If you handle communications in your local, you should plan to attend the Oct. 19-21 convention of the International Labor Communications Association to be held here prior to the National AFL-CIO Convention.
The conference opens at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 with a welcoming session and reception and ends on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. with the election of new ILCA officers.
OPENING SESSION ON RTW
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will moderate the opening session “Confronting Right-to-Work and Building A Workers’ Movement,” on Friday, Oct. 20, at 9 a.m.
Labor leaders, members and communicators are encouraged to attend this important session, of critical interest to Missouri workers at no charge.
The program will include presentations and discussions on RTW by UFCW Local 655 President David Cook, North Carolina AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan, AFSCME Washington State Council 28 Deputy Executive Director Boyd McCamish and Canadian Association of Labour Media Editor Nora Loreto.
Loreto will discuss Canada’s demand of the Trump Administration that any renegotiation of NAFTA include the U.S. eliminating phony “right-to-work (for less)” laws because they provide unfair competition to Canada’s workers.
Two other dynamic sessions are also planned:
• “Fighting Fascism and Building Working Class Unity and Power,” and
The ILCA Media Awards luncheon recognizes the finest in labor journalism across America in a wide variety of mediums including print, radio, blogs, newsletters, social media, websites. This is a great opportunity to meet other labor communicators and discuss the work they’re doing.
Nine skills workshops are planned to help labor communicators learn and hone the skills they need to engage and inform members in today’s complex communications landscape, with an emphasis on digital and social media.
To register for the entire program, go to ILCAonline.org. The cost is $275.