Nearly 30 IAM Spanish-speaking members ascended on the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center recently for a week of leadership training in their native language. Every Territory was represented and members from the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico stepped up in a big way.
Participants spent the week learning fundamental basic labor subjects such as Labor History, Human Rights, Government & Politics, Parliamentary Procedure & Organizational Administration, Role of the Steward and Basic Organizing. This curriculum helps form an understanding of labor education and prepares the participant to a leadership role within their lodges and communities.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect in this class because I didn’t think I would benefit from it but I was completely amazed at how much there is to learn and how exciting learning can be,” said IAM Local 2018 member Hilda Golubski. “I am now prepared educate my brothers and sisters at my local lodge. I am going to get more involved and surely come back for Leadership II in Spanish.”
Class participants also visited IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD where they participated in the first ever Spanish edition of Activate Live, Activate Latino. Click on the following links to watch the episode on You Tube on Facebook or Twitter.
“Every union member in the country should have to attend this class, that is how important this education is,” said Local 66 member Pablo Bolano. “My eyes were opened to so many issues facing the labor movement today, but more importantly how we can get involved and do something about it.”
The next class, Spanish Leadership II, will take place May 13 to 18. There are several other Spanish programs that target the various levels of union leadership education such as staff classes that include Organizing I offered in Spanish.
Please note that enrollments in any of the Spanish Leadership programs do not count against your lodge’s regular leadership school allotments.
Click here to download enrollment forms in either Spanish or English directly from the Winpisinger Center’s website.
The Spanish classes for 2018 are as follows:
May 13-18 SPANISH LEADERSHIP II (Enrollment deadline April 13)
June 10-15 ORGANIZING I in SPANISH (Enrollment by Territory assignment)
Aug 12-17 SPANISH TRAIN-THE-TRAINER (Enrollment deadline July 13)
Sep 23-28 SPANISH ADVANCED LEADERSHIP (Enrollment deadline August 24)
Oct 21-26 SPANISH LEADERSHIP I (Enrollment deadline September 21)