|Young union workers participate in the ITF Summer School held at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.|
Thirty-six young activists from 26 different countries participated in International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Summer School at the IAM William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, Maryland.
The global economy, employment changes and building alliances were included in the four-day program. Young union members had the opportunity to meet fellow workers from across the globe to learn similarities and differences in what they face.
“Young workers are the future of this industry and we need to do everything we can to promote their involvement,” said IAM General Vice President and ITF Executive Board member Sito Pantoja. “This opportunity for them to interact with workers here will energize them to continue when they go back home.”
This is the third ITF summer school program and the second held at the Winpisinger Center. Participants focus on strategic campaigning, building regional and global networks and growing union activism and participation in the ITF.
“We learn what they do in their unions, they tell us about their experiences, how they fought for their rights,” said Noor Jaber Chehayeb of the Lebanese Cabin Crew Union. “It feels splendid, actually.”