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SF Conference-Teaching Labor/Worker Education
Date Saturday January 31
Time 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location Details
Pierre Coste Room, Statler Wing
City College Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, California
Event Type Class/Workshop
Organizer/AuthorHelena Worthen, helenaworthen(at)
SF Conference-Teaching Labor/Worker Education
Join seasoned and young labor educators to showcase strategies for your education program

Saturday, January 31, 2015
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Pierre Coste Room, Statler Wing
City College Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, California

PROGRAM AS OF January 15, 2015

A day focusing on the practices and practitioners of labor education, sponsored by the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) and the City College of San Francisco Labor and Community Studies Department. Union, school, worker’s center, apprenticeship and community-based educators are invited to attend and participate. All are welcome.

The exchange will consist of brief presentations of examples of labor or social justice education content and teaching strategy by Bay Area educators. Come and present, report, share or just watch and learn. Bring materials to display or sell.


8:30 – 9:00 - Registration. Coffee and tea available. Book Table from Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco (closes after lunch)

9:00 – 9:15 - Welcome and introductions. Bill Shields, Chair, Labor and Community Studies Department, CCSF

9:15 – 11:30 - First Curriculum Exchange session. 10 minutes for each presentation, 5 minutes for discussion. Helena Worthen, facilitator.

Helena Worthen, UALE and NWU 1981: “Hard Questions”
Robin Dewey, Program Coordinator, LOHP: “Hazard Mapping”
San Francisco Council and LCSD, CCSF: “Popular Education in a Multi-Union Leadership Training”
Gifford Hartman, IWW: “Following the Work: ESL for AIWA through studying the garment industry and prevailing wages”
Tom Edminster: The CFT Labor in the Schools Curriculum
La Colectiva de Mujeres/The Women’s Collective: “Our Lives/Our Stories/Nuestras Vidas/Nuestros Testimonios”
Peter Olney, ILWU: “The Power of Acting Together: Moving Workers into Action”
Louise Rush: “The Local 2/Hospitality Industry College Knowledge Program”

11:30 – 12:15 - Lunch, opportunities to talk with presenters. $10-15 donation requested for lunch

12:15 – 12:45 - Planning and organizational matters. Bill Shields, facilitator. Helena Worthen: UALE. The AFL-CIO survey of university and college labor ed programs. Steve Zeltzer: Using media to get the message out

12:45 – 2:20 - Second Curriculum Exchange Session. Joe Berry, facilitator.

Richard Bermack, photographer: “What it takes to win the hearts and minds of working people”
Derek Green, AGFLCH: Who is the audience for Labor Culture?
Tenaya LaFore: “Reflecting on our experiences as organiz-ees”
Vivian Price, Director, CSDH Labor Studies: “Controversies between unions and communities over environmental issues”
James Tracy, Housing Community Organizer: “Housing as a Human Right”
Brigid O’Farrell, UAW/NWU 1981, author of book on Eleanor Roosevelt: “Using our Past to Change our Future”
June Brumer, Grandmothers Against War: “An Iraq Vet speaks to High School Students.”
Sue Englander, CCSF: “Dig up the Present from the Past”

2:20 – 2:35 - Break

2:35 – 4:30 - Forum on Labor Education programs. Reports and presentations about what education programs are doing, by labor educators at colleges, universities, unions, workers’ centers and community-based organizations. Bill shields, facilitator.

Bill Shields, CCSF Department of Labor and Community Studies
Alicia Flores, UC Berkeley: Labor summer programs, connecting students to labor and social justice programs
Clementina Jara, UC Berkeley, the Dellums African American Leadership and the Latino Leadership Institute programs
Maria Abadesco, UC Berkeley, The Summer Institutes for Union Women, upcoming Portland June 20
Vivian Price, Director, CSU Dominguez Hills Labor Studies Program
Jim Kelley, Director, San Jose Community College Labor Studies Program
La Collectiva de Mujeres/the Women’s Collective
Nicky Trasvina, CFHE, LCLAA and SF State University

People who would like to be included in the Curriculum Exchanges should contact Helena Worthen, helenaworthen [at] or 510-828-2745 right away for instructions on how to prepare a proposal. Similarly, labor educators who can talk abut their programs and their activities should contact Joe Berry at joeberry [at] or Bill Shields at wshields [at] to get on the agenda.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the 31st of January!
Added to the calendar on Monday Jan 26th, 2015 10:48 AM
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