Registration is open for the Minnesota Union Women & Femme's Retreat, part of a series of programs sponsored by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service to foster greater participation by women and femmes in their workplaces, unions and communities.
The Retreat is developed with input from labor leaders and activists. General sessions will include “Women & Femmes: Our Unique Perspectives for Building Power” and “From #BlackLivesMatter to Battling Right to Work: Organizing in Coalition.” Workshops will cover skills important to internal organizing and topics such as FMLA, ADA and other legal issues.
Keynote speaker is CeCe McDonald, an activist, speaker and icon in the LGBTQ community.
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 should be interested in being active on workplace issues.
In planning the 2017 retreat, the fifth the Labor Education Service has offered, the name was changed to be more inclusive. "Women & Femmes Retreat" reflects the 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. Free child care and Spanish/English interpretation will be available. Some scholarships will be offered.
Go to the LES website for more information on the content, schedule, cost, scholarships and more, or visit the Retreat Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MnUnionWomenandFemmesRetreat/