Delegate Education Program

The Delegate Education Program is now open for online registration and can be accessed by clicking on the following link https://home.ufcw.org/dts/login.asp. In order to register you must enter the Local Union number and the Delegate or Alternate ID number listed on the Delegate or Alternate’s credentials. Please contact your local union if you do not know your ID number.

Pre-Convention Workshops for Local Union Leaders

– Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 11, 2013 Starting at 9:00 a.m. –

 

Saturday, August 10

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

  • Fiduciary and Reporting Responsibilities for Lo­cal Union Officers under Federal Law and the UFCW Constitution (Part 1)

    This 2-part workshop is designed for Local Union Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers. The first workshop will cover federal laws regulating payments to union officers and employees from a variety of sources, including employers, vendors, trust funds and charities, as well as LM-30 reporting requirements concerning such payments. It will also address Constitutional provisions relating to approval and payment of salaries and expenses, expense policies, Local Union financial controls and best practices and Department of Labor audits.

     

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

  • Fiduciary and Reporting Responsibilities for Lo­cal Union Officers under Federal Law and the UFCW Constitution (Part 2)

    The 2nd part of this workshop will review responsibilities of the Board of Trustees including completion of the Quarterly Trustees report, the UFCW Bonding questionnaire, and annual audits or reviews of financial records. The importance of budgeting for Local Unions will be discussed. Learn more about Department of Labor forms LM-2, LM-3, and LM-4, various IRS forms and filings, fringe benefits to be included on Form W-2, and Form 1099-Miscellaneous, issued for non-employee compensation. Form T4 and types of taxable fringe benefits in Canada will also be covered.

     

9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m

  • Communicating with a Multi-Lingual Membership

    “Why do I have to use this equipment?” “Repeating everything in another language makes the meetings take twice as long!” “If they don’t understand, they should bring someone to interpret for them.” Sound familiar? Language access can be used to create space for more members’ voices, increasing racial equity and empowering marginalized groups. Language Justice work focuses on creating workplaces and spaces where language is used democratically to strengthen cross-cultural alliances by providing the tools and resources necessary for successful organizing and movement building. Roberto Tijerina, an interpreter and interpreter trainer who connects literacy, second-language learning and immigrant rights and a UFCW leader, will lead this workshop.

     


Sunday, August 11

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

  • Immigration Reform

    The UFCW has been one of the main players negotiating and lobbying for comprehensive immigration reform. Learn about the CORE ELEMENTS FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM supported by the UFCW and the role played in creating a road map to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. Learn about which of these core elements survived the process and what more still needs to be done. Facilitators will discuss how changes in law will affect worksites and members, Local Unions and the International Union.

     

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

  • Capital Stewardship, Responsible Investment, and Growth

    The Capital Stewardship Program works to protect our members’ retirement security and to hold corporations accountable to their stakeholders. Facilitators will present an overview of the goals of the program, and outline how to engage with various Participants in the capital markets to achieve those goals. Participation in current and recent campaigns and transactions will be discussed. Learn more about recent capital market trends in our industries, with a particular focus on merger and acquisition activity and investor activism. Local Union leaders are encouraged to share their views on priorities and strategies for future engagement with the capital markets.

     

 

Convention Workshops for all Delegates, Alternates and Guests

 

Monday, August 12

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

  • The Growing Divide: Understanding the Economy

    This interactive economics workshop led by United for a Fair Economy and a UFCW leader raises awareness about how wealth and power undermines the economy, corrupts democracy, deepens the racial divide, and tears communities apart. Learn more about policies and review recent changes in income and wealth distribution fueling inequality in the U.S. Uncover a range of strategic initiatives and immediate steps that can be taken to reverse the growing gap between the rich and everyone else.

     

  • Strategies for Locals in So- Called Right-to-Work States and Provinces
    This workshop will be interpreted in Spanish and French.

    In this workshop, Participants explore ways to move organizing campaigns and representational work despite So-Called Right-to-Work laws to build stronger UFCW locals. Participants in this brainstorming and fact-finding workshop help answer the question: “What opportunities have been created by the right wing attack on collective bargaining rights?” Discuss best practices, strategies and innovative ways to organize workers and activate members.

     

  • We are the Retail Workers’ Union: Facing the Giant

    UFCW is the retail workers union! UFCW contracts provide retail workers with real benefits and protections. Recently there has been a marked increase in efforts to unite and mobilize retail workers. Facilitators will lead discussion on the current retail organizing terrain, legislative efforts and even how key technological developments are transforming supermarkets. These can all be a means to mobilize at local/ national/international levels to improve the work lives of food and non-food retail workers. This brainstorming workshop touches three important areas: organizing, politics and technology. Participants should come with open minds, creative ideas and a willingness to share experiences.

