

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Actions Speak Louder:
Tap into the Power of Your Membership

Union members continue to face uncertainty and attacks by those in positions of power. How do we fight back and change the power dynamic? Tap into the power of our ultimate weapon – the power of the people. Through member leadership, member-to-member communication and member action you can build the power necessary to make change. (Room 407)

The AFSCME Next Wave: Making It Happen

You already know the importance of mobilizing the next generation of members and leaders. Hear ideas and suggestions from young AFSCME members on how to reach across the generation gap and use various techniques to start a Next Wave program. Discover what’s worked in other local unions and develop a plan of your own. (Room 306 AB)

AFSCME Women: Let the Leader in You Shine

Women across the globe are standing up, speaking out and changing the world. This workshop aims to inspire and strengthen leadership skills for AFSCME women members. Participants will learn about the contributions made by women leaders in labor and politics and develop an individual leadership development plan to help build the local union. (Room 402 B)

Assault on Social Insurance: Protecting Social Security,
Medicare & Unemployment Insurance

Radical budget cutters and anti-government politicians are trying to tear apart the federal benefit programs that so many rely on for retirement security, health care and basic support in tough times. This workshop will explain how social insurance works and why these programs exemplify what government does best, and provide the tools to protect our great social insurance programs from assault. (Room 305)

Can You Hear Us Now? Developing Your Message to
Win Today & Build the Union

This strategic communications workshop will focus on message development and delivery. The workshop will give you a look at the nationwide picture: the scope of the attacks on public services and workers’ rights and how AFSCME members fight back with good plans and good messages. You will learn how to develop the strongest messages for the fights that you are engaged in. (Room 304 C)

Carry It On:
Mentoring the Next Generation of Leadership

We can ensure that AFSCME’s next 75 years are as bright as those we’ve had by mentoring new leaders. Learn how you can share your experience and knowledge, and gain skills to support and develop new and young members as AFSCME leaders. This workshop will help you reflect on your personal mentoring experience, discuss a model for mentoring and practice one-onone mentoring skills. Members older than age 35 are especially encouraged to attend this workshop. (Room 408 A)

David v. Goliath: Strategy Tools for Locals

How did David beat Goliath? By turning what he had into what he needed to get what he wanted. As local leaders and activists, we can do the same thing. Join this workshop to learn how to develop creative strategies and utilize local union resources to achieve union goals. This workshop will employ case studies and will give activists a chance to create strategies to implement back home in their locals. (Room 308 A)

Ensuring Respect in the Workplace

We all want and deserve a positive, respectful work environment, and AFSCME is committed to helping make that happen. Prevention is the best tool to prevent or eliminate harassment in the workplace. This workshop will cover what constitutes harassment, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. You will learn how to identify, respond and report unacceptable conduct in the workplace. (Room 404 A)

The Fierce Urgency of Now:
Stories that Motivate Change

Storytelling is a way to connect and communicate with others: to amuse, to teach, to inspire, to share our most important values. In this interactive and inspirational workshop developed by union organizer turned Harvard University professor Marshall Ganz, you will learn to tell the “story of self” as a way to communicate vision, urgency and the need for action. Come learn the art and craft of leadership storytelling that inspires others to organize for change. (Room 304 A)

How Your Retirement Dollars Are Going to the
1 Percent and What You Can Do About It

AFSCME members’ pensions pay Wall Street hundreds of millions of dollars in fees each year. What do our pensions get in return? Learn about the ways the so-called financial wizards who destroyed the economy have ripped off the pensions of Main Street, how fee income from our pensions is funneled to anti-union politicians, and how you can speak out at your local pension board meeting and ask the board to challenge Wall Street. (Room 404 B)

Immigrant Rights Are Worker Rights

Solidarity is the touchstone of the labor movement and the key to our strength. That’s why those who want to destroy us try to divide us from our natural allies. In this workshop you will learn how immigrant rights are inextricably linked to the rights of all workers and to our union’s goals to grow our membership and achieve gains for AFSCME members. You will develop practical skills on how to advocate against anti-immigrant policies and for more pro-worker, comprehensive and compassionate solutions. (Room 303 B)

