Women's Programs

Registration for the Union Women’s Retreat has closed

Registration has closed for the 2015 Minnesota Union Women’s Retreat. We are honored by the unprecedented response and excited to welcome a diverse group of women to this event.
 If you have questions, please contact the Labor Education Service office by phone, 612-624-5020, or e-mail.

2015 LES Women's RetreatAn 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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