     

  • Bargaining for Work/Life Balance

    The Labor Project for Working Families, a national non-profit organization that builds alliances between unions, advocacy and community groups to advance and implement family-friendly workplace policies, will present this workshop, supported by the UFCW Women’s Network. Issues of work and family will be discussed along with examples of and strategies for negotiating family-friendly collective bargaining language. Learn about language that facilitates greater access to child care, family leave, low-wage worker benefits and part-time work, worker-controlled flexibility, family leave and paid sick days. Hear from UFCW Local Union leaders who have worked at the state and local level for work life balance policies.

     

  • Communicating with a Multi-Lingual Membership
    This workshop will be interpreted in Spanish and French.

    “Why do I have to use this equipment?” “Repeating everything in another language makes the meetings take twice as long!” “If they don’t understand, they should bring someone to interpret for them.” Sound familiar? Language access can be used to create space for more members’ voices, increasing racial equity and empowering marginalized groups. Language Justice work focuses on creating workplaces and spaces where language is used democratically to strengthen cross-cultural alliances by providing the tools and resources necessary for successful organizing and movement building. Roberto Tijerina, an interpreter and interpreter trainer who connects literacy, second-language learning and immigrant rights and a UFCW leader, will lead this workshop.

     

 


 

Wednesday, August 14

 

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m

  • Building Member Power through Worksite Organizing
    This workshop will be interpreted in Spanish and French.

    Explore ongoing strategies for building worksite power. Learn more about the role of one-to-one worker communication, worksite charting and other tools for making the phrase “we are the union” a reality. Discuss the ways that internal organizing and workplace activity can complement the grievance process and strengthen members’ overall engagement.

  • The Affordable Care Act

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), better known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was passed in 2010 and will be fully implemented in 2014. Get up to speed on how the ACA was passed and the basics of how it is intended to work.

  • ABCs of Labor Law
    This workshop will be interpreted in Spanish and French.

    Explore the power of labor and employment law for UFCW union representatives and organizers engaged in collective bargaining and union growth. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of and answer questions about the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Labor Relations Act and other laws covered in the UFCW publication, “ABC’s of Labor and Employment Law.”

     

  • Local Union Membership Module (LUMM) and aVoice

    This workshop will provide time-saving information for new and existing LUMM users. For delegates new to LUMM, the workshop will cover how the software can assist locals with membership processing, employer information, billing and posting of assessments, and other information related to tracking and reporting. For delegates already familiar with LUMM, facilitators will also discuss the software’s many new enhancements. aVoice is the web-based system organizers use to track and report on campaign progress. Participants will gain valuable, hands on information on both systems to boost their confidence and performance.

  • Young Workers Rising

    How can Local Unions ensure that young workers take on leadership roles? Learn more about the UFCW Canada’s Youth Internship Program and Students Against Migrant Exploitation (SAME) and their success in developing and engaging young worker activists. Discuss other approaches in Canada and the U.S., including local union young worker committees. Examine ways to build solidarity across generations and how this contributes to our union’s strength.

     

  • Incentives and Disincentives for Reporting Injuries and Illnesses

    Uncover why employer practices that discourage injury and illness reporting are putting all workers at risk. Learn what practices are specifically considered illegal discrimination, and how to identify both incentive programs and disincentives that exist in workplaces. Strategies for combatting these dangerous and divisive programs through bargaining and collective worker action will be discussed.

 

  • LGBT Union Solidarity

    Explore the realities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)UFCW members and how union members and staff can help to build solidarity across sexual orientation and gender identities. Learn more about specific worksite/union concerns, basic “LGBT 101” information and how supporting LGBT rights builds union strength.

     

  • Members Involved in New Organizing

    Join a discussion on the significant role of member organizers on key campaigns. Facilitators will examine the lessons learned in the field and best practices for working as member organizers. Gain a better understanding of members’ roles in building industry power through activism, involvement and organizing. At the forefront is the importance of members “telling their story” and speaking out to move new organizing.

     

  • Community Allies: Building a Strong Network

    UFCW is a strong union with strong community ties! This workshop looks at different ways the UFCW can build and maintain work with community groups, religious organizations and political figures to strategically move organizing and collective bargaining. By committing our efforts to developing relationships within the community, the UFCW has increased our organizing efforts, exponentially! Participants will learn creative ways to build a community program. Participants will leave with a list of national and international community groups that the UFCW has generated over the years and learn more about innovative approaches to bridging labor and community activism.