Movie & Discussion: At the River I Stand

Do you want to know more about AFSCME’s history of organizing in the South? Do you want to be educated and inspired? Come join us in the theater for a viewing of the movie that tells the story of the Memphis sanitation workers and their fight for justice. There will be time for discussion with other attendees after the movie. (Room 411)

No Worker Is an Island:
Building Strong Alliances in Challenging Times

With the attacks on public workers and services at an all-time high, we all know we can’t go it alone. From small businesses to students to neighbors, we have an opportunity to join with new and diverse allies to build strength on key policy issues, defend vital public services and our communities, and protect workers’ rights. In this interactive workshop, you will identify potential allies, map opportunities to engage allies in our campaigns, and create plans for community outreach back home. (Room 308 B)

Organizing & Activating AFSCME Retirees

AFSCME relies on a powerful, active group of more than 250,000 dues-paying retirees in chapters across the country. Retiree members defend retirement security and the rights of all workers. This workshop will provide information for AFSCME leaders and activists who want to organize a retiree chapter or subchapter in their states and localities where none exist. You will gain tools and knowledge to recruit retiree members and establish retiree programs to achieve the union’s goals. (Room 303 A)

Put Down that Axe:
Successful Bargaining in Tough Times

Anti-union politicians have used the fiscal crisis to attack our pay, benefits and jobs, and also to hack away at our fundamental rights. In this workshop we’ll learn how to address budget problems while protecting jobs, and understand the implications of opening up a contract to make concessions. And we’ll learn how to defend and even strengthen the fundamental rights in our contracts even during these difficult times. (Room 511 C)

Race to the Bottom:
How to Stop the Attack on Pensions

Political zealots are destroying retirement security by pitting the majority of Americans against union members with pensions. This dangerous race to the bottom hurts everyone. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of why traditional pensions are valuable and what has happened to them. We’ll also review our opposition’s playbook and how to fight back to protect our pensions and defend retirement security for all working people. (Room 401)

75 Years of Solidarity: AFSCME’s History

Learn about the rich history of our union from Temple University Professor Francis Ryan, a historian who studied and wrote about AFSCME’s role in the U.S. labor movement. You will learn about the most important developments in AFSCME’s history from the 1930s to recent years, highlighting AFSCME’s emergence from a reform civil service organization to a more militant trade union led by Presidents Jerry Wurf and Gerald McEntee. (Room 403 B)

Standing Room Only:
Strategies for Boosting Member Participation

The past year has demonstrated like never before the power of citizen activism. We continue to face unprecedented challenges, as well as opportunities to build a stronger and more active union. In this workshop we’ll explore what makes for dynamic meetings and campaigns and how we can increase member activism. You will learn to develop strategies for successful turnout; design and facilitate strong meeting agendas that produce real results; and practice positive message development and delivery. (Room 402 A)

Stopping Privatization in Its Tracks

Too often private corporations want to profit by taking control of vital public services. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to effectively combat privatization threats and recognize the warning signs; identify components of successful anti-privatization campaigns, and develop protections to enact before specific threats arise. Participants will learn the steps to take at each stage of the process to derail plans to contract out, including critiquing privatization plans, communicating with members and the community, and building political support. (Room 408 B)

Survival Strategies: Organizing in Open Shop America

Even without the legal right to negotiate union contracts, AFSCME members have incredible union power. As the fight to win or regain those rights continues, this workshop will help members gain a better understanding of the real basis of union power and how we organize, direct and unleash it. Together we will examine the tools that we have to build power and how we can use them to win at work, with a focus on the fundamental tool of one-on-one communication. (Room 406 B)

What Unites Us: Political Action Based on Values

AFSCME’s membership is as diverse and complex as the communities in which we live and serve. And despite our cultural, religious, demographic and philosophical differences, we have built and sustained one of the most powerful political forces in American history. Participants in this session will learn how our common ground, rather than our differences, sustains and allows us to advance the mission of workers and working families. You will have a chance to develop and deliver values-based messages to increase political engagement. (Room 304 B)

Workplace Wellness Programs:
Being Healthy the Smart Way

Workplace wellness programs can help workers stay healthy and control rising health care costs. Come hear AFSCME leaders and staff talk about their experience in designing and implementing these programs. They will describe the hurdles, pitfalls and benefits achieved. You will learn how union involvement from the beginning can strengthen programs, how to avoid potential challenges, and best practices for creating future programs. (Room 406 A)