District Council 57

5th Annual Leadership Conference

Solid Locals, Stronger Community Alliances

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
September 21, 22 & 23, 2012
(in conjunction with Council 57 Quarterly Delegate Meeting)
Dolce Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Ave, San Jose, CA 95136

Details and Registration (pdf)

Dear Council 57 Brothers and Sisters:

Please save the date for the 5th annual Leadership Conference on September 21-23, 2012, at the Dolce-Hayes conference facility, 200 Edenvale Ave, San Jose. As in 2010 and 2011, the Conference will include two full days of workshops and events, followed by the quarterly Council 57 Delegate Meeting Sunday, September 23.

As fellow AFSCME leaders, you know we have a way to go before there is a clearing in the economic and political storm we’ve battled for the past 4 years. Tough representation challenges, layoff threats and employer demands for bargaining concessions are still with us. Pensions remain a major focus of controversy, and the State and local initiative process has become the obscenely well-financed weapon of choice for the ideological right wing, and for an irresponsible corporate elite, unapologetic for their role in bringing down California’s economy, and eager to direct focus away from their greed and carelessness. This November, we must defeat their most dangerously deceptive effort ever to permanently silence labor’s voice in the political process – the “Special Exemptions” measure - as well as assure passage of a critically needed State revenue increase to support public services and jobs.

The Conference will address planning and skill-building for those fights. But the lesson of Wisconsin remains vivid: Labor – and our AFSCME locals – must be essential forces for economic fairness in our communities and not simply privileged intruders. Thus, we will also look deeper to the challenge of building real and permanent alliances with groups and individuals struggling on behalf of decent housing, food and economic recovery for the larger communities with whom we must re-connect, and what it takes to build those alliances. Finally, in an event to which community leaders will also be invited, the Conference will feature a Friday evening address by Lilly Led better, after whom the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is named. She will share her compelling story of a long fight for justice that ended in a legacy for all workers, women in particular.

  • 2012 Leadership Conference Basics: Registration will be limited to 125
  • There is a $25 registration cost per participant

The Leadership Conference has become an exciting tradition for Local leaders. More details will be sent to you soon. In the meantime, Save the Date, because we look forward to seeing you in San Jose!

In Unity,

Cynthia McCabe, President
AFSCME District Council 57

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