     

  • Immigration Reform

    The UFCW has been one of the main players negotiating and lobbying for comprehensive immigration reform. Learn about the CORE ELEMENTS FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM supported by the UFCW and the role played in creating a road map to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. Learn about which of these core elements survived the process and what more still needs to be done. Facilitators will discuss how changes in law will affect worksites and members, Local Unions and the International Union.

     

 


 

Thursday, August 15

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m

  • Workers’ Rights Under OSHA

    Many members are unaware of their right to a safe and healthy workplace under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, OSHA. Learn what employers don’t want workers to know! “Your Right to a Safe Workplace,” a UFCW publication, will be utilized and distributed.

     

  • Engaging Young Members in Politics

    Interested in motivating UFCW young members to take action in politics and community action? Learn the results from a recent poll of UFCW members under the age of 40 that examined the interests, motivations and concerns of younger members. Acquire tools to develop young worker programs at your Local Union, encouraging young members to get involved in politics, education and community action, building our union’s power.

     

  • Solidarity with Workers Around the World
    This workshop will be interpreted in Spanish and French.

    Most corporations – whether through their retail outlets, plant locations or supply chains – boast a global footprint. Money, profits and sometimes even jobs can be relocated with the push of a button. The challenge of global capitalism demands a global labor response. The UFCW has been active in designing and executing international strategies to combat the worst effects of corporate power and to build the solidarity of workers from different parts of the world. One key example are the agreements the UFCW Canada has made with Mexico (CONOFAM) to protect the labor rights of Mexican migrant workers in Canada and Guatemala’s AGUND. This workshop will explore the necessity and impact of global union strategies. Learn more about the UFCW’s initiatives with partners in places as diverse as South Africa and Sweden, Cambodia and Chile.

     

  • Basic Research: Know Your Employer

    Want to know more about your employer? Using examples of specific companies, Facilitators will share tools on researching basic company information, investigating the markets, geography and strategies for growth as well as how companies develop their legislative, policy and lobbying agendas.

     

  • Comprehensive Organizing Campaigns

    Interested in moving campaigns and putting together a workable plan? Experienced campaigners will lead an open discussion focusing on the question: “How can organizers ramp up strategies to maximize organizing efforts?” Discuss comprehensive campaign strategies as a more innovative way to organize larger pools of workers. Examine the lessons of past experiences to identify best practices in organizing. Delve deeper on the specific roles that workers, researchers, community allies, communicators and attorneys play within comprehensive campaigns.

     

  • Language Justice

    Language Justice work creates spaces that include all workers’ voices. Facilitators will lead a lively discussion, provide some tools and resources necessary for bridging communication across language gaps and help participants think of ways to apply them.

  • Our Walmart: Change Jobs, Change Retail and Change the World

    In this workshop, organizers will lead a discussion about the key lessons from the Our Walmart campaign’s worker- centered organizing. Raising standards for retail workers worldwide requires raising the standards of the largest retail employer in the world, Walmart. Participants in this brainstorming and fact-finding workshop will learn more about Walmart, OurWalmart and how the campaign’s approach can be applied to other retail organizing. Explore creative ways that workers can organize around issue-based fights moving to action on a larger scale.

     

  • Social Media Boot Camp

    Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube and Pinterest – learn how to use these tools and more. Identify best practices and principles of using social media in organizing and communication. Facilitators will demonstrate how to build a strategic plan for social media that identifies and connects with a wide range of members and allies.

     

  • New UFCW Steward Materials
    This workshop will be interpreted in Spanish and French.

    What tools, knowledge and confidence do stewards need to build a stronger union? Participants will be introduced to a newly revised UFCW Stewards Manual in multiple languages and a series of supportive workshops. The materials are designed to be interactive and informative so that stewards will leave the training feeling empowered in their role as leaders in the union.

     

  • Building an Inclusive Union

    Explore the issues that arise in our diverse union. Using honest dialogue, Facilitators will discuss the best way to build relationships across differences of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, language, nation of origin, race, religion and sexual orientation. Participants will discuss personal experiences and learn how to be allies with other staff and members engaged in representation and organizing work. Facilitators will also analyze data from the 2013 UFCW Diversity Survey and examine inclusion strategies employed by Local Unions.

     

 


Click here to view the Convention Workshops Descriptions in French