Women's Programs

Registration is open for the 2015 Union Women's Retreat!

2015 LES Women's Retreat

Registration has two steps:

1. Register online at this link to pay the conference fee of $200.​
Each person must register individually and pay by credit card. If you are a union that wishes to register several people at once, or if you wish to pay by check, please call 612
-624-2345 for assistance.

2. Download and fill out this form to reserve your lodging at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.
Lodging is $300.15 for double occupancy, $363.20 for single occupancy. A variety of room options are available, some with more amenities than others, so book early for the best selection. The form may be returned to Ruttger’s by mail or e-mail.

Registration deadline is March 20, 2015.

Most participants are sponsored and funded by their unions. Women of color, younger women and those from under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to attend. A limited number of scholarships will be offered. Download a scholarship application here. The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 6.

Download the Women’s Retreat brochure here or call 612-624-5020 to request a copy.

Child Care
Free child care will be provided during the day, but participants must pay a room-and-board fee for children over 3. Indicate the number and ages of the children in your online registration. The deadline to sign up for child care is March 6.

English/Spanish Interpretation
We will provide English/Spanish interpretation. A Spanish-language flier for the retreat will be available here soon.

An Overview of the Retreat
This year’s retreat runs from April 22-24 at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in the Brainerd Lakes Area. It is part of a series of events designed to foster greater participation by women in their workplaces, unions and communities.

Under the theme “Moving Forward Together,” the retreat will provide the opportunity to analyze the challenges facing women in the labor movement and help them build the confidence and skills to address them. General session and workshop topics include paths to leadership, organizing, women’s issues across generations, labor history, building coalitions for bargaining, member engagement, addressing workplace bullying and bridging generation gaps.

Saru JayarmanKeynote speaker is Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United who will share the experiences of women organizing to improve their lives across the country.

The Retreat is designed for working women, rank-and-file members, activists, staff and union officers. You do not need to be a union member to attend, but you should be interested in being active on workplace issues.

The cost to attend ranges from $500 to $563, depending on type of lodging, and includes the entire program, educational materials, lodging for two nights, all meals and breaks during the three days and sales and resort taxes.

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