WISE Workshop/Conference Series


What is the WISE@Wayne conference series all about?

The Labor Studies Center at Wayne State University has created the WISE (Workers in Solidarity & Education) conference series that is committed to the teaching and learning of workers through innovative and advanced labor education programs. Our WISE educational events focus on empowering workers by strengthening highly sought after skills including leadership, communication and strategic planning.  WISE@Wayne conferences will also provide the space for workers from various industries, occupations, experiences and backgrounds to connect through common struggles and identify effective strategies that build solidarity and power in their workplaces, unions and communities. 


Thursday, November 7-Saturday, November 9, 2019

at Greetown Casino-Hotel

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Advanced Labor Education Workshops
(Choose 1 course from below)

During the three-day WISE@Wayne conference, participates will attend one advanced labor education workshop and interactive general sessions that include speakers, panels and group exercises.

One of a Few, Representing Many: Collective Bargaining Immersion
Course Code:  CBIM3

Experience the collective bargaining process from A to Z with interactive exercises and scenarios. You will learn the legal foundation, ground rules and decision-making process involved in the bargaining process. Practice table tactics, writing contract language and strategies to avoid impasse.

The Student Revolution: Develop and Practice Teaching Techniques
Course Code:  TSR3

This course will transition the student to educator and position you to develop effective teaching techniques. Topics will include; developing group needs assessment, learning objectives and evaluating the impact of training initiatives. This training course covers effective teaching techniques, learning styles, training design and lesson planning.

Planting Seeds: Creating Opportunities and Developing New Leaders
Course Code: PSCO3

This course will challenge and inspire the next generation of labor leaders. You will gain powerful strategies to help you advance to the next level of leadership while building your network of fellow leaders and mentors. This workshop will help you evaluate your leadership style and strengths and then offer leadership development tools and strategies so you can learn how to go from entry level to organizational decision-maker at the leadership level.

Employment Law Updates
Course Code: ELU2

Attorneys will lead this in-depth legal course. Day one reviews the recent changes in federal labor laws and will examine union elections, temporary employees and offduty conduct such as social media, recreational drug use and right to privacy. Day two will focus on three laws, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its interaction with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and work-related injuries under MI Workers Comp law.

Crossing into Community: Empower Workers Through Community and Civic Engagement
Course Code: EWC2

You will gain a better understanding of how actively engaging politically through civic and community engagement can have a positive impact on your community. Learn how to build a labor-community coalition around a common cause to solve problems and achieve goals that impact working families. This course will focus on transferable and highly sought-after skills including leadership, public speaking and community outreach.

Building Bridges: Advancing Social Justice Unionism Through Labor History and Civil Rights Education
Course Code: ASJ4

How can all workers build power together? Learn to build your capacity to advance workplace and community justice while examining labor history and civil rights education. In this workshop, you will examine historic events of our past while addressing issues workers are faced with today. During this session, participants will learn how to engage in honest and complex cross-cultural dialogue, while using history, to rededicate themselves to an inclusive fight for racial, social and economic justice.

Advanced Grievance Handling
Course Code: AGH2

This Advanced Grievance course is designed for those with knowledge of the basic grievance handling process but would like to examine and discuss how arbitrators evaluate due process, discipline, discharge cases, just cause, past practice and contract interpretation standards.  Grievance resolution strategies will also be reviewed.

Conference Registration
1. Participants may register online: forms.wayne.edu/lsc-workshops/
2. Or, by calling the Labor Studies Center at 313-577-2191.

Conference Fees
$575 (this includes $75 meal payment). UAW-Ford, UAW-Chrysler, UAW-GM and USW tuition assistance pays $500 and the student is responsible for the $75 meal payment fee.

Scholarships Available
The WSU Labor Studies Center is excited to offer partial scholarships that are applied to the WISE conference fee. The scholarship application is located on the online registration page or you may request a scholarship application by contacting the Labor Studies Center's office at 313-577-2191 or email laborstudies@wayne.edu.

Payments in the form of check, money order or tuition assistance voucher should be received by the Labor Studies Center no later than 10/25/19. Due to high demand and limited capacity, the Labor Studies Center encourages you to register and pay for the WISE conference ASAP. You will not be confirmed until full payment is received. Conference and/or meal payments can be made online via the registration page at forms.wayne.edu/lsc-workshops/.

Checks and money orders should be made payable to: Wayne State University.
Labor Studies Center, Wayne State University, 656 W. Kirby, 3178 FAB, Detroit, MI 48202
Fax: 313-577-7726 or Email: laborstudies@wayne.edu

Location and Lodging
The Workers in Solidarity & Education (WISE) conference will be held at the Greektown Casino-Hotel, a unionized property. For lodging, a block of rooms has been reserved on a first come, first serve basis at the discounted rates of $153. Contact the hotel directly to make your room reservations by 10/17/19. Call the hotel directly at 877-424-5554 and the group code is WSULA19.








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"The Building Bridges Conference: Connecting our Struggles and Identifying Strategies to Build Strength and Solidarity"



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