2017 Minnesota Union Women & Femmes Retreat
“Using Our Experiences & Identities to Build Power”
April 19 - 21, 2017
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge
Brainerd Lakes Area
The Minnesota Union Women & Femmes Retreat is part of a series of programs sponsored by the Labor Education Service to foster greater participation by women and femmes in their workplaces, unions, and communities. These educational events are developed with input from labor leaders and activists. Through formal session and informal opportunities to share meals and recreation, the Retreat provides many venues for participants to enhance their leadership skills and engage in mentoring and networking.
On-line registration is here. Registration deadline is March 17.
Room reservations at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge can be made here.
Who should attend?
The Retreat is designed for working women and femmes, 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.
In planning the 2017 retreat, the fifth we have offered, we changed the name to be more inclusive. “Women & Femmes Retreat” reflects our understanding of gender as a spectrum and opens up the retreat to anyone who, in whole or in substantial part, locates themselves on the feminine side of the spectrum, including non-binary, gender non-conforming (GNC), genderfluid, genderqueer, two-spirit and transfeminine people.
Most participants are sponsored and funded by their unions. Women and femmes of color, younger activists and those from under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to attend.
The Union Women & Femmes Retreat provides the opportunity to understand and analyze workplace challenges and build the confidence and skills to address them.
- Women & Femmes: Our Unique Perspectives for Building Power
- From #BlackLivesMatter to Battling Right to Work: Organizing in Coalition
- Working Toward a 21st Century Vision of Solidarity
- Balancing Work, Family & Activist Commitments
- Engaging in Difficult Conversations and Bridging Differences
- Learning from the Disability Justice Movement
- Supporting Women & Femmes of Color
- Understanding FMLA, ADA, and other Legal Issues
Keynote Speaker - CeCe McDonald
CeCe McDonald is an activist, speaker, and icon in the LGBTQ community. Rising to international recognition after surviving a white supremacist and transphobic attack, CeCe has graced stages across the country where she uses storytelling to articulate the personal and political implications of being both black and trans. She fosters important conversations around mass incarceration, sexuality, and violence and is the star of the recently released feature-length documentary about her life and story, Free CeCe.
Schedule for the 2017 Retreat
Wednesday, April 19
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Registration and Check-in
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Opening Session & Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Plenary Session
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Plenary Session
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Reception
Thursday, April 20
7:00 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Plenary Session
10:30 – 12:00 p.m. Workshops
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Workshops
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Open Space Meetings
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Evening Program
Friday, April 21
7:00 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Workshops
12:00 – 2:30 p.m. Celebration Lunch/Closing Session/Awarding of Certificates
2:30 p.m. Depart for Home
Ruttger’s is located on Bay Lake, in the Brainerd Lakes area about 120 miles from the Twin Cities. It has hosted numerous union events, including four previous Union Women’s Retreats. You’ll enjoy a beautiful setting and delicious meals as part of the retreat package.
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To maximize our goals of mentoring and networking, we are not inviting spouses or partners of participants.
Free child care will be provided during the day, but participants must pay a room-and-board fee for children over 3. Sign up for child care when you register.
We will provide English/Spanish interpretation. Contact the LES office, 612-624-5020, for registration materials in Spanish.
Facilities are accessible for people with disabilities. Ruttger’s is able to accommodate most dietary needs.
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded. Priority will be given to women and femmes from under-represented groups and who do not have funding available from their union or other organization. Download a PDF of the application form here. Complete and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to apply is February 24.
Steps to register:
- Register online here.
- Rooms are booked separately through Ruttger’s and can be done here. Ruttger’s offers a variety of room options, some with more amenities than others, so book early for the best selection. Meals are included with all rooms.
Call or email us:
Labor Education Service
Get updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MnUnionWomenandFemmesRetreat/
Space is limited. Register by March 17, 2017
Deadline to apply for scholarships: February 24
Cancellation policy: Conference fees are nonrefundable. However, substitutions are welcome. Please notify the LES office as soon as possible.