Four-day women’s Labor leadership conference set for May 3



WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP: Students at a recent Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference sharpen their skills during a direct action workshop. – Regina Polk School photo

The Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference for rank-and-file women, union activists and community leaders who want to create change is scheduled for May 3 at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, IL.

The goal of the four-day program is to learn the nuts and bolts of contract enforcement while also developing leadership skills. The curriculum is developed for women who are just beginning training and those with more experience.

Courses are taught by university Labor educators, union staff members, representatives from various worker organizations and former Polk students. Many former students have gone on to elected union leadership and staff positions and/or have returned to school.

The program also includes a Labor history tour of Alton and Mt. Olive. IL, interactive courses, workshops on wellness and building support networks and yoga and meditation

Pere Marquette Lodge is located just across the Illinois River from St. Louis and includes 72 newly renovated guest rooms and cabins. Parking at the lodge, which employees members of UNITE HERE Local 74, is free.

To register for the event, visit Applications are due by March 31. The cost of the program is $675 per person and includes room, board and classes. Scholarships are also available.

For more information, call Emily E. LB. Twarog, Polk School director, at 312-413-0166 or send an email to


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