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School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Postal Worker Education School

Leaders of the Illinois Postal Workers Union and the Labor Education Program hold a three-day education conference each January.

Participants come from all over the state and are local presidents, stewards and executive board members. Plenary and workshops are taught by LEP staff and national and state Postal Worker Union staff.

Topics

  • Plenaries
  • Community Activism
  • A Strategy Against Closing Post Offices
  • Building a Stronger Postal Union
  • Mobilizing the Membership
  • An Economy that Works for All (political mobilization)
  • Songs of Struggle, Songs of Protests (the music of worker resistance)
  • Unions, Faith and Working Class Politics
  • Interest Based Collective Bargaining
  • Workshops
  • APWU SEARCH Program (computer based training)
  • Basic Steward Training
  • Defending Worker Justice Through Faith-Labor Coalitions
  • Maintenance Division Issues
  • Family Medical Leave Act Updates
  • Labor History
  • Media Representations of Labor