Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mid-South Union Leadership Institute Scholarships Available!

Scholarships Available!!! Mid-South Union Leadership The Arkansas and Oklahoma AFL-CIO are offering to fund scholarships to this year's Mid-South Union Leadership Institute to international or multi-state unions in their state.For every five participants a union registers, a scholarship covering registration fees will be awarded. Please contact your participating state federation if you qualify.

The Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee AFL-CIO are jointly sponsoring the 2009 Mid-South Union Leadership Institute. Hosted by the Labor Education Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Institute will be held November 5-7 at the Clarion Resort on the Lake in Hot Spring, AR.

Leadership development is critical to the success of the labor movement. Union officers and representatives with leadership responsibilities are strongly encouraged to attend. Participants will choose from two major workshop tracks: "Effective Local Union Administration" and "Union Building," as well as special topic workshops on communicating in the YouTube Age and opportunities for workers in a new, green economy. There will be updates on labor's legislative agenda, and discussions of enforcement of existing labor and employment law under the Obama administration.

To find out more, go to

Labor Education Program

Mid-South Union Leadership Institute

Sponsored by the Arkansas AFL-CIO, Mississippi AFL-CIO,
Oklahoma AFL-CIO, Tennessee AFL-CIO, and Texas AFL-CIO

October 16, 2009

Upcoming Seminar - Register Now!!!

November 5 - 7, 2009

Clarion Resort on the Lake, Hot Springs, AR
4813 Central Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71913
(501) 525-1391

Sponsored by the Arkansas AFL-CIO, Mississippi AFL-CIO, Oklahoma AFL-CIO, Tennessee AFL-CIO, and Texas AFL-CIO

Who Should Attend? Union officers and representatives with leadership responsibilities.

Major Workshops (Choose Track A or B)

Track A: Effective Local Union Administration

Track B: Union Building

Roles of Officers and Executive Board Members

Using Power to Lead the Local

Conducting Effective Local and Committee Meetings

Setting and Achieving Goals

Legal Responsibilities under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act

Growing and Mobilizing the Membership

Conducting Local Union Elections

Dealing with Conflict in the Local

Parliamentary Procedure

Special Topic Workshops (Choose One)

  1. Communicating in the YouTube Age

Learn how to use online social networks, video hosting services and microblogging/texting sites to communicate your union's message.

  1. From Smokestacks to Wind Turbines: Unions in the Green Economy

Exploring the opportunities the new Green Economy offers to unions and their membership.

General Sessions

  • Legislative Update
  • Understanding the Current Economic Crisis and Labor's Response
  • The "New" Department of Labor: Enforcing OSHA, FMLA, FLSA, and the NLRA

AFL-CIO State Caucuses

Mock Meeting to showcase skills and information learned during the conference.

Seminar Hours

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Seminar Check In

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Sessions and workshops

8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hospitality in the evening

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sessions and workshops

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sessions and workshops

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Graduation Luncheon

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Registration Fees and Options

Please register early!

By October 2 - Early Bird $200

By October 23 - Regular $225

If registering after October 23, call LEP at 501-569-8483 to confirm your registration.


  1. Download the brochure here, and fill out the registration form.
  2. Online registration available here.
  3. Agenda available here.

A minimum number of registrations are required for this seminar.

Sleeping Rooms

Please call the Clarion Resort on the Lake at (501) 525-1391 to make your sleeping room reservations.

A block of rooms has been reserved until October 5 at the rate of $82, single or double. Please mention the UALR Labor Education Program to receive this rate.


For more information contact the Labor Education Program at 501-569-8483, fax at 501-569-8538 or email

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