St. Louis Emerging Labor Leaders (StELL) is hoping to make that connection for job seekers and those interested in joining a trades union with a career fair on July 30 at the Ferguson Community Center.
“Our plan is to have all labor unions in the St. Louis area set up booths and share information with the unemployed and underemployed detailing the steps they need to take to get into the union and obtain union employment,” said StELL President Gordon Smith Jr. (CWA 6300). “Communication workers, painters, sheet metal workers and so on and the community is going to be able to come in and say ‘What do I need to do? What are the steps I need to take?”
Table space is free for unions that want to participate.
OPEN SOME EYES
“Our goal is to grow membership and educate the community about Labor and its importance to the community,” Smith said. “You can’t walk out the door without seeing some union work going on, whether you know it or not. We want the community to know. We want to open some eyes.”
Smith is inviting every union in the St. Louis area to send a representative to the career fair prepared to describe what it takes to get into the union, what education is needed, how to get into an apprenticeship program and what will be expected.
StELL is putting together an ad book that will be provided to job fair attendees with contact information to help them get started.
Ad space is being offered at $200 for a full-page, $150 for a half-page and $100 for a business card ad to help defray the costs.
Make checks payable to St. Louis Labor Council and write StELL Fair in the memo line.
For more information, contact Smith Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-593-5513.