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Third group graduates from Minnesota Union Leadership Program

Monday, June 10, 2013

Third group graduates from Minnesota Union Leadership Program

The third cohort in the Minnesota Union Leadership Program graduated May 16 with a ceremony on the University's St. Paul campus.

Over the course of nine months, the students attended six full-day class sessions on topics ranging from history and the economy to organizing and leadership. The group included officers, staff and rank-and-file members from a variety of unions.

ChristaCROP-Steve100x100.jpg"This class has reminded me we are all part of the labor movement and it's our responsibility to grow the movement," said Christa Mello, a staff member at UNITE HERE Local 17. "I got to meet members of a lot of unions and we were able to learn from each other."

Latonya-podium-cropSM.jpgAdded LaTonya Smith of OPEIU Local 12: "You learn about history, about labor law, about the economy. You meet people from other unions and learn how your struggle is the same as everyone else's struggle."

Minnesota AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Steve Hunter presented certificates to the graduates and praised their commitment to the labor movement.

The Minnesota Union Leadership Program is a unique educational opportunity offered by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service. The fourth group will start attending classes in September.

Learn more about the program here.

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