This fall the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon is organizing a workshop series “The Intersection of Racial Justice and Worker Advocacy.” All talks are free and open to all. Learn more and sign up on the LERC website.
Please mark your calendar for upcoming sessions:
- September 30, 5–6:15 PM, Interrupting Systems of Oppression in our Unions. This training will explore how institutional racism shows up in our society and the labor movement. Participants will identify historical and institutional barriers in our unions to building stronger, inclusive unions that fight for all workers.
- October 14, 5–6:15 PM, Exploring Systemic Racism in Arbitration. Unions rely heavily on arbitration to resolve contract disputes. Arbitration is not immune from the impact of institutionalized racism. How does racial and gender bias show up in the arbitration process and what can unions do to combat it? (Note: this session is at the same time as our Rep Assembly, so if you are a rep and want to attend, please make sure another rep from your site is able to attend the RA.)
- October 21, 5–6:15 PM, Toolbox Essentials for Creating Racial Justice. Allies for racial justice work in three overlapping domains, directly with union members, with our unions as institutions, and within the broader community and culture. This workshop will help unionists explore the complexities of creating an inclusive culture while engaging at all three levels.