The IAM Women’s and Human Rights Department will offer the Human Rights Program from August 27 to September 1, 2023. The program will be held at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.
The registration deadline is Monday, July 3. The call letter and registration instructions for the program is located on the Winpisinger Center website.
Recognizing that justice and equality can only be achieved through an organized and empowered working class, the Human Rights Program will help enable members to become human rights activists. Through the establishment of human rights committees focused on fair treatment on the job and within the union we can work together to support true equality in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
The Human Rights Program trains committees to be active in local and district lodges; to improve worker rights through engagement in the legislative process; and to identify opportunities to participate in organizing campaigns that include traditionally under-represented workers. Participants will learn effective intervention strategies when dealing with workplace harassment, whether from coworkers or management. The program also provides members an overview of resources available to them.
Human rights committees encourage involvement of a diverse membership in lodge administration and provide membership with practical strategies to advocate for diversity, mutual respect, fairness, and equality in the workplace and the union.
“To advocate for a diverse workforce, it’s important that our members have the knowledge and tools necessary,” said Julie Frietchen, Director of the IAM Women’s and Human Rights Department. “This program is essential to fulfill the IAM’s core principle of ‘Justice on the Job, Service to the Community.’”