Minnesota Union Leadership Program accepting applications through May 18

The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Minnesota Union Leadership Program, which will begin in September.

Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over nine months, program participants will study the labor movement and discuss how to address the challenges facing unions today.

This program provides the opportunity for emerging and established union leaders to build relationships and network with others. It draws on the diversity of the labor movement and uses a participatory approach to learn from other’s experiences. Participants include union activists, workplace stewards, elected officers and staff.

Training is coordinated and led by Labor Education Service staff and draws on experienced and talented speakers from the labor movement and allies in the community. The program is non-credit, but each participant receives a leadership certificate upon successful completion.

The first two sessions will be held Sept. 26-28 at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge near Brainerd. Subsequent sessions will be held on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. Tuition is $1,250 and includes lodging for two nights and all meals at Ruttger’s, lunch and snacks for the on-campus sessions and all materials and program instruction for the year.

Applicants must fill out an application form with support from their union. Enrollment will be limited to 30 people to ensure a high-quality educational experience. Deadline to apply is May 18.

For application materials and more information, call 612-624-5020.

The Minnesota Union Leadership Program is offered by the Labor Education Service in cooperation with the Minnesota AFL-CIO.

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